Invested in local organizations that change lives
United Way of the Coastal Bend puts your donations toward advancing the common good and changing lives long-term in our community. As a donor, you can rest assured that the local nonprofit organizations receiving your support are monitored in the areas of quality programming, governance, finance and administration.
How the funding process works
To create lasting change, funds are distributed to Coastal Bend organizations and programs with great care. As a donor, you have two options when it comes to giving: donating to the Community Investment Fund or designating your gift to a specific organization or organizations.
Community Investment Fund
The Community Investment Fund is the general fund we use to invest in programs that align with our strategic goals in education, health and financial stability. To ensure fairness and transparency, grants given to funded partner programs are decided by volunteer panels comprised of donors, then are voted on by our board of directors. Giving to the Community Investment Fund maximizes your gift as the money goes to high-performing, vetted programs that address the current needs of the community.
Choosing to make a donation is a deeply personal choice and commitment. All gifts make a real difference and we encourage you to give in a way that speaks to you. That's why we've expanded our list of designation organizations. We now work with more than 60 organizations who will put your generous gift to good use.
Funding Recipients (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)
- American Red Cross of the Coastal Bend
The American Red Cross of the Coastal Bend provides services such as disaster relief, CPR training and assistance to military personnel, veterans and their families.
- Amistad Community Health Center
Amistad Community Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that aims to improve the overall wellness of people in Corpus Christi, Texas.
- Aransas Pass for Youth
Aransas Pass for Youth provides a safe, supervised summer recreation program for at-risk youth of Aransas Pass and the surrounding areas.
- Bee County Adult Literacy Council
Bee County Adult Literacy Council combats illiteracy by providing volunteer tutoring assistance with GED prep, learning the English language, reading and writing.
The Beeville Vineyard works to alleviate poverty and underemployment in Bee County by providing families with emergency food, shelter, utility and medical assistance.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas matches at-risk youth in the Coastal Bend with caring adult mentors to help them develop the assets necessary to become healthy, successful adults.
- Boys & Girls Club of Alice
The Boys & Girls Club of Alice promotes health, social, educational, vocational and character development for youth ages 6-18 residing in Alice and the surrounding area.
Boys & Girls Club of Beeville
The Boys & Girls Club of Beeville promotes health, social, educational, vocational and character development for youth ages 6-18 residing in Beeville and the surrounding area.
Boys & Girls Club of Kingsville
The Boys & Girls Club of Kingsville promotes health, social, educational, vocational and character development for youth ages 6-18 residing in Kingsville and the surrounding area.
Boys & Girls Club of Live Oak County
The Boys & Girls Club of Live Oak County promotes health, social, educational, vocational and character development for youth ages 6-18 residing in Live Oak County.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend promote health, social, educational, vocational and character development for youth ages 6-18 residing in the Coastal Bend.
- CASA of Bee, Live Oak and McMullen Counties
CASA of Bee, Live Oak, and McMullen Counties trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Bee, Live Oak and McMullen and San Patricio Counties.
- CASA of Kleberg County (Brush Country CASA)
Brush Country CASA trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy & Kleberg Counties.
CASA of the Coastal Bend
CASA of the Coastal Bend trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for children in Aransas and Nueces Counties who are in foster care due to abuse or neglect.
- Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi
Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi supports families in need with food, rent, utilities, transportation and personal needs on an emergency basis.
- Cenikor Foundation - Corpus Christi (formerly Charlie's Place)
Cenikor Corpus Christi provides detox, inpatient substance abuse treatment, outpatient treatment and recovery services.
Coastal Bend Center for Independent LivingThe Center for Independent Living provides core services of information and referral, advocacy, peer counseling, and independent living skills training to those with cross disabilities.
Coastal Bend Food Bank
Coastal Bend Food Bank distributes food and organizes multiple food/nutrition programs across 11 Coastal Bend counties.
- Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation
Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation is a community health center that provides health and wellness incentives through treatment, awareness, education, advocacy, and services.
Communities in Schools is a drop-out prevention agency that works to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Connections provides a safe and secure alternative to the "streets" for homeless, abused, or at-risk youth.
- Corpus Christi Hope House
Corpus Christi Hope House provides women and children emergency shelter, transitional housing, food, counseling, clothing, and life-skills training.
- Corpus Christi Literacy Council
The Corpus Christi Literacy Council provides one-on-one tutoring and small classes for adults seeking literacy/ESL support, and trains volunteers to become literacy tutors.
Corpus Christi Metro Ministries
Corpus Christi Metro Ministries provides transitional housing for homeless women, women with children, mentally and/or physically disabled men, and elderly men (65+), as well as a community soup kitchen.
The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse - Coastal BendThe Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse - Coastal Bend provides outpatient treatment and recovery support, prevention education, and pregnant and post-partum support for youth and adults in 12 Coastal Bend counties.
- Driscoll Children's Hospital
Driscoll Children's Hospital offers complex and comprehensive pediatric medical care for children in South Texas.
Endeavors provides homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing services to veterans at risk of becoming homeless.
- Family Counseling Service
Family Counseling Service is a a non-profit community therapy agency that provides professional therapy, education, support groups and advocacy for children, individuals and families.
- Food Bank of the Golden Crescent
The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent supports the needs of children, families and seniors through food distribution, nutrition education, advocacy and strategic partnerships.
