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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 thousands of residents across Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Live Oak, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio counties.

Latest updates

  • Total of funds raised: $720,104
  • Total of funds utilized/distributed to local organizations: $636,464.80
  • Number of organizations who have received funding or assistance: 39
  • Number of Coastal Bend residents helped:
    • In April 2020: 90,607
    • In May 2020: 67,304

A total of $131,209.50 was spent in June 2020, serving 13,240 individuals in the UWCB service area. Specifically, these funds were utilized for the following:

  • Rent: $41,935.35
  • Utilities: $26,827.19
  • Therapy/counseling: $14,380
  • Food assistance: $8,292.24
  • Other (e.g., medications, fuel cards, fans, healthcare, facility sanitation, PPE, childcare, camp scholarships, hotel costs for COVID-19 quarantine/recovery): $39,774.67

Number of individuals served (by county):

  • Bee: 203
  • Brooks: 35
  • Duval: 124
  • Jim Wells: 187
  • Live Oak: 135
  • Kenedy: 1
  • Kleberg: 133
  • Nueces: 12,327
  • Refugio: 26
  • San Patricio: 68


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  $7,779  Food assistance
 Boys & Girls Club of Beeville  $5,000  Touchless thermometers, gloves, masks needed to safely reopen club facilities in Beeville, Refugio, George West and Three Rivers
 Boys & Girls Club of Kingsville  $5,000  Drive-up food/snacks for Club kids and families
 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend  $7,300  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  $30,000  Food/financial assistance
 Coastal Bend Food Bank  $20,000  Food assistance
 Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation  $20,000  Assisting clients with utilities, housing, transportation, medication, etc.
 Community Options  $5,000  Support for those with disabilities and their families
 Corpus Christi Hope House  $14,500  Direct services to individuals/families (material assistance, shelter, social service assistance, basic needs)
 Corpus Christi Housing Authority  $2,972  Cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items for elderly, disabled and/or those who lack adequate transportation
 Corpus Christi Metro Ministries  $75,000  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  $40,000  Mental health services via telehealth
 Food Bank of the Golden Crescent  $10,000  Food assistance for Refugio County residents
 Greenwood-Molina Children's Center  $10,000  Childcare for school-aged children, cleaning supplies/equipment, program materials
 Ingleside United Methodist Church  $7,800  Community support (food, utilities, prescriptions, etc.)
 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  $25,000  Food and utility assistance
 Mission of Mercy  $10,000  Medication
 Mother Teresa Shelter  $20,000  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
 Prospera Housing Community Services  $15,000  Rent and utility assistance for residents
 The Purple Door  $15,000  Shelter and supportive services
 R.E.A.L., Inc.  $35,000  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  $70,000  Food pantry support; assistance for those falling through the cracks
 South Texas Botanical Gardens  $5,045  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); summer camp scholarships for children whose families have been affected by COVID-19 
 Timon's Ministries  $10,000  Food/telemedicine costs/staff costs
 USO of South Texas  $10,000  Drive-thru food pantry for military members and families
 Wesley Community Center  $10,000  Food pantry support for pantries in Corpus Christi and Robstown
 West Side Helping Hand  $2,000  Funds for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
 YMCA of the Coastal Bend  $20,000  Lunches and snacks, instructional materials, staffing costs, sanitizing materials to provide childcare for essential workers; sanitizing materials, PPE, food for children served by summer camp programs
 Youth Odyssey  $5,000  Take-home activity boxes for youth ages 10-17 years


Additionally, United Way of the Coastal Bend used $8,568.80 to purchase facial masks in bulk and distributed them to the following agencies:

  • Bee County Adult Literacy Council
  • Beeville Vineyard
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys & Girls Club of Alice
  • Boys & Girls Club of Kingsville
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend
  • Brush Country CASA
  • CASA of the Coastal Bend
  • Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living
  • Communities in Schools
  • Connections
  • Corpus Christi Literacy Council
  • The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Endeavors
  • Family Counseling Service
  • Golden Crescent CASA
  • Greenwood-Molina Children’s Center
  • Live Oak County Child Welfare Board
  • McLeod Bethune Early Child Development Nursery
  • Mother Teresa Shelter
  • Neighborhood Centers of Corpus Christi
  • OATH
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Rural Economic Assistance League (R.E.A.L.)
  • Tennis Success
  • Timon’s Ministries
  • Wesley Community Center
  • West Side Helping Hand
  • YMCA of the Coastal Bend
  • YWCA
  • Youth Odyssey