About Us

Improving our Community. One life at a time. One gift at a time.

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.

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 more than 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 programs at 69 agencies, United Way is helping to change people’s lives. For more details about what we do, please refer to the index on the left.

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United Way in Our Community

Thanks to your donation, it remains the largest and most respected private health and human service organization in Bexar County, supporting 138 strong well-managed programs and initiatives at 68 partner agencies.

Your gift ensures that help is there when it’s needed the most – helping us LIVE UNITED as a community.

Improving Lives 

Our local United Way has 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. In San Antonio, United Way focuses on improving early care and education for children, helping students succeed in school, strengthening families to become more financially stable, and improving neighborhoods.

Together We Go Far

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.

You and United Way 

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 and families, right here, in our community.

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.

United Way invests your one donation in more well-managed programs that change lives and strengthen families than any other organization in this community. Following is a brief description of programs and community initiatives provided by our partner agencies.

Dedicated volunteers ensure that United Way partner agencies and programs are sound, effective and worthy of your support.  Every year volunteer members of United Way’s Program Accountability Review teams conduct on-site agency visits, assess client demographics and outcomes, analyze financial statements and evaluate overall agency and program effectiveness.

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County  352.7000 – Strengthens our community through investments in early childhood development, academic success and family financial stability while investing in 141 programs in 70 agencies that help children, families and individuals thrive.

United Way – Children – United Way supports children by safeguarding them from abuse and neglect, preparing them to attend school and graduate, developing their self-esteem and social skills and providing many other services.

United Way – Families – United Way supports families by teaching parenting skills to new parents, offering respite to families of children with special needs, supporting seniors and families caring for elderly parents and providing other services that stabilize and strengthen families.

United Way – Food, Shelter and Emergency Care – United Way feeds those in crisis, provides homeless families a safe haven, offers refuge to victims of family violence, comforts and supports those affected by disasters and so much more.

United Way – Help Line  2-1-1 or 227-HELP (4357) – Offers a free and confidential 24/7/365 telephone service for individuals and families, including service personnel, that provides quick and easy access to information about health and human services.

United Way  Volunteer Center  – Provides a clearinghouse for individuals and group volunteers. Refers volunteers to more than 1,000 programs in area nonprofit organizations. Helps United Way-affiliated and unaffiliated organizations.

United Way – Women’s Leadership Council – Enhances the lives of women and children through early childhood development, parental engagement and childcare scholarships for parents struggling to complete their education and gain self-sufficiency.

Alpha Home  735.3822 – Provides spiritually-based substance abuse treatment and support to individuals in order to prepare them to become more productive members of society.

American Heart Association  810.3100 – Fights heart disease and stroke through medical research and education in school sites, work sites and in the community-at-large.

American Red Cross, San Antonio Chapter  224.5151 – Provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Any Baby Can of San Antonio  227.0170 – Provides case management, counseling, crisis funding, and information and referral to families with children facing serious health challenges, developmental disabilities and chronic illness.

Arc of San Antonio, The  490.4300 – Provides day activity services for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and case management services to individuals and families with such disabilities.

Autism Community Network  435.1000 – Provides autism diagnostic services, parent education, professional training, outreach and awareness to children, families, service providers and the San Antonio community.

AVANCE – San Antonio  220.1788 – Through education and family support services, AVANCE strengthens the family unit and promotes school readiness in young children by parents becoming their child’s first teacher.

Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio  302.6820 – Provides educational, recreational and cultural programs for infants six weeks of age through senior adults. Awards over $100,000 in scholarships for day care and camp.

Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of Bexar County (a.k.a. Family Violence Prevention Services) 733.8810– Provides safe shelter, transition to self-sufficiency, counseling and legal advocacy for victims of family violence.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas  225.6322 – The BBBS mentoring program matches vulnerable children with caring volunteers who assist children to develop the assets they need to become productive, contributing, successful adults.

Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council  341.8611 – Youth development programs for school age boys and young women in high school offering character and leadership development, citizenship training and personal and mental fitness.

Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio  436.0686 – Enhances the educational, social and moral development of San Antonio’s youth, especially those who need it most. Great Futures Start Here.

Boysville  659.1901 – Provides emergency shelter, residential, foster care and transitional living to children 0-17 who due to abuse, neglect or family disruption cannot live with their families.

Brighton Center  826.4492 – Provides early intervention services including counseling, coordination, developmental activities, nutrition, vision and hearing screenings and physical, occupational and speech therapy in the child’s natural environment.

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio  222.1294 – Provides financial assistance, food/clothing assistance, parenting education, maternity shelter, senior/youth services, tax preparation assistance and guardianship/money management services.