- Foster Angels of South Texas
The Foster Angels of South Texas respond to requests from children in foster care facilitated through relationships with CPS and other agencies.
- Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas
The Girls Scouts of Greater South Texas provide girl scouting opportunities that build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
- Golden Crescent CASA
Golden Crescent CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides trained community volunteers to advocate in the best interests of abused and neglected children in foster care in Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio, and Victoria counties.
Goodwill Industries of South Texas
Goodwill Industries of South Texas provides job training to people with disabilities and/or other barriers to employment to help them get and retain a job in the community.
Greenwood-Molina Children's Center
The Greenwood-Molina Children's Center provides childcare for children 18 months to 12 years until 11 p.m. on weekdays, and on weekends.
Habitat for Humanity – Corpus Christi
Habitat for Humanity - Corpus Christi unites the community with people in need to provide the life-changing opportunity to purchase and own simple, quality, affordable homes.
HALO-Flight is a non-profit emergency air ambulance that provides helicopter medical transport services to the people of South Texas.
Heavenly Angels provides an environment that creates meaningful vocational skills and builds a sense of belonging for adults with disabilities.
Kleberg County Adult Literacy Council
The Kleberg County Adult Literacy Council provides free literacy services in Kleberg and Kenedy Counties to adults with limited reading, writing, and/or English speaking skills.
- Live Oak Community Health Center
Live Oak Community Health Center provides low-cost quality health care to residents of Live Oak and McMullen counties.
Live Oak County Child Welfare, Inc.
Live Oak County Child Welfare, Inc. provides services to children and families in Live Oak and McMullen Counties such as food, utility assistance, clothing, school supplies, diapers, etc.
Mary McLeod Bethune Early Child Development Nursery
The Bethune Day Nursery provides childcare for children ages 2 weeks to 12 years.
Mission of Mercy
Mission of Mercy provides primary healthcare and prescription medications to the uninsured, working poor at no cost.
- Mother Teresa Shelter
The Mother Teresa Shelter provides those in need with breakfast and mid-day snacks, access to simple amenities and shower, rest room, and laundry facilities, as well as transitional housing for homeless men.
- Neighborhood Centers of Corpus Christi
The Neighborhood Centers of Corpus Christi provide childcare for ages 0-5 at four Corpus Christi centers, and two recreation centers that provide boxing and free recreation programs.
OATH - Open Arms Thankful Hearts
OATH provides free assistance to the uninsured/underinsured to help them obtain medications through the Pharmaceutical Assistance Program.
- The Purple Door (formerly Women's Shelter of South Texas)
The Purple Door (formerly the Women's Shelter of South Texas) provides free services such as safe shelter, counseling, and case management to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
- R.E.A.L. (Rural Economic Assistance League)
REAL provides quality community-centered services for the elderly and persons with disabilities in 12 Coastal Bend counties.
- Rise School of Corpus Christi
The Rise School provides high quality early childhood education in an inclusive setting for gifted, traditional and developmentally delayed children.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Corpus Christi
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Corpus Christi provides a comfortable home away from home for families who must travel to fulfill their children’s healthcare needs.
- The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend
The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend provides a food pantry, transistional housing, and recreational activities for both individuals and families.
- San Patricio County Adult Literacy Council
The San Patricio County Adult Literacy Council provides one-on-one and small group tutoring in reading, writing, communication skills, ESL, citizenship and GED preparation for adults in San Patricio County.
- Sinton for Youth
Sinton for Youth provides food, clothing, school supplies, after-school and summer programming for children in need residing in Sinton.
- South Texas Council - Boys Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America provides scouting opportunities for all children, regardless of their economic, social and cultural backgrounds.
Special Hearts in the Arts
Special Hearts in the Arts offers programming specifically designed for individuals with special needs who want to explore art, music, dance, theatre arts, and film.
Success By 6 Early Childhood Initiative
Success By 6 focuses on the physical, intellectual and emotional health of children in the Coastal Bend by providing resources and educational events to support and educate families and childcare workers.
- Tennis Success
Tennis Success provides free tennis, education and healthy living programs works to at-risk youth.
- Timon's Ministries
Timon's Ministries is a day resources center that provides food, clothing, and access to laundry and shower facilities to the working poor and homeless, as well as a complement of health services for low/no-income, non-insured individuals.
- USO South Texas
The USO of South Texas provides support to active duty service members and their families.
Wenholz House & Wenholz Women's House (Corpus Christi Safe House)Wenholz House and Wenholz Women's House offers support and safety in a transitional housing environment for adults recovering from substance abuse.
Wesley Community Center
The Wesley Community Center Wesley Community Center provides food, childcare and developmental programming, housing, and other assistance to the less fortunate.
West Side Helping Hand
West Side Helping Hand is an educational and recreational youth center that serves students 1st-6th grade who are from low-income families in the Corpus Christi area.
- YMCA of the Coastal Bend
United Way of the Coastal Bend funds YMCA's Youth in Government program, a civic education and leadership development institute that allows area high school students opportunities to experience the excitement of our state government in action.
- YWCA of Corpus Christi
United Way of the Coastal Bend funds the YWCA YWTeen program, which provides 5th and 6th grade girls, ages 10-12, character-building opportunities to guide them toward making wiser life choices.
- Youth Odyssey
Youth Odyssey provides at-risk youth, ages 10-17, with positive youth development through life skills and adventure programming.