Chairman’s Message



August 2017


For most children back-to-school means shopping for supplies, purchasing new clothes, and enjoying the last few days of summer.

But too many Bexar County families lack the most basic resources like backpacks, notebook paper, and pencils. An important milestone on the road to on-time graduation is success in elementary and middle school. Lacking necessary school supplies is a significant obstacle to success.

United Way’s first-ever Write Start Project has already collected hundreds of urgently needed school supplies, helping ensure that local students go back to school prepared and ready to learn.

An energetic group of 150 volunteers comprised of United Way corporate and community partners came together at the AT&T Center to help stuff 1,520 back-to-school kits to support teachers at 27 schools. We know our students will be inspired and will benefit from these gifts to get them off to a good school year.

A special thank you to partners:  Firstmark Credit Union, H-E-B, San Antonio Stars, ReadyKidSA, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, UPS, Phillips Distribution, and Eastside Promise Neighborhood.

We’re thrilled to be making a difference in the lives of local students, and we appreciate our friends, partners, donors and volunteers throughout the community for helping us bridge the gap. It’s a way for the United Way to support the link between the community and the school.

That’s why we are preparing children for school and life, helping students graduate and succeed, and providing the tools to support individuals and families. We also invest in 69 agencies and 137 programs that are helping children start strong, youth grow strong, and families stay strong.

These are the building blocks that we all need for a good life.  And, their importance is never more top of mind than when our children go back to school.


Rick Cavender

2017 Chairman, United Way Board of Trustees

President, Cavender Audi

Past Messages:

July 2017