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United Way of South Texas Organizes Annual Day of Caring Project FreshStart
by Eloise Montemayor ... Community Relations/Public Sector Associate
published July 2017

We thank the leaders of the following organizations for allowing their employees to volunteer at Day of Caring-Project FreshStart: Border Region MHMR, City of Rio Grande, City of Roma - Police & Fire Departments & Administration, H-E-B, Medina Electric Co-Op, Inc., Rio Grande City C.I.S.D., Roma I.S.D., Serving Children & Adolescents in Need (SCAN), Starr County, Starr County Victims of Domestic Violence Program, Starr County Sheriff's Office, Starr County District Attorney's Office, US Customs & Border Protection-Rio Grande City & Roma and Walmart.
On June 21, more than 100 employees from local businesses, school districts and government entities volunteered to package school supplies for 900 freshmen enrolled in Rio Grande City CISD and Roma ISD. United Way's Project FreshStart took place at Dr. Mario Ramirez Elementary in Rio Grande City. The event kicked off with United Way Board Members and funded partner agencies who delivered a Community Impact Report.

In 2016, United Way supported direct services in Starr County through 13 partner agencies. These agencies have assisted a total of 13,188 clients from Rio Grande City and Roma alone. Services offered include emergency assistance and drug and alcohol abuse counseling. Agencies also assist victims of domestic violence and conduct forensic interviews for children ages 2-17 who have been neglected or physically/sexually abused. United Way has also provided and continues to offer direct services to Starr County through its In Style Back to School Shopping Spree and Day of Caring, Project FreshStart.

We thank the following organizations in Starr County for their support of United Way:

Border Region MHMR, Citizens State Bank, City of Rio Grande, City of Roma, Elsa State Bank, H-E-B, Law Office of Hilda Gonzalez-Garza, Law Office of Judith A. Solis, Lone Star National Bank, Rio Grande City CISD, Roma ISD, Serving Children and Adults in Need, Starr County, Starr County Memorial Hospital, Starr County Victims of Domestic Violence Program, State Employees, Texas AEP, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Walmart.

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
P.O. Box 187
McAllen, TX 78505-0187