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City employees' charitable fund grows

Program sees increase in pledges, participation
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The Roseville Employees Annual Charitable Hearts Fund experienced a 10 percent increase in pledges this year, bringing the total amount to $113,909.

Those pledges come from city employees who donate money out of their paychecks directly to charities they select. The program also had a 5 percent increase in participation. This year's annual REACH program ended in March.

Shriners Hospital for Children received the largest pledge amount at $13,468. Placer SPCA received $12,383 worth of pledges and Placer Food Bank earned $10,558. The city's newest nonprofit option - Zafia's Family House - got $8,729 in pledges.

The city started the REACH Fund in 2003 as a community-giving program to help those in need. Originally, the program only involved city employees, but it has since grown to include donations from local businesses and individuals. Of collected funds, 100 percent is spent in the local community to boost nonprofit organizations.

The fund accepts donations throughout the year. To donate, contact Vicki Philpott at (916) 774-5353 or email vphilpott@roseville.ca.us.

~ Sena Christian