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Our Promise 2021: United Way offers support

Our Promise: United Way video features mom and son.
Charlotte Micallef's son, Manny, plays an eager student in a United Way video about their Digital Equity Project.

Our Promise helps nonprofits like United Way

The work United Way California Capitol Region does to support her community impressed Charlotte Micallef so much she has made supporting their efforts a family affair.

Her son, Manny, is featured in this video highlighting United Way’s Digital Equity Program that provides free hotspots, broadband, computers and training for families in need.

It’s one of thousands of nonprofits CDCR and CCHCS employees can support via Our Promise: California State Employees Giving Back at Work.

Nonprofits rely on generosity of others

“I believe it is important to raise awareness and to advocate for nonprofits because we, as employees of the state, are blessed with knowing we have a monthly paycheck to rely on while these organizations are hoping for donations to continue running their nonprofits,” said Micallef, a Health Program Specialist in the Statewide Dental Program. “An individual can donate as little as $5 a month, which is comparable to a Frappuccino or a smoothie, and that $5 assists the nonprofit in continuing their good work.”

Charlotte Micallef standing with hands on hips.
Charlotte Micallef

In addition to the Digital Equity Program, United Way California Capital Region supports sustainable community development, providing virtual literacy tutoring to students in need of support, and various financial assistance initiatives.

The organization serves people in the following counties: Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo.

Micallef has been involved with Our Promise since 2012, when she started working for the state. She’s helped organize fundraisers such as nacho bars, cotton candy sales and bake sales (pre-pandemic, of course).

This year she’s serving as a Key Connector for her division. This means she helps educate her team about how they can support any nonprofit they choose through voluntary payroll deductions.

“There are so many varieties of nonprofits to choose from, and every donation makes a difference,” Micallef said. “I want to make a difference. I want to teach my son Manny that a kind gesture (like an Our Promise donation) goes a long way and makes a difference.”

How to help

United Way can be supported via Our Promise: California State Employees Giving Back at Work. Visit Cal Employee Connect to access the ePledge portal and make a voluntary donation via one-time or ongoing payroll deduction. Please note: The ePledge portal cannot be accessed using Internet Explorer.

The CDCR/CCHCS Our Promise campaign runs September 15 through October 15.

Learn more at

Our Promise Spotlight: United Way California Capital Region

Social: Facebook
Phone: (916) 368-3000
Tax ID: 94-1225382

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