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RAISE Texas VITA Conference

On June 15 & 16 in San Antonio, join VITA programs from across Texas to share best practices, challenges and ideas. Who Should Attend: VITA leaders, program managers, site coordinators, volunteer coordinators, outreach staff, and organizations and community leaders working to expand and support VITA services in their community.


Note that we are still fine-tuning the agenda, so times and topics are subject to change. 


10:00   Welcome from RAISE Texas and Wells Fargo
10:15   Why & How the City of San Antonio supports VITA
            Richard Keith, Human Services Administrator
            City of San Antonio Dept. of Human Services
10:30   Lotería
10:45   VITA Table Topics: Pain Points, Innovations & Solutions
11:30   Making the Economic Case for EITC/CTC
            Jason Saving, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
12:00   2020-2023 San Antonio Poet Laureate
           Andrea"Vocab" Anderson
12:15   Keynote Presentation
1:00     Lunch
2:00     Tax Season SWOT Analysis & Gallery Walk
5:00     VITA Networking Reception & Dinner
             Catered by local celebrity chef Johnny Hernandez's True Flavors
             Music by San Antonio Arts Commissioner and percussionist Henry Brun
             Caricatures by Erica Missey 

8:00     Networking Breakfast
             Music by Carlos Lopez
8:30     Welcome 
8:40     Best Practices for VITA Marketing & Outreach
            Part 1: Effective Social Media Advertising
            Blackhawk Digital Marketing
            Part 2: How to Get Free Media Coverage
            Cristina Cave, Community Relations Sr. Manager, Baker Ripley
10:00   Breakout 1: Volunteer Recruitment & Management
            Jackie Cuéllar, Dir. Corporate & Volunteer Engagement
             Foundation Communities
             Breakout 2: TaxSlayer Q&A
11:15      How to Ask for Local Government Funding
12:00    Closing Plenary
1:15       Networking Lunch sponsored by River City Federal Credit Union
2:00       RAISE Texas VITA Conference ends but the work continues!

Sign Up Today!

VITA program managers: Register your team to attend here.

Funders & IRS SPEC representatives: Register here.

Travel Scholarships: The application for travel scholarships closed on May 19. Scholarship checks will be distributed by Charlene Hurst at the registration table on Friday morning, June 16.

Already signed up? Please complete our Conference Attendance Confirmation Form if you have not done so already.

Event & Travel Details

Conference Location
Connections San Antonio
4101 Wiseman Blvd, Building 308
San Antonio, TX 78253

Conference Map
Note: Follow signs to building numbers 300s, 307 &/or 308 and that will get you to the right area with Building 308.
Disregard the Vistor Check-in Signs.  You will check-in at Building 308.
If you get lost, as a security guard for directions to Building 308. 
Please arrive early to get through building security; a photo ID is required. 

The group discount for reservations expired on Saturday, May 20, at 11:00pm.  However, rooms are available at the regular rate at the hotels listed below.  When you make a reservation at the regular rate, be aware that the hotel may charge for parking. These two hotels are close to the conference location, but feel free to explore other options. 

  • Courtyard by Marriot San Antonio SeaWorld Westover Hills, 11605 State Highway 151, San Antonio, TX 78251  
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites San Antonio SeaWorld/Westover Hills, 4026 Wiseman Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78251  

Presenting Sponsor of the 2023 RAISE Texas VITA Conference