Tuesday Jun 19 2012
Folsom Intel rolls out help in United Way's toilet paper drive
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
FOLSOM CA - Toilet paper ? everyone uses it and everyone needs it ? including non-profit agencies. That is why Intel teamed up with the United Way for the fourth annual Live United Toilet Paper Drive. ?United Way wanted to provide something to our 140 partner non-profits and we have a goal to collect 125,000 roles this year,? said Brian Jones, United Way senior director. ?This reduces overhead costs to the non-profits and allows them to provide meals, education or services to the community.? Intel employees and United Way volunteers dismantled a large pyramid of toilet paper Thursday at Intel?s? Folsom campus forming an assembly line to load the rolls into a transport truck that would ultimately take the paper to Cal Expo in Sacramento. In total more than 115,800 rolls of toilet paper were gathered. Nicole England, and Intel employee, was one of the group leaders spearheading the donation drive. ?I have a natural love of bathroom humor,? she said. ?I loved the toilet paper idea. I was a natural to volunteer.? When England first started her volunteer efforts for the bathroom must-have she was able to collect 1,000 rolls. The following year that grew to 8,200 and this year 16,500 rolls were donated by Intel employees. ?I genuinely love giving back to the community,? England said. ?One of the Intel values is to give back to the community. The Folsom Intel campus has donated in excess of $1.5 million to non-profits in the local community, England said. The toilet paper will be distributed this week to many of United Way?s 142 certified partners in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way provides solutions on community issues, including high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way?s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers work together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.