Dear Women United Member,

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well as together we navigate this difficult time. We wanted to take this time to remind you that United Way’s local focus, in concert with community impact partners, is working to improve the lives of local children, students, families and those in emergency situations. Our 2-1-1 Help Line is fielding thousands of calls locally and statewide, connecting those in need to vital resources. 

Women United’s Role in COVID-19 Response Efforts: I am proud that Women United was able to step in and partner with the SA Area Foundation and City of San Antonio’s Department of Human Services to establish the initial funding for the COVID-19 Emergency Childcare Assistance program (ECAP). Collectively, and with the help of the Holt Family Foundation, The Najim Charitable Foundation, Truist Charitable Fund, and Bank of America, the ECAP will fund 3 weeks of childcare for up to 375 children of parents who must leave home to work.

If you or someone you know could benefit from ECAP, please apply HERE

Our Mission At Work. The Childcare Scholarship Program: Through your generosity we continue to fund childcare for parents as they work their way through college or job training. Currently you are helping support 45 scholars and 61 children, and soon our new Fall scholars will be joining us. There are 30 new applicants being vetted for presentation to our Scholarship Review Committee. Stay tuned for an announcement of our new class of scholars. 

In January, we had the opportunity to host our current scholars at The DoSeum for Scholar Family Day. Jeremy, a 2020 Childcare Scholarship recipient, shared his story and how the scholarship has impacted his life. See his story and meet him below.
Upcoming Opportunities to Engage: 

  • Women & Wisdom: While we’re doing our part to “flatten the curve” and respect social distancing guidelines, we were unable to host our Women & Wisdom event on March 20. Thank you to those who donated your registration fees towards COVID-19 relief.
  • Power of the Purse: Since the Childcare Scholarship dollars raised from this luncheon are needed now more than ever, our event will go on only in a different format. The committee is currently exploring possible new dates for a reception. In the meantime, we still are in need of new purses for our auction. Please consider donating any size, style or price range. Coordinate pick/up drop off via email.

  • Virtual Thank-A-Thon: We’re inviting our members to unite and send a virtual greeting card, video or photo to our first responders and other frontline workers who are keeping our community strong. It’s simple and you can participate either individually or with your kids, family and co-workers.
  1. Visit
  2. Select your online card, upload a video or photo.
  3. Submit and smile!
If you would like more information on any upcoming Women United event or how to become more active, contact Collette Kernaghan, Vice President of Women United, at (210) 352-7034 or

Thank you for your part in helping San Antonio and Bexar County Live United. Stay safe, stay strong, stay grateful and most of all let’s stay Women United.

No declaration of social distancing will impact the compassion we can still share,
Debbie Marino
2019 – 2021 Women United Chair
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WOMEN UNITED mobilizes women who strengthen our community by investing in and promoting programs that positively impact our community’s children, families and future.