John Treviño Jr. Holiday Assistance Program

2018 Timeline (tentative)

Thurs, November 1: Application opens
Fri, November 16: Application closes
Fri, November 30: Applicants notified
Fri, December 7: Distribution Day


Thank You to Our Supporters

The 21st Annual John Treviño Jr. Holiday Assistance Program would not be possible without the support of these community partners. Because of their generosity and support, almost 250 families received ingredients for a holiday meal. Join HFSA in thanking these supporters:

  • University Federal Credit Union
  • Office of the President
  • UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
  • IKEA
  • HEB
  • UT Sign Shop
  • UT Facilities Services
  • UT Project Management and Constructions Services
  • Black Faculty and Staff Association
  • Friends of Orange Santa
  • Friends of Holiday Assistance Program

Our History

The HFSA Holiday Assistance Program began in 1986 through the selfless efforts of two HFSA members, Twiggy Aguilera and Rebeca Treviño.  A modest offering of a frozen turkey and some collected canned goods is how HFSA began serving university employees who needed some assistance during the holidays.  As word got out, more requests were made for assistance and other partners on-campus and off-campus were enlisted to help fill that need.  As the years went on, the Holiday Assistance Program grew to assist more than 300 families during the holiday season.  Without the rallying spirit of our two founders and many dedicated volunteers, the program would not be the success it is today.

John Treviño Jr. was a pillar of the Austin community.  His advocacy and service inspired many generations of people.  He utilized his connections and political savvy to help extend partnership opportunities for the Holiday Assistance Program.  He volunteered every year and was instrumental in broadening the reach of the program.  All who knew him will always remember his wisdom and compassion. At the December 2017 Distribution Day, the program was formally dedicated in John’s name.


How to Donate Year Round

If you can help us make a difference in the lives of others, please donate to the John Treviño Jr. Holiday Assistance Program. Financial donations can be made anytime, are tax deductible, and can be done online!  This site allows for one-time gift-giving OR monthly and annual gift options. Be sure to select “Diversity and Community Engagement, Division of” from the first gift area, and then select “Hispanic Faculty & Staff Association Holiday Assistance Program” from the sub department field. You can also send a check, made payable to The University of Texas at Austin with “HFSA Holiday Assistance Program” in the memo to this address: HFSA Treasurer, P.O. Box 8184, Austin, TX 78713

During the month of November, we collect canned goods. If you would like to post a flyer on ways to get involved, please consider posting this 2017 HAP Flyer in your area.

You may also consider supporting year round our partner program, Orange Santa, which bring toys and smiles to our UT children!


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