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United Way Recognizes Hidalgo County as “Top 10 Company”

August 31, 2022
Pictured left to right: Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres; UW President Lilly Lopez-Killelea; Precinct 3 Commissioner Everardo “Ever” Villarreal; Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez; Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu; UW Board Chair Blanca Villalobos, IBC Bank. Not pictured: Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.

The United Way Board of Directors recognized Hidalgo County as a “Top 10” Company at a Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court Meeting held in late July. Commissioner Eddie Cantu, Precinct 2, has served as the County’s Campaign Chair for over five years, with tremendous support from Judge Richard Cortez and all countywide Commissioners. Ms. Olivia Gomez, Precinct 2, was the volunteer Employee Campaign Coordinator. Her dedication resulted in the two most successful Campaigns ever run at the County. Hundreds of Hidalgo County employees contributed over $73,400 to United Way of South Texas during the 2021 Campaign. Department Directors, including Ms. Teresa Flores and David Guel, from the Hidalgo County Head Start Program, were instrumental in helping to inform co-workers about many of the critical services that are provided by United Way programs and partner agencies. Their support helped increase awareness of United Way funded programs that impact local residents every day. Hidalgo County Commissioners and employees, Precincts 1-4, also volunteer as Shopping Buddies for middle school students at United Way’s Back-to-School “In Style” Shopping Spree. Counselors select eligible students to participate in the Shopping Spree, who receive school attire, personal hygiene items and school supplies.

The generous donations from Hidalgo County employees helped over 178,500 residents in Hidalgo & Starr Counties in 2021. United Way funds programs that include emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and for the homeless; after school, youth leadership and homework assistance programs for children; end-of-life care services; advocates for children in foster care; free income tax preparation services for families who earn $60,000 a year or less; assistance for families affected by natural disasters and single home fires, and much more.

The United Way Board of Directors extends their deepest appreciation to all Hidalgo County employees for their continued support and commitment to making meaningful investments that empower families to become self-sufficient.

About United Way:

United Way of South Texas invests 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. To learn more, visit www.unitedwayofsotx.org. 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/. For volunteer opportunities, visit volunteersotx.org.