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United Way Of South Texas Kicks Off 2016 Pacesetter Campaign
published August 2016

Top Row L to R: Jennifer Banda, HEB, Edna Garcia, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Campaign Co-Chair, Sam Munafo, Inter National Bank, Adrian Villarreal, International Bank of Commerce, Joel Pena, South TX Health System, Todd Mann, South TX Health System-McAllen Medical Center Sitting L to R: Richard Escalera, HEB, Charleen Solis, Inter National Bank, Karen Pittman, International Bank of Commerce, Cesar Rodriguez, City of McAllen and Alma Ortega-Johnson, Wells Fargo, Campaign Co-Chair
United Way of South Texas (serving Hidalgo & Starr Counties) is one of approximately 1300 independent chapters in the country. Each is a reflection of its community and supports programs and agencies that address many critical issues in local neighborhoods.

Mrs. Edna Garcia, Security Service FCU, is the 2016 Board Chair and is supported by an additional thirteen committed Board Members. Their goal is to impact the community by both administering and funding programs that address a client's education, financial stability and health needs. Through the work of our 26 partner agencies, including Boy Scouts, Palmer Drug Abuse Program, Aurora House, "211" Community Council of the RGV, Boys & Girls Clubs, American Red Cross, Women Together and many more, United Way impacts the lives of over 245,000 residents every year. This represents almost 30 percent of our service population in Hidalgo & Starr Counties.

United Way also administers the VITA (free income tax preparation) and Transportation Voucher (free bus tickets) programs for eligible clients. We also launched Volunteer South Texas in late 2015, to give individuals an opportunity to search for volunteer opportunities online at www.volunteersotx.org. Every year, United Way staff, board members, loaned executives and volunteers collaborate in efforts to raise funds through the annual campaign.

All United Way funded projects rely on the critical financial support of the community, including employees at the workplace, school districts, municipalities, private corporations, federal and state agencies and individuals. It is imperative that the community and businesses be aware of the importance of getting involved and educating employees about the services that are available. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the many solutions that United Way offers to residents on a daily basis. Clients range from infants, to end of life care patients.

United Way invites you to call 956-686-6331 to learn about joining the United Way family of supporters. We will provide fantastic training opportunities to prepare a campaign coordinator at your workplace. Join our Top 10 company supporters and hundreds of other business in supporting United Way. You can coordinate your Employee Campaign Today! Please call 956-686-6331 or visit us at www.unitedwayofsotx.org to learn more about getting involved in the 2016 Campaign.