United Way gives nearly $2.5 million to local programs

Posted at 2:03 AM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 03:03:21-04

MAY 15, 2018 – United Way of the Coastal Bend announced grant awards totaling $2,465,387.20 to 35 local programs that change lives in the areas of education, health and financial stability across 60 communities. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, United Way of the Coastal Bend’s grant-funded programs helped more than 130,000 people.

Unless otherwise designated, funds given to the non-profit go into the Community Investment Fund, which is then divided into grants awarded to local programs based on an in-depth reporting system overseen by a volunteer panel of donors from the community.

"It’s our mission to improve lives in the Coastal Bend by mobilizing the caring power of the community. We wouldn’t be able to effect this much change and help these many people if it weren’t for the generosity of our donors," said Catrina Wilson, President & CEO of United Way of the Coastal Bend, "This shows that united, we all win."

These 35 programs work toward specific goals within the non-profit’s three areas of focus – education, health and financial stability. Direct services provided by United Way of the Coastal Bend’s grant-funded programs go beyond offering a hand up from unforeseen circumstances and life events, producing long-term independence and life-changing results.

Programs receiving grants for the 2018-2019 fiscal year include (organized by focus area):


Aransas Pass for Youth – summer camp program
Big Brothers Big Sisters – mentoring
Boy Scouts, South Texas Council – Scoutreach
Boys & Girls Club of Alice – Power Hour program
Boys & Girls Club of Kingsville – Project Learn
Girl Scouts – outreach
Greenwood-Molina Children’s Center – childcare
Mary McLeod Bethune Day Nursery – childcare
Neighborhood Centers – youth development
Neighborhood Centers  – childcare
Wesley Community Center – childcare
YMCA – Youth In Government
YWCA – YW-Teens


Amistad Community Health Center – health care
Boys & Girls Club of Beeville – Triple Play program
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend – Triple Play program
Charlie’s Place Recovery Center – indigent substance abuse services
Corpus Christi Metro Ministries – Gabbard Health Services
Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse – Project Towards No Drug Abuse
Driscoll Children’s Hospital – charity care
Family Counseling Service – Crime Victim Services
Family Counseling Service – Child, Individual and Family Therapy Program
Live Oak Community Health Center – health care
Mission of Mercy – healthcare
OATH – prescription assistance
The Purple Door – emergency shelter and supportive services

Financial Stability

Bee County Adult Literacy Council – literacy
Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi – emergency aid and supportive services
Corpus Christi Literacy Council – literacy
Corpus Christi Metro Ministries – Food & Shelter programs
Goodwill Industries of South Texas – employment services
Kleberg County Adult Literacy Council – literacy
Live Oak County Child Welfare Board – basic needs
Salvation Army – Corpus Christi – shelter programs
San Patricio Adult Literacy Council – literacy