CPS Energy employees, retirees and sponsors raise almost $1 million for United Way

By on October 29, 2013

CPS Energy is proud to support the United Way again this year as a pacesetter company and be a part of the record-breaking start to the community-wide rollout of the 2013 campaign.

This year, CPS Energy and partner IBEW Local 500 raised more than $982,000 through employee and retiree donations, proceeds from our United Way Golf Tournament and agency sponsorships.

That contributed to a record of almost $35 million raised for the United Way by the 86 local companies who “set the pace” for the community-wide effort, along with 62 United Way agencies and eight nonprofit agencies.

The Pacesetter campaign runs prior to the full, community-wide campaign, which kicked off Friday with the annual Kick Off Luncheon, hosted by San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley, this year’s United Way campaign chairwoman.

The goal to raise $51.3 million reflects an increased demand for the services of the United Way’s 62 partner agencies and 135 programs, Sculley said.

“Many San Antonio children, families and individuals are experiencing challenges,” she said. “Many factors have prompted more people to seek help from United Way — many for the first time. Fortunately, our campaign is off to a strong start, and we are confident that we will meet our goal to help as many people as possible in San Antonio.”

CPS Energy‘s United Way campaign officially kicked off on Sept. 5 at our downtown office. Employees took part in a fun and dynamic pep rally kick off with a little help from the talented Burbank High School drum line and the enthusiastic and dedicated City Year Corp members.

City Year San Antonio is a United Way agency that offers young people a year of full-time service as tutors, mentors and role models to help at-risk children stay in school and on track.

Employees heard a powerful message from Bert Pfiester, President and CEO of Respite Care of San Antonio, a United Way agency which offers day care and emergency shelter services for children with disabilities.

This year, the 15th annual CPS Energy IBEW Local 500 United Way Golf Tournament raised more than $80,000 to help Respite Care continue its work.

The 15th annual tournament raised more than $80,000, which will help care for 400 disabled and abused children.

The San Antonio Express-News wrote about the emergency shelter in a poignant holiday story in 2009.

Sixty-five percent of the families Respite Care serves are at or below the poverty level, making the support it receives from the United Way, and events like the golf tournament  that much more important.

The money raised will cover the basics, including food, clothing, and to help pay for medical staff as well as “fun stuff,” Pfiester said, like trips to the San Antonio Zoo.

“We’ve been a United Way recipient for 22 years,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without their support – which is, of course, the community’s support.”

Over the last month a squadron of dedicated employees, CPS Energy United Way Ambassadors and Campaign Officers “caught the spirit” and shared United Way’s message with their peers, coordinated agency tours and collected donations. The result of their commitment is our $982,000 donation to United Way.

We know we can make a critical difference in our community by banding together to achieve a common goal – that’s how we work every day here at CPS Energy in our mission to provide our community with affordable, reliable power. We’re proud to be part of a team that is committed to helping the most vulnerable in our community.

Giving back can take the form of a financial donation or spending a few hours a month mentoring a child, delivering a meal to a senior citizen or painting a fence. We hope you’ll catch the spirit and consider volunteering with one of 62 United Way partner agencies.

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