Civic Engagement


In 2020, San Antonio’s citizens are deeply engaged as elected leaders, business leaders, volunteers, and voters in the process of making government more responsive and accountable to San Antonians.

Vibrant grassroots movements, civic organizations, business leaders, city staff, and selfless citizens actively and effectively collaborate in all areas of city operations and governance. Elected officials and city staff take ownership of issues and are accountable for results. City, county and state branches of government coordinate their work to eliminate waste brought about by duplication of effort. The city cultivates inspired and effective leaders in selfless service to the community and is recognized for delivering transparency in government.

Overview

Civic Engagement underlies the entire process and purpose of SA2020. It is the foundation necessary for our community to turn the bold SA2020 vision into a reality. It requires an active community who engages in real outcomes by voting, giving, volunteering, and leading.

Support

Corporations are another important part of our cycle of community change. Visionworks, a leading national eye care provider, is based in downtown San Antonio and commits both time and resources to increasing Civic Engagement in our community. Visionworks understands the value of an engaged, aware workforce and to that end strongly supports Leadership San Antonio (LSA). Some of Visionworks’ own leadership were members of LSA classes, which provides a forum for leaders across San Antonio to come together and discuss the issues, challenges, and problems facing our community—and then assume leadership roles to try to solve them. In addition to encouraging employees to participate in programs like this, Visionworks also promotes service and philanthropy within the company. In 2016, Visionworks served SA2020 Partners Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, SAMMinistries, and San Antonio Food Bank. An impressive 75% of employees participated in the company’s volunteer program in 2016. We’re so glad to have a successful company like Visionworks helping to cultivate inspired and effective leaders in San Antonio.

Increase Volunteerism

On Track On Track

In addition to a strong voter turnout, high volunteerism is another key sign of an engaged community that believes individual actions can make a difference. Although the biggest benefit of people volunteering is the satisfaction of giving of yourself to make a difference in your community, research shows that volunteering also provides benefits to your health. A report from the Corporation for National and Community Service establishes a strong relationship between volunteering and health. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression in comparison to those who don’t volunteer. Our volunteer rates, measured by a three-year moving average, have been slow moving, but are currently on track to meet the 2020 goal. The 2014 data were updated by the source without further explanation. The 3-year moving average for 2014 was re-calculated using the revised 2014 annual rate. This indicator was previously reported as 21.8% but has been updated to 23.4%. With this revision, the progress for this indicator changed from Flat/Getting Worse to ON TRACK continuing the general upward trend seen since 2010. In addition, the 2015 annual rate was available for update. The 3-year moving average was calculated and is reported here. 

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Updated December 2016

 
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