Aug. 21, 2013 - Nonprofit organizations gathered at the Capitol today as the United Way kicked off its charitable giving campaign. Koinonia's Home for Teens helps teens from all over the state get placed in foster homes and adoptions.
SACRAMENTO -- More than a hundred nonprofit organizations gathered at the State Capitol today as the United Way kicked off its annual charitable giving campaign.
The event gives state employees an opportunity to give to the nonprofit of their choice through payroll deductions, and charitable organizations from across the region set up tents to make their pitch.
Bill Ryland represents Koinonia's Home For Teens.
"We work with teens from all over the state. We do adoption, foster care -- the whole package with children," Ryland said.
He says donation money provides extra experiences that the foster care system doesn't fund, and prepares children for the future.
"If we can intervene while they're still adolescents, get them prepared, get them a savings account, get them jobs, get them skill sets -- it serves us all," he said.
Representatives from five counties attended the event, searching for donors and volunteers.