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:

EDUCATION

· 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

HEALTH

· Amistad Community Health Center – health care

· Boys & Girls Club of Beeville – Triple Play program

· Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend – 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 Service – Crime Victim Services

· Family Counseling Service – 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

FINANCIAL STABILITY

· Bee County Adult Literacy Council – literacy

· Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi – 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