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Cities Pledge Support for United Way

The mercury on United Way campaign thermometers, located in Kyle, Buda and San Marcos, is rising. As of the first week of December, United Way of Hays County has raised 75% of its total $365,000 goal for the year. As the end of the year approaches, UWHC seeks to raise the remaining amount through workplace campaigns that run during December and through individual donations.

Dozens of large, midsize and even small businesses throughout Hays County host employee giving campaigns, offering thousands of residents the opportunity to make a gift, deducted in small increments from their payroll throughout the year, to United Way.  

“We are delighted to give City of Buda employees the opportunity to participate in employee giving for United Way,” says Kristin Williams, HR Manager for the City of Buda. “This is a time for employees to make a contribution to benefit their whole community; helping neighbors and friends young and old.”

United Way of Hays County works to address the underlying causes of the greatest issues surrounding education, income and health in Hays County. The organization works to through various avenues to create long-term solutions to change the pattern of need for


 “It is not enough to simply mask an issue for the short-term,” says Michelle Harper, President/CEO of United Way of Hays County. “We strive to tackle the root cause of issues, not simply treat the results of the problem.”

United Way focuses on the three core areas of education, income and health with the belief that the three form the most essential foundation for a prosperous life. In 2014, United Way of Hays County campaign dollars will go to support 30 local programs through local agencies, including five in-house programs; Born Learning/Born to Read a program designed to guide parents to be their child's first teacher to improve early learning opportunities, Familywize prescription discount cards which can save residents up to 75% on monthly medications, LIVE UNITED Library which puts new and gently used books into the hands of thousands of local children every year, GETCONNECTED Hays County a site designed to be a free and easy way for residents to connect with local volunteer opportunities and Mentors Make A Difference a program launching January of 2014 to help coordinate mentoring programs in San Marcos CISD.

“When looking at poverty and the associated health and nutrition, financial and educational factors, we look at creating supports on varying levels designed to lift people out of their struggle and break the cycle,” says Harper. “Whether it’s a family that’s hit a rough patch, a child in crisis or an individual who has found himself in a predicament, we are here to assist those who are in need. Sometimes we all just need a small boost.”

United Way of Hays County is currently seeking donations to the 1,000 Give 30 campaign to encourage 1,000 people to donate $30 to raise an additional $30,000 to expand United Way programs. View pictures of thermometer progress below.


The "mercury" rises on the thermometer located in San Marcos.

UWHC CEO & Joni Jones, City of San Marcos HR Manager celebrate progress.


Mayor Lucy Johnson assumes the honor of raising the "mercury" on Kyle thermometer.


City of Kyle employees, Mayor Lucy Johnson & UWHC CEO rejoice in fundraising progress.


United Way CEO & Kristin Williams, City of Buda HR Manager pose with the progress in Buda.

By Ellen M. Hoffman