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More than 140 volunteers come together for Summer Day of Caring

On Friday, June 3, over 140 volunteers at 12 different locations across Travis and Williamson counties rolled up their sleeves at United Way for Greater Austin’s Summer Day of Caring, a community-wide volunteer event. Volunteers worked on a range of projects, from cleaning up local parks to painting jungle gyms at child development centers to gardening at local nonprofits – and more!  “These Days of Caring are so important. It connects us with each other, it connects us with the community, and it connects us with the truth that when one of us suffers we all suffer, and when one of us celebrates we all celebrate,” said United Way for Greater Austin CEO David C. Smith while at a volunteer location in Leander (pictured below).  “Volunteering with United Way makes a difference,” shared Terry Cook, Commissioner of Precinct 1 in Williamson County. Terry and her team volunteer every year, and choose to support United Way for Greater Austin because “the tasks chosen by United Way are very impactful.”  Events like Summer Day of Caring are a crucial part of United Way’s mission to fight poverty. Volunteering makes a direct impact on our community in a powerful way. Community events like these aren’t possible without the help of our amazing volunteers and sponsors. A big thank you to H-E-B, JPMorgan Chase, QuikTrip, Superior HealthPlan, and Texas Gas Service for their support in making Summer Day of Caring a success!   Check out the full photo album for Summer Day of Caring here. […]

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Honor Dr. MLK Jr.’s life and legacy with us

Join us Monday, January 17 as we continue our annual tradition of gathering with our neighbors in service and learning to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King believed in the power of individuals to strengthen communities and achieve common goals, and all of us here at United Way do too. That’s what our mission – bringing people, ideas, and resources together to fight poverty in our community – is all about.  For our 2022 MLK Jr. Day of Service, we invite you to join us for one or several socially-distanced activities, all of which carry on Dr. King’s legacy of anti-racism, justice, and equity.   Learn: Take our self-guided walking tour. Walk through part of the area of Austin that was originally created to segregate Black Austinites in 1928, and reflect on how walking played a critical role in the Civil Rights Era.   Give: Donate books to the “I Am Brave” book drive. We’re partnering with Brave Communities to provide reading material to young people from  vaccine-hesitant populations, and bring awareness of the importance of diverse representation and storytelling in books.   Advocate: Advocacy is volunteerism, and we encourage you to use your voice to enact change in 2022. The Texas Primary Election is March 1. Voter education impacts voter turnout, so take some time today to make sure that you and your loved ones are registered to vote.   Volunteer: Get outside this MLK Jr. Day with the Austin Parks Foundation. Check out […]

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2015 Campaign Awards

We are honored to recognize the accomplishments of each of our campaign partners. Together, our workplace partners increased campaign giving by more than 6%. This directly impacts the resources available to help stabilize families, help children and youth succeed, and empower healthy lives for people of all ages. Thank you to every one of our campaign partners for helping in Williamson County. Congratulations to our 2015 campaign award winners. Your commitment to the values and goals of United Way is inspiring to us all. Partner of the Year: AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers Large Campaign of the Year Award (1,000+ employees): H-E-B Partners Mid-size Campaign of the Year Award (100-999 employees): Wells Fargo Small Campaign of the Year Award (less than 100 employees): Frost Bank – Williamson County Volunteer Partner of the Year:  TDIndustries Campaign Coordinator of the Year:  Mike Labay, Atmos Energy Community Builder Awards:   H-E-B, Baylor Scott & White and Wells Fargo Outstanding Employee Campaign Award: Amplify Credit Union, Cigna, City of Georgetown, H-E-B – Round Rock #1 and #2 and H-E-B – Austin 14 (1431/Bell Blvd in Cedar Park), JC Penney (Round Rock and Lakeline), R Bank, RBCFU and Target Stores in Georgetown.

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2014 Day of Caring – September 26, 2014

A record number of volunteers participated in United Way of Williamson County’s annual Day of Caring held on September 26, 2014. More than 220 volunteers provided in excess of 650 hours of time in their efforts to complete 19 local community service projects across Williamson County. Communities served by United Way of Williamson County volunteers included Cedar Park, Leander, Hutto, Georgetown, Round Rock and Taylor. Volunteers read to preschoolers in Taylor ISD, painted the Head Start facilities in Hutto, and expanded gardens at elementary schools in Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD. Others sorted donations and organized thrift store items at Round Rock Area Serving Center, The Caring Place, Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry, Hill Country Community Ministries, Annunciation Maternity Home and Hope Alliance. Williamson County Parks and local municipalities welcomed volunteers to assist with park clean up, beautification projects and trail development. The City of Round Rock made their Tool Lending Center available to volunteer projects across Round Rock. The Day of Caring is an annual event that coincides with the start of the annual United Way of Williamson County campaign and focuses on helping local nonprofit agencies, schools and communities complete projects that will benefit residents across Williamson County. Many special thanks to our Day of Caring sponsors. We are grateful for your support of our volunteers and our community.

