United Way Campaign Kicks Off with Record $34.9 Million Lead Toward $51.3 Million Goal
- October 25, 2013
- Posted by: swebadmin
- Category: News
SAN ANTONIO, TX – (October 25, 2013) — A growing community need inspired a record goal as the 2013 United Way Community Campaign officially launches. San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley, 2013 United Way campaign chairman, announced that 86 Pacesetter firms, 62 United Way agencies, and eight nonprofit agencies have pledged a record $34,963,816 toward this year’s $51.3 million goal.
The Pacesetter campaign runs prior to the kickoff of the full, community-wide campaign to set the campaign tempo and to generate enthusiasm, support and leadership. The employees of United Way Pacesetter companies raised $34,963,816, a 5.9 percent increase over last year’s Pacesetters and $1,945,582 additional new dollars. The $34.9 million already pledged to the 2013 United Way campaign is 68.2 percent of the total campaign goal.
The $51.3 million goal for the community campaign, comprised of the United Way campaign and the Combined Federal Campaign (representing military and civilian federal employee donations), reflects San Antonio’s continued growth and an increased demand for the services of United Way agencies.
“Many San Antonio children, families and individuals are experiencing challenges,” said Sculley. “For all of us, but especially for those living on the edge, many factors have prompted more people to seek help from United Way — many for the first time. Fortunately, our campaign is off to a strong start, and we are confident that we will meet our goal to help as many people as possible in San Antonio,” she said.
Approximately 1,300 business and community leaders, the largest crowd ever, attended Friday’s kickoff luncheon at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Sculley challenged local companies and individuals in San Antonio to get involved and participate in the United Way campaign to help the children, families, elderly, disabled, and homeless across Bexar County.
“San Antonio is a national leader in United Way giving because there is a mentality of generosity and a strong sense of community here,” Sculley said.” “The community’s continued commitment to United Way will help improve the quality of life for countless citizens of one of the greatest cities in America. It is now up to all of us to maintain the momentum and push the campaign over the top, she added.
The United Way community campaign concludes with a final total announcement on Tuesday, December 17.
The local Combined Federal Campaign goal of $5.5 million represents 10.7 percent of the total 2013 United Way community goal.
United Way is the largest private health and human service organization in Bexar County. Through investments in 62 partner agencies and 135 programs, United Way works to help children, strengthen families and neighborhoods; provide emergency care for those in immediate need of food, clothing, shelter and disaster assistance; and help the community work together and live united.
“The need for United Way help is greater than ever—especially for basic services such as food, clothing, shelter, child care, job placement and many other vital services,” said Sculley. “Our community is catching the spirit and stepping up in unprecedented ways to reach this year’s campaign goal,” she said.