The United Way of South Texas and the Community Council of the Rio Grande Valley each received gracious bequests in the amount of $20,000 each from the Dr. Max and Alma Barrera Siporin Testamentary Trust.

Max and Alma Barrera Siporin were social workers who moved from Albany, New York, in the early 1990’s to the Rio Grande Valley where Alma Barrera Siporin was born and raised. They strongly believed in and supported these two social service organizations.

Dr. Max and Alma Barrera Siporin dedicated their entire working lives to social work and helping the poor and downtrodden.  Their work continued in the Rio Grande Valley by founding the Community Council of the Rio Grande Valley and the “Max and Alma Barrera Siporin Endowed Social Work Education Fund” at the University of Texas – Pan American.

Alma Barrera Siporin was the oldest daughter of Dr. Cayetano E. Barrera, Jr. and Josephine Barrera of Mission. Dr. Max Siporin was the son of Louis Siporin and Doris Siporin of New York City, NY.