For many years the ARMA San Antonio chapter has been conducting a ‘CARE BEAR’ drive for new or gently loved stuffed bears and animals to help support our San Antonio Police Department’s Special Victims Unit CARE BEAR program. Sometime in the 1980’s the ‘CARE BEAR’ program was started by Harry Smart, who, at the time was the Records Manager for SAPD. At that time it was a once-a-year drive during the Christmas period.
About 1995 it became a year-round program that we coordinate and sponsor; no loner being dedicated to a specific time of the year. ARMA is the largest contributor to this program.
The stuffed animals are given to the SAPD Special Victims Unit to use when their patrol officers and detectives are called to a scene of abuse or domestic violence where children are involved. The police officers have the stuffed animals available in their vehicles, and they are used to offer some comfort to the children who may be traumatized as a result of the domestic violence or sexual abuse. One can only imagine what a child who is a victim or a witness to a crime must be thinking or how they feel while being interviewed by a police officer or one of the detectives. The animals provide the children with a feeling that someone cares and give them some comfort during these very difficult times.
During the 2009/2010 ARMA Chapter year, we gave to SAPD 894 stuffed animals; 2010/2011 – 4462; 2011/2012 – 3894; 2012/2013 – 1520; 2013/2014 – 1005; 2014/2015 – 555; and, so far this year, 1052 have been delivered to SAPD SVU. It has been reported that prior to the 2009/2010 chapter year ARMA San Antonio had donated over 25,000 stuffed animals to the CARE BEAR program.
Many thanks to our ARMA San Antonio chapter members, sponsors, and vendors, for assisting in the way that is best for you.
An annual event co-sponsored with SACU and is held on the Saturday after taxes. The community is invited to bring up to 100 lbs. of personal paper documents to be shred FREE. Volunteers from ARMA San Antonio, SACU, Shred Company Vendors and the community donate their time, equipment and employees to make this event a huge success.
For as long as I can remember, tax day has come every year. But for the last 14 years, our free Shred Day has come and gone. This year’s event was jointly sponsored by SACU and ARMA San Antonio and held on April 23, 2016. Every year it seems that the total pounds shredded and total dollars donated are less. We still continue to have gracious customers. Have not yet heard of any complaints, but know that cars were lined up and waiting long before the posted start time. I arrived at the 281/1604 branch location at 8:00 am, and already six vehicles were in line waiting for 9:00 to arrive. One of the shred company trucks was already there when I arrived, so we started running customers through at 8:30. As always, our thanks to the shredding companies and fellow ARMA San Antonio chapter members; Marshall Shredding, Iron Mountain and Compass.
This year we shredded 51,815 pounds compared to last year’s 73,943 pounds, 78,733 in 2014, and 107,873 in 2013. Donations received this year were $943.25, last year $1331.82, $1718.63 in 2014 and $2623.77 in 2013. The San Antonio ARMA chapter receives one-half of the donations to be used for our educational program; the other half is given to the “Credit Union for Kids”. The SACU branch locations participating in Shred Day were Main at 6061 IH 10 West, Bandera at 8889 Bandera Rd, Windsor at 8047 Midcrown, 281 & 1604 at 1717 N. Loop 1604, and Ingram at 6171 NW Loop 410. It was a fun day, and we met some very interesting people.
The ARMA San Antonio Chapter has volunteer opportunities available under all Committees Feel free to contact any committee chair you would like to work with. We are always happy to hear from you!
Engages speakers to deliver relevant presentations to the chapter for its nine luncheon meetings throughout the year. In addition, committee members ensure that the meeting facility is well-equipped and comfortable, and act as hosts to speakers and guests.
Reaches out to prospective members and encourages them to come to the monthly luncheons. Also welcomes new members and offers assistance in getting acquainted with our local chapter and events.
Convenes in the spring to compile a slate of candidates for officers and members-at-large of the Board of Directors.
Responsible for reviewing applications for scholarships submitted to the chapter, determining approval or disapproval and the amount funded. The Committee also selects books for door prizes for the monthly meetings and the annual seminar.
Annually, an audit is conducted to ensure that the funds that are received from various ARMA San Antonio membership fees, fund raisers and contributions are accurately accounted for and a report is presented to the Board of Directors at the September meeting.