CentroMed 334.3700 – Provides medical, dental, behavioral health, social, and nutritional services to economically disadvantaged, homeless and medically underserved persons through nine programs operating from 23 sites.

Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA)  225.7070 – Volunteers improve the lives of abused and neglected children in state protective custody by advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes.

Child Care Scholarship Fund  352.7000 – Helps struggling families who are completing education or training to pursue self-sufficiency by awarding child care scholarship assistance for their young children.

Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP)  671.5411 – Offers camping experiences for individuals with special needs in a medically safe environment, respite services for families and certification credit for healthcare and other caregivers.

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio  704.2526 – Serves health needs of children and families with chronic and complex medical conditions including cancer, asthma, diabetes, etc.

Children’s Shelter, The  212.2500 – Provides care to abused and neglected children removed from their homes and offers programs to teach parents self-sufficiency and nurturing approaches for raising children.

ChildSafe  675.9000 – Provides child sexual abuse victims with services necessary for emotional and physical healing through forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling, support services and coordinated investigations.

Christian Assistance Ministry   223.4099 – Provides food, clothing, financial assistance for utilities and referrals to people in crisis.

Christian Senior Services/Meals on Wheels/Senior Companions  735.5115 – Promotes the dignity and independence of homebound seniors by providing Meals on Wheels, companionship, and  Alzheimer’s adult day care to more than 5,000 seniors each year.

Chrysalis Ministries, Inc. 299.4540 – Provides interfaith ministries and educational classes for incarcerated adults and juveniles. Offers social services, support groups and psycho-educational classes to those formerly incarcerated and their families.

CI-NOW (Community Information-NOW)  562.5500 – A collaboration of public, private and nonprofit organizations working together to build neighborhood assets, quality community information systems and greater access to community technology centers.

City Year San Antonio  247.4500  – An education-focused AmeriCorps program that partners with public schools to reduce dropouts and increase college readiness.

Clarity Child Guidance Center  616.0300 – Helps children, adolescents and families overcome the disabling effects of mental illness and improve their ability to function at home, school and in the community.

Communities in Schools of San Antonio  520.8440 – School-based dropout prevention program that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Crosspoint  225.0864 – Provides a structured behavioral health program for adults referred from the criminal justice system to facilitate progress toward self-sufficiency and successful community reintegration.

Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio  334.2300 – Provides affordable and accessible primary health care, dental care, health education, wellness services, counseling services and child development programs to low-income families.

Ella Austin Community Center  224.2351 – Provides child development programs, after school activities, senior meals, emergency food/clothing/utility assistance and free tax preparation.

Eastside Promise Neighborhood  352.7000  – A neighborhood effort revitalizing the Eastside through high quality schools, improved graduation rates and engaged residents/parents that builds on Eastside assets and addresses challenges.

Family Endeavors, Inc. 431.6466 – Provides an array of programs and services for children, adults, families and the homeless struggling with chronic mental illness.

Family Service Association of San Antonio  299.2400 – Services address issues of education success, family well-being, child abuse, substance abuse, successful transition through school and independent living for the elderly.

Fort Sam Houston Youth Services  221.3502 – Helps young people develop social skills and builds their self-esteem through recreational, instructional and athletic programs, after-school care and pre-job training.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas  349.2404 – Builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Good Samaritan Community Services  434.5531 – Provides life-changing services for low-income individuals including childcare, afterschool and summer enrichment, college and career preparation, senior support, adult life skills and education.

Goodwill Industries of San Antonio  924.8581 – Helps change lives through the power of work by providing career training, job placement and wrap-around services to those with barriers to employment.

Greater Randolph Area Services Program (GRASP)  658.6351 – Provides financial help with rent, utilities, medicine, clothing, shelter, fuel and emergency food. Offers seniors congregate meals, homebound meals, medical transportation and daily social activities.

Guadalupe County United Way – Serving residents of Guadalupe County.

Haven for Hope  220.2100 – Provides hope and new beginnings for men, women and children experiencing homelessness.  We offer residential care and comprehensive services supporting transition from homelessness to housing.

Healy-Murphy Center  223.2944 – Accredited alternative education program that offers self-paced instruction, parenting, child development classes, counseling, clinic and childcare for clients seeking diploma or GED.

Jefferson Outreach for Older Persons 734.5016 – Provides free rides to medical/dental appointments, free grocery, and noon meal delivery and socialization through congregate meals for seniors 60+ in NW San Antonio.

Jewish Family Service of San Antonio  302.6920 – Provides individual, family and group counseling to overcome emotional trauma and mental disorders and learn behaviors necessary to function as productive members of the community.

Kendall County United Way – Serving residents of Kendall County.

Kerr County United Way – Serving residents of Kerr County.

