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Mercury is Rising for UWHC Campaign!

United Way of Hays County celebrates the kickoff of its 2013-2014 campaign season by installing traditional eight foot campaign thermometers to catalogue fundraising progress.  

Thermometers are located in Buda off Main Street and Loop Street, in Kyle on Main Street across from City Hall and in San Marcos on the City Hall lawn facing Hopkins Street. As fundraising progress is made, the red “mercury” of the thermometer will rise.  

“We want our neighbors, friends, supporters and constituents to remember that we are your Hays County United Way. We are here working to ensure our residents have the essential foundations for a great life,” says Michelle Harper Executive Director of United Way of Hays County. “When we all give a little, everyone reaps the benefits.”

Dozens of companies, and thousands of employees in Hays County donate to UWHC. Employers such as HEB, UPS, Wells Fargo, CenturyLink and Target in Hays County have already reported employee giving campaign results totaling to more than 70% of the $365,000 annual fundraising goal. Several more campaigns are scheduled to run throughout the month of November.  

Contributions made to UWHC are crucial to imporving the lives of residents, and creating visible lasting  changes markedly in seeing improvements in the literacy and overall education of Hays youth, improving employability and financial strength of families, and improving access to health and prevention programs for residents.

In 2014 United Way of Hays County will support 30 local programs, 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, Born Learning 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 Mentoring Makes A Difference a program launching January of 2014 to help coordinate mentoring programs in San Marcos CISD. In addition, UWHC partner programs provide services in education, income, health and prevention, as well as basic and transitional needs for more than 50,000 Hays residents annually.

“We are confident that we can achieve our fundraising goal for 2014,” says Harper. “Thousands Hays County residents have made a pledge to donate their hard-earned dollars for the needs of their neighbors.”

Visit the United Way of Hays County website or call 512.353.1420 for more information about employee giving campaigns, making a donation or volunteering time.

Campaign thermometers pictured below.


Thermometer in Buda, located off of Main & Loop St.



Staff from Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce pose with UWHC staff & board member at the thermometer in Kyle located off Center St.


UWHC staff and board members with the San Marcos thermometer, located at City Hall.