Happy New Year!
At United Way, we resolve every day to help people be better off in life. Not just briefly as one year passes into another but every day as we come together to help them be better parents, better students, better friends and better family members. Donors, volunteers, and nonprofit and community partners unite with us to provide solutions and hope.
Our long-term mission is to support others as they work to reach their full potential. Here’s a snapshot of our impact last year:
- Overall lives impacted FY21 (7/1/2020-6/30/21): Ready Children 10,940, Successful Students 6,594, Strong Individuals and Families 16,604, Safety Net 748,693, totaling 782,831.
- United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Line received 363,683 calls and website visitors last year. The pandemic continues to move people further into poverty with call volumes reacting to the pandemic’s surges. 2-1-1 and MISSION UNITED staff serve military and civilian callers 24/7/365.
- Expanded the Dual Generation Initiative, which has been improving lives on the Eastside for several years. Thanks to a $20 million gift from MacKenzie Scott December 2020, and a recent investment from the Corporate Partners for Racial Equity, United Way is making additional investments on the Eastside and launched services on the Westside on July 1, 2021.
- For the 2020 tax year, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program saved participants $5 million in tax preparation fees and brought $36,319,972 in refund dollars to the local economy, even though locations were consolidated and curbside services were utilized during the pandemic.
- Conducted the 7th Annual Shoebox Project distributing 10,500 boxes to 64 nonprofit partners for their clients in need, including children, veterans, elderly, homeless and vulnerable populations.
- Coordinated the Write Start Project that fills the gap by providing school supplies to teachers in 81 San Antonio Independent Schools, impacting over 3,200 area teachers; and 17 schools in Schertz-Cibolo ISD, supporting over 1,000 area teachers.
- Provided over 20 $10,000 grants to community partners who served clients with basic needs (food, housing, utility assistance, and plumbing repairs) during the February 2021 Winter Storm.
- Announced that 86 companies, organizations, and nonprofit and community partners have pledged $33,769,911 to the 2021 United Way Campaign so far this year (as of October 2021) toward helping Bexar County residents, including those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- We began work as part of the Corporate Partners for Racial Equity coalition, which invested $1.5 million of its investment over three years to enhance United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County programs.
- Added to Women United’s signature cause, the Childcare Scholarship Program, now investing in 53 scholars representing 76 kids.
Your generosity helps hundreds of thousands in our community reach their full potential. Thank you for uniting with us as we carry on our meaningful work together in the year ahead and for many years to come.