What We Do

United Way has become synonymous with caring and helping children, families and individuals.

We have a long tradition of helping people with basic needs – food, clothing, shelter and safety – and changing lives through strong, well-managed programs. United Way is also engaging the community to get to the heart of problems and identify solutions.

Our mission: To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another.

In San Antonio, United Way focuses on improving early care and education for children, helping students succeed in school, and strengthening families. The United Way 2-1-1 Help Line is a critical link for over half a million callers a year seeking assistance and referrals to health and human services across the area. Through community initiatives like these and investment in 138 outcomes-based programs at 69 agencies, United Way is helping to change people’s lives.

Because of the generosity of donors across San Antonio, more dollars can now be invested in programs that our volunteer reviewers found to be the strongest. Your gift- combined with those of thousands of other contributors – makes a true impact in the lives of children, individuals, and families, right here, in our community.

As stewards of your trust, United Way makes every effort possible to keep administrative costs at an absolute minimum. In fact, United Way’s operating expense of 6 percent is one of the lowest of any United Way in the country! That means that 94 cents of every dollar you pledge goes directly to changing lives.

To view additional information about Community Investments and Funds Distribution, click HERE

Who’s Who for 2016

  • Rick Cavender, President of Cavender Audi, is at the helm as campaign chair.
  • Harvey Najim, President of the Najim Family Foundation, presides as United Way’s Chairman of the Board.