Our goal: To increase high school graduation rates in the Coastal Bend.

At United Way of the Coastal Bend, we're committed to building stronger, more vibrant communities. That starts with our children. We know what happens in the early years is an important part of their foundation for success in school, work and life. That's why United Way of the Coastal Bend supports a wide variety of programs, partners agencies and initiatives to give children a great start.

Last year, your donations helped

2,999 children

be more successful in school. 

How your donations help

Unless designated to specific agencies, donations made to United Way of the Coastal Bend go into our Community Investment Fund. Grants from this fund are distributed to local programs providing services to improve lives in the areas of education, health and financial stability.

Education programs supported through our Community Investment Fund include:

  • Aransas Pass for Youth - Summer Camp
  • Bethune Early Child Development Nursery - Childcare
  • Boy Scouts of America - South Texas Council - Scout Reach
  • Boys & Girls Club of Alice - Power Hour
  • Boys & Girls Club of Kingsville - Project Learn
  • Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas - Outreach
  • Greenwood-Molina Children’s Center - Childcare
  • Neighborhood Centers of Corpus Christi - Childcare; Youth Development
  • Wesley Community Center - Childcare
  • YWCA of Corpus Christi - YW Teens


We employ several strategies to reach our goals and measure outcomes:

Strategy 1

Increase school readiness of children ages 0-5.


Children are developmentally ready to enter school.

12-month results: 93.09%

Number served: 565

Strategy 2

Enhance early grade literacy (Grades K-3).


Students maintain at least a “C” average in reading.

12-month results: 73.14%

Number served: 237

Strategy 3

Ensure students are academically on track (Grades 4-6).


Students are performing at grade level in reading and math.

12-month results: 87.35%

Number served: 166

Strategy 4

Increase leadership and life skills for youth (Grades 4-12).


Youth increase decision-making, leadership, social/emotional connections and/or communication skills.

12-month results: 84.34%

Number served: 2,031

Other Education initiatives include:

About Success By 6
Success By 6 (SB6) is a community collaboration to improve school readiness through local community change. The mission of Success By 6 is to develop and support a sustainable, community-based system of coordinated services that are child-focused and family-driven and meets the overall health and development needs of children in Nueces County. To learn more about SB6, click here

Operation SOS
Operation Supply Our Students (SOS) is a community-wide school supply drive that provides basic school supplies to Coastal Bend children in need. Working in partnership with KRIS Communications and H-E-B, all overhead costs are covered so 100% of the proceeds go toward purchasing school supplies. To learn more about Operation SOS, click here.