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United Way of South Texas Recognizes Starr County as “Top 10 Company”

May 17, 2022
Top Row Starr County Reps.: Pct. 4 Commissioner Ruben D. Saenz; Pct.1 Commissioner Jose F. Perez; Judge Eloy Vera; Pct.2 Commissioner Raul Pena; Pct.3 Commissioner Eloy Garza; Larry Gonzalez, PlainsCapital Bank, UW Board Member; Cynthia Fuentes, Starr County. Bottom Row: Jennifer Vazquez-Gonzalez, Starr County; Lilly Lopez-Killelea, UW President; Lucy Renteria, Starr County; Maria Lopez, Starr County.

The United Way Board of Directors recognized Starr County as a Top 10 Company Supporter of United Way of South Texas. Lucy Renteria, Starr County Victims of Domestic Violence Program, served as a Loaned Executive and coordinated the County’s Employee Campaign. This is the first year that Starr County is a Top Ten Company. However, Starr County has consistently had a significant number of Pillar Club Members. Fifteen employees joined United Way’s Pillar Club, or contribute over $500 annually to support United Way programs. The Starr County team also commits to community service throughout the year. They volunteer in United Way’s Day of Caring “Project FreshStart” and the Back-to-School “In Style” Shopping Spree. These programs offer school supplies and clothing for 3,250 students on an annual basis. Mrs. Cynthia Fuentes, County of Starr Public Relations Director, also serves on the local Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) Board.

“Starr County staff and I have been partners with United Way for quite some time now and we are very grateful to them for their sponsorship of projects that help many residents in our community,” Judge Eloy Vera said. “United Way donates funds to all four Starr County Precinct Pantries, Food and Shelter through the EFSP Program, clothing, school supplies, free income tax services, shelter and services for domestic violence victims and many other services in our community.”

With the communities’ support, United Way continues to fund other important programs in Starr County, including: services provided by the Children’s Advocacy Center; disaster relief services through the American Red Cross; COVID-19 education through a partnership with Starr County Memorial Hospital and Starr County Strong; school clothing and supplies through United Way’s Day of Caring Project FreshStart and Back to School Shopping Spree; youth recreation support; free tax preparation through United Way’s VITA program and much more.

The United Way Board of Directors extends their deepest appreciation to all Starr County employees and to everyone who invests in United Way of South Texas, to ensure that critical services are available to families in our community.

About United Way:

United Way of South Texas funds in programs that address critical services in the areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability, and Safety Net. The organization supports over 21 non-profit agencies in Hidalgo and Starr Counties that serve a minimum of 178,500 local residents annually. Services provided by United Way of South Texas through Partner Agencies include emergency shelter, family violence counseling, character building programs, child victim advocacy, and infant stimulation classes. If you would like to support United Way programs with a monetary donation, you may mail a tax deductible check to United Way of South Texas at P.O. Box 187, McAllen, TX 78505-0187 or pledge online at https://unitedwayofsotx.org/donate-now/.