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IN THIS ISSUE:

Days of Caring 10/11, 12, 13

Campaign Kickoff Celebration 10/18

H-E-B 5K benefits United Way 10/20

UT Health Science Center SECC Leadership Event

EPN Building Dedication

Booker T. Washington Elementary Receives New Playground

Need help? Or want to help? Call 2-1-1

Linda Tarr-Whelan Addresses WLC

STORY OF HOPE
Building Roland's Walkway

 
 
 
 

Days of Caring 10/11, 12, 13

For over 20 years, United Way of San Antonio's Volunteer Center has coordinated Days of Caring to engage corporate and group volunteers. Last year, over 3,000 volunteers were mobilized to work at nearly 50 local nonprofit agencies. Volunteer teams ended their days informed, inspired and tired. The agencies leveraged their hard-earned dollars by utilizing the brilliance and brawn of volunteers to shine a little more brightly. Days of Caring involvement is a perfect way to promote team building and to raise your company’s profile in the community. Projects can last from four hours to three days, can be indoors or outdoors, take place during work hours or on a week-end; in your neck of the woods or in a neighborhood you have never visited. Click here to view current Days of Caring projects for your group or team. Presenting sponsor is H-E-B Tournament of Champions. Additional sponsors include Valero, Southwest Research Institute, The Hartford, Boeing, Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas, Macy’s, CH Guenther & Son, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country, and NuStar. For more information contact Karen Williams at kwilliams@unitedwaysatx.org

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Campaign Kickoff Celebration 10/18

The 2012 United Way Kickoff Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 12 noon at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom C. Join us for the exciting event, emceed by KENS-TV chief meteorologist Bill Taylor and highlighting the community-wide kickoffs of United Way campaigns and featuring the results of Pacesetter campaigns. For tables ($350) or individual reservations ($35), please contact Terrie Locke at 352-7015 or tlocke@unitedwaysatx.org.

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H-E-B 5K Benefits United Way

The third Annual HEB/United Way 5K Run/Walk event will be held at 8 a.m. at SeaWorld San Antonio on Saturday, October 20, 2012. All proceeds will benefit United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Participants will have the opportunity to run/walk the 5K, eat at the private H-E-B picnic and enjoy SeaWorld the rest of the day. Or you can simply complete the 5K. Kids ages 12 and under are free with a participating parent. The first 1,000 registrants for the 5K Walk/Run will receive an event t-shirt, and snacks and drinks will be available at the race. Please click here to register. For questions please contact uw5krun@heb.com.

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UT Health Science Center SECC Leadership Event

UT Health Science Center leaders and managers were recently treated to breakfast to help kick off the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). Bill Greehey, chairman of NuStar Energy and well-known San Antonio community leader and philanthropist for whom the Greehey Academic and Research Campus is named, encouraged those present to lead by example in making lives better in our community through the SECC. The Spurs Coyote was on hand to rev up the crowd. President ad interim Kenneth Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., reminded attendees of the SECC agencies that directly benefit the Health Science Center, the Cancer Center Council and the Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society, as possible choices for donations.

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EPN  Building Dedication

The Eastside Promise Neighborhood (EPN) coalition recently held a Building Dedication/Ribbon Cutting ceremony at their offices on the campus of Ella Austin Community Center, 601 Lamar. A presentation was made to local Labor union representatives who volunteered the labor to refurbish EPN offices. The event also included the unveiling of the EPN student-designed logo, a ribbon cutting, and an office tour. Attending were Ivy Taylor, District 2 Councilwoman; Dr. Sylvester Perez, SAISD Interim Superintendent; James Howard, SAISD Board President; Dr. Leonard Lawrence, Chair EPN Advisory Committee; Jessica Monsibaiz, Sam Houston H.S. student and EPN logo design winner; along with Labor union representatives. The Eastside Promise Neighborhood collaboration, led by United Way, is working to improve school readiness and academic results, revitalize and stabilize the community, and bolster the connection between families, schools and strong neighborhoods, helping residents from cradle to college to career.

