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COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund



United Way of the Coastal Bend established a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund in March 2020 to support local non-profit agencies providing direct services to Coastal Bend residents affected by COVID-19. With 100 percent of donations going toward local COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, the fund has assisted more than 90,000 residents across Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Live Oak, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties.

Latest updates

  • Total of funds raised: $664,207
  • Total of funds utilized/distributed to local organizations: $363,377
  • Number of organizations who have received funding or assistance: 29
  • Number of Coastal Bend residents helped: 90,607 (as of May 5, 2020)

Organizations supported through the COVID-19 Fund:

Organization  Amount received  Funds used for
 Amistad Community Health Center  $15,000  Medical and mental health services to underinsured and uninured; instituted hotline
 Aransas Pass for Youth  $15,000  Utility assistance/water/basic needs for affected Aransas Pass residents
 Beeville Vineyard  $2,500  Food assistance
 Boys & Girls Club of Kingsville  $5,000  Drive-up food/snacks for Club kids and families
 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend  $5,700  Distribution of program supplies and snack packs to Club youth at Greenwood, Flour Bluff and London ISD sites; funds to support summer programming
 Broken Chains Recovery Center  $10,000  Rent for clients who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19
 Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi  $20,000  Food/financial assistance
 Coastal Bend Food Bank  $20,000  Food assistance
 Corpus Christi Hope House  $14,500  Direct services to individuals/families (material assistance, shelter, social service assistance, basic needs)
 Corpus Christi Housing Authority  $3,089  Cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items for elderly, disabled and/or those who lack adequate transportation
 Corpus Christi Metro Ministries  $50,000  Food, shelter, medical care, social services, and financial assistance
 The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse  $10,000  Counselor salary for outpatient treatment services for 2 months
 Family Counseling Service  $25,000  Mental health services via telehealth
 Food Bank of the Golden Crescent  $5,000  Food assistance for Refugio County residents
 Live Oak Community Health Center  $5,500  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff
 Live Oak County Child Welfare Board  $20,000  Assist families experiencing job loss/reduction of hours-rent/utility assistance/food
 Mary McLeod Bethune Early Child Development Nursery  $10,000  Childcare for essential workers
 Mission 911  $10,000  Food and utility assistance
 Mission of Mercy  $10,000  Medication
 Mother Teresa Shelter  $10,000  Costs for providing two meals per day, rental fees for portable toilets and handwashing stations, motel rooms for COVID-19 positive homeless persons
 OATH - Open Arms Thankful Hearts  $10,000  Food, utility assistance, masks/gloves, transportation costs, medical supplies for affected residents in Bee County
 The Purple Door  $15,000  Shelter and supportive services
 R.E.A.L., Inc.  $10,000  Weekly care packages of food, toiletries, essential items delivered to vulnerable populations (disabled, elderly, those without transportation)
 Ronald McDonald Charities of Corpus Christi  $5,000  Purchase thermometers, face masks,cleaning supplies, food for families
 The Salvation Army - Corpus Christi  $20,000  Food pantry support
 Timon's Ministries  $10,000  Food/telemedicine costs/staff costs
 USO of South Texas  $5,000  Drive-thru food pantry for military members and families
 Wesley Community Center  $10,000  Food pantry support for pantries in Corpus Christi and Robstown
 YMCA of the Coastal Bend  $10,000  Lunches and snacks, instructional materials, staffing costs, sanitizing materials to provide childcare for essential workers


Additionally, United Way of the Coastal Bend used $2,088 to purchase facial masks in bulk and distributed them to the following agencies:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Kingsville
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend
  • The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Greenwood-Molina Children’s Center
  • McLeod Bethune Early Child Development Nursery 
  • Neighborhood Centers of Corpus Christi
  • Timon’s Ministries
  • Wesley Community Center
  • YMCA of the Coastal Bend