Founded in 1917 as the Sacramento County Tuberculosis Association, the organization that is now Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails (BREATHE) serves 28 counties in Northern California. Though our focus is local, BREATHE has a national reputation for breaking new ground and seeking original solutions to cleaning the air and improving lung health.

"The Clean Air & Healthy Lungs People since 1917"

Though our name has changed many times throughout the years, we are the same organization that pioneered the creation of smoke-free workplaces and restaurants, helped make light-rail a reality in Sacramento, fought for the passage of Proposition 99, and played an instrumental role in phasing out rice straw burning in the Sacramento Valley.

Today, BREATHE continues its tradition of challenging the existing status quo as we strive to clean the air, improve lung health, and eliminate tobacco from people’s lives. We're proud to say that we spend 100% of every dollar raised in the communities we serve to develop and expand the innovative programs that are working improve our region's health.

Frequenly Asked Questions

  • Is Breathe California a statewide organization?

    Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails is one of five organizations in the statewide Breathe California Alliance. We are all working to improve lung health in California; however, each office operates independently and develops services and programs according to the needs of their local communities.

    Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails is headquartered in downtown Sacramento, serving a 28-county Northern California region. Please click here to learn more.

  • How is Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails funded?

    As a grassroots-oriented 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, BREATHE is funded through a variety of sources, including: public and private grants, corporate sponsorships, fundraising events, individual donors, and planned giving through memorials, honorariums, trusts and bequests. Click here for more information.

  • How do I get BREATHE's programs in my child's school?

    If you would like to see one or more of BREATHE's educational programs at your child's school, please contact us at staff@sacbreathe.org, and we'll be in touch!

  • Does BREATHE provide direct medical services, respiratory equipment or prescription assistance?

    No, BREATHE does not provide any direct medical services, respiratory equipment or prescription assistance at this time. Our current programs focus on lung disease prevention and education.

  • Does BREATHE offer any student volunteer or internship opportunities?

    Absolutely! We have plenty of opportunities for both student volunteers and interns. Current and upcoming volunteer opportunities are regularly posted on our Volunteer Page.

    Students interested in formal internships for school credit should email a resume and cover letter describing their academic interests and future career goals to staff@sacbreathe.org for consideration.