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United Way of the Coastal Bend Announces $2.4 Million in Grant Awards for 35 Local Programs

Grants to Fund Local Programs that Change Local Lives Long-term

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, Beeville – Triple Play program

Boys & Girls Club, Corpus Christ – 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 – Crime Victim Services 

Family Counseling – 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


Bee County Adult Literacy Council – literacy

Catholic Charities – 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

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