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Booker T. Washington Elementary Receives New Playground

San Antonio’s Charity Ball Association recently enhanced the city’s Eastside, unveiling a new playground donated to the SAISD Foundation for Booker T. Washington Elementary School at 1823 Nolan Street. The new playground accommodates two classrooms at a time, nearly 40 kids. The playscapes are physically and academically engaging with interactive games where children can build words or use blocks to solve math problems. One is designed specifically for younger children--the second for older youth. The Charity Ball Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding gaps in community needs and focuses primarily on brick and mortar projects, which are historically underfunded by philanthropy entities. The Eastside Promise Neighborhood collaboration, led by United Way, is working to improve school readiness and academic results, revitalize and stabilize the community, and bolster the connection between families, schools and strong neighborhoods, helping residents from cradle to college to career.

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Need help? Or want to help? Call 2-1-1

What if you could remember the number of every social service agency in your community? Now you can. It's 2-1-1 -- an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with information and community resources. By simply dialing three digits, you can now make one call to find or give help. No more wasted time trying to find the right resource. You will reach a trained, caring professional 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It's efficient, fast and easy to use. And the call is free and confidential. Dialing 2-1-1 is a starting point for making a connection to community services such as: food and clothing, legal help, medical care, dental care, employment, child care, housing, counseling/mental health, income tax preparation, smoke detectors, and many other services.

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Linda Tarr-Whelan Addresses WLC

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) of United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County hosted a luncheon featuring The Honorable Linda Tarr-Whelan on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. WLC Chair Graciela Cigarroa passed the gavel and chairpersonship to Jennifer Moriarty, Vice President of Community Development for Wells Fargo. Former Ambassador Tarr-Whelan is the award-winning author of Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping up to Leadership and Changing the World. She was Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in the Clinton Administration and Deputy Assistant to President Jimmy Carter for Women’s Concerns in the White House. Tarr-Whelan serves on the National WLC board for United Way Worldwide. For more information on the Women’s Leadership Council, contact Linda Garza at lgarza@unitedwaysatx.org.

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Building Roland’s Walkway

“Hi, my name is Jim Jory. I work at Harland Clarke in San Antonio. My wife, Cindy, had a student named Roland in her class whose wheelchair was always muddy after a rainy day. His father would roll it through the grass to get around the stairs because they didn't have a ramp where they lived. So she asked if my Men's Ministry would be interested in building one for him.

After a site visit at the apartment where Roland lives, I realized the task at hand was greater than I imagined. Cindy also never let me use the word ramp again … we were going to build a “Walkway” for Roland, not a ramp. So after all these years of telling you guys how great United Way is, I decided to put my faith in United Way to the test.

I called United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and asked for help. I was immediately put in contact with United Way's 2-1-1 Help Line. 2-1-1 is a starting point for making a connection to community services. I explained our desire to build a "Walkway" for Roland.

2-1-1 recommended I contact Any Baby Can, a United Way partner agency dedicated to helping families with children suffering from chronic illness, disability or developmental delay – regardless of income; and Texas Ramp Project, a group of volunteers that build wheelchair ramps every Saturday morning for the low-income disabled.

So with the inspiration of my wife, Cindy, the Men’s Ministry at Cross Mountain Church, United Way's 2-1-1 Help Line, the passion Harland Clarke gave me for United Way, Any Baby Can, and the Texas Ramp Project; we built Roland’s Walkway. Families, communities, churches, Harland Clarke, United Way, and their agencies UNITED together to make life a little better for a six-year-old boy with cerebral palsy.

“iGive” is not a just a campaign slogan to get the employees at Harland Clarke to give to United Way, it is real people like you and me who are informed, involved, invested, and inspired to give back to the communities where we live, work, and play. United Way needs your help so we can make a difference in your local community. Like they did in my community for my wife  and her student Roland.

I'm Jim Jory and iGive to United Way.”
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Jim Jory is Director of Sales Support for Harland Clarke. He has been involved with United Way for 22 years.

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