Hope for the Holidays-How It Works


Assistance Given When All Other Resources Are Exhausted

Hope for the Holidays is a community based program designed to provide assistance to individuals who are unable to receive assistance from existing services or agencies. 

The program is organized, sponsored and led as a philanthropic effort by the San Angelo Standard Times, Foster Communications, and the United Way of the Concho Valley. 

100% of funds collected by Hope for the Holidays will be disbursed to assist individuals and families.  No administrative fees are assessed by United Way of the Concho Valley to administer this program.




How the Program Works:

  • Individuals needing assistance may be nominated by an agency, a family member or can be self nominated.
  • Nominations are accepted only in writing. The nomination can be through a letter explaining the specific circumstances of the case including needs and contact information or by completing a nomination packet.
  • A committee of community volunteers will review all nominations and select the recipients.
  • A nomination may not result in the acceptance of the person or family in the program.
  • Once selected, the person or families will be contacted by Rick Smith from San Angelo Standard Times.  He will interview them and then write an article that will be published in the San Angelo Standard Times.  Foster Communications will also do promotional ads to publicize the need for funds or community resources and the community can begin sending money or offers to donate in kind contributions. 
  • This program will not provide cash assistance to selected recipients.  All disbursement of funds will go to qualified vendors who provide specified items or service on behalf of the recipients.