In San Antonio, we’re getting things done.
And we’re doing it in a very focused way, targeting the focus, energies and dollars of United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s Women United on Childcare Scholarships.
We’re supporting children in San Antonio by investing in quality early education. And we’re supporting women in San Antonio by making it possible for them to get a degree or job training. Last year, we awarded 44 childcare scholarships, and provided quality child care for the 69 children of those students. Seven Childcare Scholarship recipients graduated last year, and one has been accepted to dental school.
Our Women United is made up of 3,100 women who want to make lasting change. Last year, we invested $4.3 million into community programs that are making life better for families. In the last two years, Women United members have designated more than $500,000 to our signature cause supporting parents pursuing their dreams as early education teachers.
The impact we’re making is best described by Amy or Atenas, two Childcare Scholarship recipients.
“Women United has changed my life as well as the lives of my children,” says Amy Martinez. “While I have been given the opportunity to fulfil my dream of becoming an oral surgeon, my children have been able to receive high quality early education in a safe and loving environment.” Over three years, Amy got $36,400 in Childcare Scholarships. It helped cover the cost of child care for her three children under 7. Without child care, she could not have gotten through college.
“Because of Women United’s generosity in providing educational childcare for my children, my son was well prepared for kindergarten, was quickly advanced to 1st grade curriculum and has continuously excelled in his academics,” says Martinez. Amy graduated from Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and is pursuing her graduate degree at the UT Health School of Dentistry. She is excited to continue her education and looks forward to becoming Dr. Amy Martinez, D.D.S.
Atenas Moctezuma is military wife and mother of three, including one child with special needs. But it’s hard for military wives to go to college, because they’re always on the move and they’re often single-parenting while their husbands are deployed. Atenas got the chance to go back to school to become a nurse. While her husband stayed on base in North Carolina, she and her kids moved back to Texas. Her mom had planned on caring for her son, Maddex, who has Down’s Syndrome, but experienced health issues. “Without the Childcare Scholarship Award, I would not be able to provide Maddex with the quality of care that he is receiving,” said Moctezuma. “His daycare has employees who are specifically trained to care for children such as Maddex, and he has already progressed in his social skills and fine motor skills since he started there.”
Atenas graduated this spring with an associate degree, and is pursuing her B.A. in nursing. Her goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Chair, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County Women United