United Way of South Texas 113 W. Pecan Blvd., 78501-9584 P.O. Box 187 McAllen, Texas 78501-0187 - Phone (956) 686-6331 / Fax (956) 686-8430


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 700 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.

I.       Campaign

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:   llopezunitedway@sbcglobal.net

Thelma Garza:             tgarzaunitedway@sbcglobal.net



II.      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 Adveritising
D. Special Events (Kick-Off, etc.)


To volunteer on the Community Relations Committee email:

Gloria Hernandez:       ghernandezunitedwa@sbcglobal.net

Thelma Garza:             tgarzaunitedway@sbcglobal.net

III.    Day of Caring

United Way of South Texas and Broadway Hardware team up to provide critical fix up and repair projects to non-profit agencies.  Volunteers from different corporations will work approximately five hours performing work that may include:  painting, building shelves, fixing roofs and planting gardens.

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:   llopezunitedway@sbclgobal.net

Gloria A. Hernandez: gloriaannunitedway@sbcglobal.net


IV.    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: tgarzaunitedway@sbcglobal.net

Amelia Rojas:  arojasunitedway@sbcglobal.net


V.      “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.


”In Style” Shopping Spree email:

Lilly Lopez-Killelea:   llopezunitedway@sbcglobal.net

Amelia Rojas:              arojasunitedway@sbcglobal.net

VI.    12 Days of Christmas:


United Way of South Texas, The Monitor, community volunteers and donors come together and assist 12 selected families in the Hidalgo and Starr Counties.  Families highlighted receive donations of food, money, toys and household goods from the community.  Volunteers come in and sort clothes, wrap gifts, deliver and pick up donations.

Volunteer Opportunities: A. Family Selection and Prioritizing (November – 8 hours)
B. Deliveries (flexible times)
C. Sorting (12 days) (flexible hrs.)


To volunteer in 12 Days of Christmas Project email:

Amelia Rojas:  arojasunitedway@sbcglobal.net

Thelma Garza: tgarzaunitedway@sbcglobal.net

About Us

Our Mission

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance to common good.

Our Vision

Allow all individuals and families to achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives.

Our Core Values

We will relentlessly pursue the following Core Values: Passion, Integrity & Empowerment

Our Key Result Areas

Maximizing Resources, Accountability & Communication