The Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley and The Talking Drums Newsletter will be holding its Annual MLK Day of Service on Sunday, January 27, from 2-4pm at the Office of the Black United Fund in Sacramento.

They are looking for donations of unworn winter clothing such as hats, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts, and socks. Then on January 27, volunteers will assemble packages of new, unworn winter clothing to distribute to local homeless shelters.

To RSVP for the Day of Service, contact Faye at or call 916-484-3750.

Then starting in February, the Black United Fund will hold a series of workshops called Growing Our Own: Nonprofit Development Initiative, aimed at buiding, nurturing, and sustaining nonprofit organizations that in turn strengthen communities by becoming integral to local economies and social service networks.

Upcoming workshops include:

  • February 4 — Grassroots Fundraising — Covers 20 ways to build your organization’s bank account before staging a fundraiser.
  • April 1 — The ABCs of Creating a Nonprofit — Introduces beginners to California state nonprofit requirements and what they will need to acquire tax exempt status from the federal government.
  • June 3 — Developing Committed Board — Board development dos and don’ts, board responsibilities and challenges, as well as benefits and rewards.

Each session is held from 6-8pm at the Black United Fund Office in Sacramento, and is limited to 8 participants in each session. RSVP is required — contact Faye at or call 916-484-3750.

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