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2014 MLK Day of Service – January 20, 2014

More than 175 volunteers marked the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by participating in United Way of Williamson County’s Day of Service on January 20, 2014. Volunteers of all ages joined together with hundreds of thousands of others across the country who participated in this National Day of Service. More than 450 volunteer hours were donated back to Williamson County during this annual event. “Each year, the MLK Day of Service seems to attract more and more volunteers,” said LeAnn Powers, Chief Professional Officer at United Way of Williamson County. “Many people have time off of work or school on MLK Day, and it’s encouraging and inspiring to see so many families or employee groups taking time on a day off to help others in Williamson County.” Families, individuals, student groups and corporate teams sorted donations, cleared and mulched trails, assisted with beautification projects and prepared the Hutto Library for an upcoming renovation project. Projects were held in Georgetown at Annunciation Maternity Home, The Caring Place, WBC Opportunities, and Berry Springs Park & Preserve. The Hutto Library hosted volunteers from ERCOT. Southwest Regional Park in Leander hosted 70 volunteers, many of whom were employees of Starbucks and TDIndustries. AGE of Central Texas and Hope Alliance hosted volunteers in Round Rock, and Shepherd’s Heart welcomed volunteers in Taylor.

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Day of Caring – September 20, 2013

A welcome weather system accompanied by cooler temperatures and scattered thunderstorms didn’t stop 175 volunteers from participating in United Way of Williamson County’s Day of Caring. Thank you to all the volunteers, made up of individuals, families and groups from many local employers, for coming together to brave the elements and complete projects at 19 locations across Williamson County! A special thank you goes out to our friends at H-E-B for the breakfast tacos and Starbucks for the coffee. THANK YOU to our event sponsors for supporting volunteerism in the community!

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HEB Campaign Celebration – October 23, 2013

Since H-E-B was founded in 1905, the company has always make people a priority; people and the community matter to them. That commitment was evident once again at the 2013 United Way store coordinators thank you lunch on October 23, 2013. Held at the Mueller – Austin 30 store, representatives from across Central Texas gathered to celebrate another record-breaking campaign year. Partners raised more than $1.17 million for people in need across Central Texas. In Williamson County, 1,829 partners pledged almost $308,000 for education, income, health and basic needs programs across the area. The impact of these contributions will allow thousands of families and individuals to access help when they need it the most. THANK YOU to each of our store coordinators and every H-E-B partner for investing in Williamson County!

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2013 Campaign Awards

Congratulations to the 2013 Campaign Award winners! You inspire us to do more for Williamson County. Thank you! Partner of the Year – Mel’s Lone Star Lanes and CJ’s Catering Large Campaign of the Year Award (1,000+ employees) – State Farm Insurance Mid-size Campaign of the Year Award (100-999 employees) – TDIndustries Small Campaign of the Year Award (less than 100 employees) – Oncor Volunteer Partner of the Year – Southwestern University Campaign Coordinator of the Year (tie) – Sandy Kotara, Atmos Energy and the campaign team at Texas Guaranteed Student Loans Community Builder Awards for top three companies who increased giving by the greatest dollar amount – H-E-B, State Farm Insurance and TD Industries Outstanding Employee Campaign Awards were also presented to H-E-B – Round Rock #3 and H-E-B in Cedar Park (Parmer/1431), Target Stores in Georgetown and Cedar Park and State Farm Insurance Improving the lives of Williamson County families now and for future generations is the focus for many local businesses that invest time and resources in the work of United Way of Williamson County through their annual workplace campaign. At an annual awards celebration held at Mel’s Lone Star Lanes on May 10, 2013 more than 20 local businesses were recognized for their commitment to investing locally in education, income, health and basic needs programs that help Williamson County residents improve their lives. In the past year, United Way of Williamson County (UWWC) Campaign Partners have invested more than $500,000 in grants and an additional $70,000 […]

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