by Eloise Montemayor ... Community Relations/Public Sector Associate
United Way of South Texas is a local,
non-profit organization with the capacity
to affect individuals from birth to
end of life. Because of our mission and
our partnership with volunteers and other
non-profit agencies, our footprint in
the local community is one of the largest
and most impactful. Consequently,
United Way staff and volunteers make
accountability their top priority via the
Fund Distribution process.
Every year, volunteers from various
businesses and organizations in our local
community serve on our Fund Distribution
Panels to thoroughly review
agency applications, financial audits
and to make on-site visits. In addition,
volunteers review the agencies' goals
and outcomes. In April, partner agencies
kick off Fund Distribution by submitting
their applications for funding consideration.
Volunteers consider the following
when reviewing agency applications
and before making a final decision:
Audit, Program(s), Summary and Outcomes,
Measurement Tools (to measure
program success) and Clients Served.
In May, Phase I, United Way's Audit
Committee meets with agencies to discuss
budgets and audits. Phase II of the
Fund Distribution process consists of
agency visits. In June, Phase III, volunteers
will visit 21 agencies that provide
services to approximately 286,000 residents.
Services offered to these residents
by our partner agencies fall into our four
focus areas: Education, Financial Stability,
Health, and Safety Net. The services
include disaster relief, end-of-life
care, character-building for children, job
training for individuals with disabilities,
emergency shelter and much more.
By the end of summer, our Fund Distribution
volunteers make a final decision
on which agencies will receive
United Way funding.
United Way's partner
agencies during the 2016-2017 year were American Red Cross, Aurora
House, Boy Scouts Rio Grande Council,
CASA of Hidalgo County, Children's
Advocacy Center, Community Council
of the RGV (211), Girl Scouts of Greater
South Texas, Green Path Financial
Wellness, Goodwill Industries of South
Texas, Hidalgo Youth Center, Mercedes
Recreation Center, Palmer Drug Abuse Program, Serving Children & Adults in
Need (SCAN), Silver Ribbon Community
Partners, Starr Co. Victims of Domestic
Violence, Su Casa de Esperanza,
The Salvation Army, Women Together,
Boys & Girls Club of Alamo, Boys &
Girls Clubs of Edinburg, Boys & Girls
Club of McAllen, Boys & Girls Club of
Mission, and Boys & Girls Club of Pharr.
We appreciate all our volunteers, supporters and partner agencies.
To find out more about the programs that United Way of South Texas supports,
please visit www.unitedwayofsotx.org
or call United Way at 956.686.6331.
If you would like to support our programs with a monetary donation, you may mail a check to United Way of South Texas at P.O. Box 187, McAllen, TX 78505-0187.
Pictured in front row (seated) from left to right: Thelma Garza, United Way; Sabrina Walker, Boys &
Girls Clubs of Edinburg; Estella De Anda, Women Together; Sandra Garza, SCAN; Diana Almaguer, Court
Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hidalgo County; Delia Perez, Starr County Victims of Domestic
Violence; Second row from left to right: Dr. Marla Guerra, Fund Distribution Chair; Adriana Rendon, Boys
& Girls Club of Edinburg; Veronica Garcia, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas; Jennifer Rektorik, Aurora
House; Janie Maldonado, Silver Ribbon Community Partners; Juana Salazar, The Salvation Army; Maggie
Pena, The Salvation Army; Sara Saenz, Goodwill Industries of South Texas; Nadia Ochoa, Palmer Drug
Abuse Program; Belinda Flores Simons, Su Casa de Esperanza; Fito Mercado, Fund Distribution Cochair;
Amelia Rojas, United Way; Back row from left to right: Richard Morin, Mercedes Recreation Center;
Ernest Espinoza, Boys Scouts Rio Grande Council; Lyle Skaggs, Boys & Girls Club of Alamo; Luduvico
Martinez, Boys & Girls Club of Mission; Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar, Boys & Girls Club of McAllen; and
Ventura Hinojosa, Starr County Victims of Domestic Violence.
Pictured above: Dr. Marla Guerra, Fund Distribution Chair, and Fito Mercado, Fund Distribution Co-chair,
along with the rest of the 2016-2017 Fund Distribution Volunteers. These volunteers represent the following
companies and organizations: South Texas I.S.D, UT-RGV, AEP Texas, BBVA Compass Bank, Burton
McCumber & Cortez LLP, Chase Bank, City of McAllen, City of Weslaco, Elsa State Bank, Frost Bank,
H-E-B, Infinity Auto Insurance, Inter National Bank, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Lone Star National Bank,
Mission CISD, Navy Army Community Credit Union, Sam's Club, Security First Credit Union, Target, Texas
Regional Bank, The Monitor, Universal Pawn, Veteran's Administration, Walmart.