The United Way of South Texas is run by committed volunteers.  A professional staff administers the daily operations.  A volunteer Board of Directors made up of a cross-section of local community leaders makes all policy decisions.  Volunteer committees work in all major functions of United Way such as campaign, marketing, finance, fund distribution, strategic planning and communications.

Each year more than 1,000 caring community citizens serve as United Way volunteers.  Volunteers deliver services, raise funds, and help make the tough decisions of how money raised in the community is put to the best use.

Below are the various ways you can contribute.


United Way saves the community thousands of dollars by consolidating fund raising efforts, providing a unique form of accountability, and investing in a diverse group of local non-profits.  Every organization is looking to maximize its investments and time commitments.

While, the UWST Campaign kicks off in September every year, volunteers already have been busy with the Pacesetter Campaign, select businesses that run their UW campaigns early to set the ”pace.” The annual campaign usually runs September through December.

Volunteer Opportunities: A. Jump Start Council (June – July.)
B. Campaign Cabinet (Sept.-Nov.)
C. Loaned Executive (Sept. – Nov.)
D. Speaker (Aug. – Nov.)
E. Campaign Auditor (Aug. – Dec.)

To volunteer in the Campaign email:

Lilly Lopez-Killelea:  llopez@unitedwayofsotx.org

Thelma Garza:  tgarza@unitedwayofsotx.org


Community Relations

Assist in the creation and/or selection of annual Marketing Strategies as related to all functions of the organization, with the goal of increasing United Way awareness in the community.  Volunteers will serve as a Communications Committee member.

Volunteer Opportunities: A. Print Advertising
B. TV/Radio Advertising
C. Website Advertising
D. Special Events (Kick-Off, etc.)

 To volunteer on the Community Relations Committee email:

Eloise Alvizo: emontemayor@unitedwayofsotx.org

Thelma Garza: tgarza@unitedwayofsotx.org

 Day of Caring Project - FreshStart

United Way of South Texas and various community members team up to assemble bags of school supplies for approximately 3,300 incoming 9th grade students every year.  Volunteers from different corporations will work approximately five hours performing work.

Volunteer Opportunities: A. Company Team Member (4 hrs. on a Sat.)
B. Project Manager (April/May)

 To volunteer in the Day of Caring Project email:

Lilly Lopez-Killelea:  llopez@unitedwayofsotx.org

Eloise Alvizo: emontemayor@unitedwayofsotx.org


Fund Distribution Process

The Fund Distribution process for the UWST partner agencies is decided through financial reviews, on-site agency visits and outcome program reviews.  Review teams, or panels, comprised of community volunteers and/or UWST Board Members, are educated on the fund distribution process, review the agencies and make recommendations to the full UWST Board, which makes the final decision on fund distribution.

Volunteer Opportunities: A. Panel Member (Program Review)(May/June-1 day)
B. Audit Team (Financial Review) (May/June-1 day)

To volunteer in the Fund Distribution Process email:

Thelma Garza: tgarza@unitedwayofsotx.org

Maria Flores: mflores@unitedwayofsotx.org


Back-To-School “In Style” Shopping Spree

 Sixth thru Eight Grade students from different school districts ( on a rotating schedule each year) return to school “In Style” with the help of the United Way of South Texas, AEP, H.E.B. and Target Management Staff at Las Tiendas.  The “In Style” Shopping Event will provide back to school supplies and back-packs for each child.  Volunteers (Shopping Buddies) from different corporations volunteer to assist each youth in spending their $150 Individual gift.  Students are allowed to purchase clothing and other personal hygiene items.  The selection of students is based on eligibility criteria and submitted ONLY by the respective school districts.

To volunteer in the Back-To-School “In Style” Shopping Spree

Lilly Lopez-Killelea: llopez@unitedwayosfotx.org