United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s partnership with businesses and corporations like SWBC ensure that, together, we are making an impact in the community in the most beneficial ways. This takes year-round engagement. Health and human services needs are not limited to a particular month, fundraising-campaign period, or season.
Companies today take social responsibility very seriously. SWBC has always seen the need to be involved in its community and now it is a bigger priority to invest in longer-term initiatives. As part of their corporate culture and heartfelt appreciation for the community, it supports its employees serving the community through its SWBC Cares Program.
Employees are able to give of their money, time, and talent to projects and charities year-round, which is already “the standard” for SWBC.
“Workplace cultures are a collection of employee’s unique passions, skills, and perspectives, who want to give back in ways that personally resonate with them. Staying connected to their community through virtual platforms is an excellent way to broaden support and increase civic awareness,” said Deborah Gray Marino, senior vice president of corporate relations for SWBC.
United Way provides a variety of continuous opportunities, whether it’s working toward improvements for vulnerable populations or taking the time to celebrate our community’s progress. Here are a few of the ways SWBC and other employees stay involved with United Way:
- participating in volunteer events
- adding expertise to Impact Council teams
- supporting a food, book, or school supply drive
- advocating for policy changes
- serving as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax preparer
- disseminating literacy kits and building outdoor Born Learning Trails
- sharing event flyers and online posts
- playing for prizes and rankings on United Way’s mobile app
“It’s about finding your passion for giving back and living daily with compassion for the people in our community,” Marino added.
This is certainly the case for one particular SWBC employee always ready to roll up his sleeves and help his community:
“My mother, and her mother while she was alive, demonstrated to me the importance of volunteering. Not only does it improve our community, but it exposes us to people and situations that we normally wouldn’t interact with – presenting a huge learning opportunity. I have always been impressed by the reach of United Way in our community. No matter what the cause is, the organization is either directly involved in helping or are working with a partner organization to provide resources and guidance. From networking at Emerging Leader’s Council events to targeted giving for causes near to me, United Way has been such a valuable resource for me and so many others. I look forward to staying even better connected through its new app.”
Andrew Lenz, salesforce business analyst for SWBC Financial Institution Group
SWBC has kept its sight on the future of our community by engaging through service on United Way’s board of trustees, leadership roles with Women United and the Emerging Leaders Council, volunteering, and many other opportunities that affect change.
“Our collective long-term goals for the children, students, individuals, and families across San Antonio focus on being there when we need it most. It starts by providing robust avenues of help to those who want to help,” said Chris Martin, United Way President and CEO. “By uniting together, our residents will be better off, and our generous donors and volunteers, like everyone at SWBC, will have made all the difference.”