Lackland AFB Boys & Girls Club  671.2510 – Offers social, recreational and educational programs for base-affiliated youngsters. Sports before and after school, camps, and classes contribute to family and community morale and well-being.

Lifetime Recovery   633.0201 – Offers targeted, evidence-based treatment for chemical dependency to medically indigent adults suffering from substance abuse and addiction, utilizing both residential and outpatient settings.

Madonna Neighborhood Center  432.2374 – Provides comprehensive services for children, families and elderly with special emphasis on the socially and economically disadvantaged.

Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio and Bexar County  352.7058 – Provides community leaders with a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues and needs in Greater San Antonio, while securing their commitment to serve nonprofit agencies through board service and volunteerism.

Mission Road Ministries  924.9265 – Helps children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities achieve their full potential for independence, productivity, inclusion, acceptance, self-reliance and quality of life.

Northeast Senior Assistance (NESA) 967.6372 – Providing free personal rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping, minor home repairs and socialization for homebound seniors age 60+ living in northeast San Antonio.

Presa Community Service Center  532.5295 – Empowers families to achieve self-sufficiency by providing emergency aid, senior and youth development programs and mentoring and support for school success.

Randolph AFB Youth Activities  652.2088 – Provides before-school, after-school and summer day care and a diversified program for dependent children of base employees living near Randolph AFB.

Rape Crisis Center for Children and Adults, The  521.7273 – Provides comprehensive services to sexual assault survivors and their families and conducts sexual assault education programs across Bexar County and surrounding areas.

Respite Care of San Antonio  737.1212 – Enhances the stability and nurturing capabilities of families of children with developmental disabilities and complex medical needs through community-based and emergency shelter services.

Rise Recovery  227.2634 – Helps teens, adults and families overcome drug abuse by providing free counseling, support groups, activities, educational classes, youth leadership training and partnerships in community education.

Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives  340.8077 – Provides crisis intervention and long-term residential services for children in crisis.

St. Paul Lutheran Child Development Center  534.8577 – Provides early childhood education for children recovering from abuse and neglect with an emphasis on nurturing their social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual development.

St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home  533.1203 – Provides emergency shelter, residential care, foster care and adoption placement for abused and neglected children.  Provides trauma assessment, counseling and family and victim services for residents and community.

SA Youth 223.3131 – Helps high-risk urban school children stay in school and young adults who have dropped out of school gain a second chance through high-school credit recovery and workforce training.

Salvation Army, The  352.2000 – Provides emergency shelter, food, clothing and disaster services for those in need.

SAMMinistries (San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries)  340.0302 – Helps the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless to attain self-sufficiency by offering, with dignity and compassion, housing and services.

San Antonio AIDS Foundation  225.4715 – Offers residential  HIV/AIDS skilled nursing hospice care including case management.  Additional services include hot meals, rental assistance, transitional housing, prevention education and free HIV testing.

San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse  225.4741 – Offers prevention, intervention and treatment services for children and families and resources for teachers, clergy and community groups to promote safe and drug-free communities.

San Antonio Food Bank  337.3663 – Fights hunger in Bexar and the fifteen surrounding counties through food distribution, programs, education and advocacy. Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.

San Antonio Public Library Foundation  225.4728 – Promotes literacy and learning all while raising awareness for the resources and programming offered by our local library system.

San Antonio Sports 820.2118 – Improves the health of local families through family – friendly physical activities with the purpose of lowering the rates of obesity and diabetes in San Antonio.

Seton Home  533.3504 – 24-hour residential program that provides medical, educational, life skills, recreational, parenting and therapeutic services to homeless, pregnant/parenting teens who choose to parent their children.

Southwest Outreach for Older People (SWOOP) 558.0007 – Provides free, safe, reliable, volunteer assistance transportation for underserved seniors and caregivers in south and west San Antonio, helping them stay healthy and connected to their community.

Texas Diaper Bank 731.8118 – Provides basic necessities such as diapers and other baby essentials, incontinence products for seniors, health education and other services benefitting over 15,000 families annually.

ThriveWell Cancer Foundation 593.5949 – Provides life-saving transportation assistance to cancer patients who would otherwise be unable to get to-and-from their treatment and medical appointments.

United Way of Comal County – Serving residents of Comal County.

USO San Antonio  227.9373 – Provides critical support to those who need us most – forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, their families and families of the fallen.

YMCA of Greater San Antonio  246.9622 – Stands for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, through state licensed childcare, character building youth development, senior and holistic wellness programs.

Young Women’s Christian Association 228.9922 – Empowers children and youth to become productive and self-sufficient citizens by encouraging them to succeed in school and pursue higher education.