United Way Impacts the Crossroads

Victoria County United Way Gives Grants to Local Nonprofits
VICTORIA, TX, July 21. As part of its traditional grant process, the Victoria County United Way has awarded $538,850 to 16 charities serving our community. These agencies are committed to seeing Victoria and surrounding areas become stronger, safer, and healthier. The 20/21 Grant Recipients are:

American Red Cross                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $ 15,000.00

Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach
$ 30,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Victoria
$ 56,250.00

Boys and Girls Club of DeWitt County
$ 15,000.00

$ 27,000.00

Communities In Schools Golden Crescent
$ 20,000.00

Community Action Committee of Victoria, Texas
$ 33,900.00

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent
$ 29,000.00

Golden Crescent CASA
$ 25,200.00

Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity
$ 32,000.00

Gulf Bend Center
$ 20,000.00

Hope of South Texas, Inc.
$ 23,000.00

Meals on Wheels Victoria
$ 47,500.00

Mid-Coast Family Services
$ 95,000.00

Perpetual Help Home
$ 40,000.00

YMCA of the Golden Crescent, Inc.
$ 30,000.00

“The impact made by the support of United Way is immeasurable in the lives of the children and families that we serve,” said Megan Burow, Executive Director of Hope of South Texas, a 20/21 grantee. “United Way funds aid us in meeting our goal of providing a safe place for the children to tell their story and specialized trauma care for every child survivor of abuse or neglect on their path to healing. We are grateful for the faith and support that United Way has placed in our organization as we work together for our community.”

“We are happy to be able to help these worthy organizations and thankful to all the companies and individuals who donated during our 19/20 campaign, making these grants possible,” said Brooke Garcia, Executive Director of the Victoria County United Way.

“Thank you to the grant committee community volunteers and partner agencies that adjusted to the modified approach this year to follow COVID-19 safety protocols while also providing a thorough and thoughtful review,” said Brooke Barnes, Responsible Care Leader with Dow, Inc. “We know that the needs of the community are still prevalent and many of our partner agencies have quickly pivoted to be able to meet these new, unexpected needs that COVID-19 has created while also continuing to provide their much needed traditional services.” Barnes chaired this year’s Community Investment (Grants) Committee and is the incoming VCUW Board President.
Referring to the traditional workplace campaign, in which individuals pledge an annual amount which is then donated in increments through payroll deduction, Garcia adds that “we decided as an organization to allocate around 11% less than last year’s award amount due to the uncertainties of the COVID impact on pledge collection through the end of the year.” The Victoria County United Way has also been managing a COVID-19 Relief Fund separate from this traditional grant process.
Victoria County United Way helps to ensure Crossroads residents have opportunities for a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement and good health.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Brooke Garcia at 361-578-3561 ext. 302 or via email at brooke@unitedwayvictoria.org.