About Us

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.

Mission Statement

United Way of Southern Cameron County improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities to advance the common good.

Where We Work

We are located on the southern tip of Texas in Cameron County, including the cities of Brownsville, Los Fresnos, Olmito, Rancho Viejo, Laguna Vista, Laguna Heights, Port Isabel and South Padre Island.  

About Us

We are here to bring our communities together to find and address those issues that are most important to you.  Like helping children get a good start in school and in life. Like helping families become more self-sufficient.  Like being sure people have access to good health care.

Working with people just like you, we put people and resources together to achieve remarkable results.  We attain success on issues that matter to you and your neighbors.

You’ve supported our efforts as United Way of Southern Cameron County evolved from an important community fundraising organization to a leader in recognizing, utilizing and uniting the strengths of our strongest companies, nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations, governmental entities, and individuals.

You have bold goals!  So do we.

We are able to accomplish those goals by first learning from you what is most important.  Our volunteers create a plan to address your priorities, building strong collaborations and replicating best practices from wherever we find transformational success. Much dedicated time and effort places your investment where it will achieve astounding (and measureable) results.  

But we don’t stop there.  We are leading our communities to create even better, stronger support systems to achieve continuous improvements that will affect you, your family and your neighbors.    

Thank you for your interest and for your help. Please continue to enjoy our website and call us for additional information.

Our History

We’ve been good neighbors since 1955 when Ruben Edelstein raised $39,000 as the first campaign chair for the United Fund of Brownsville (our charter name).  Then, as now, our goals were the same as most every family’s – ensuring opportunity, inspiring hope and creating positive change.

When we became United Way of Southern Cameron County in 1993, we expanded our charitable activities to include Los Fresnos, Laguna Vista, Port Isabel, and South Padre Island.  Our capacity to serve local communities grew because you believed in the integrity of our process and you valued the outcomes achieved by dedicated donors, volunteers, agencies, and collaborative partners that transformed lives for our neighbors.

Over the years, we answered the call to increase our capacity – to become a leading agent for real and sustainable change.  Our annual campaign grew because you saw the needs and you met the challenge.  By investing together and working together, you made success possible in education, healthcare, and increasing the standard of living in Southern Cameron County.

Today we help people help each other. Neighbors helping neighbors.  For individuals, like your daughter in fifth grade, and for our community, as a wonderful place to live and achieve our dreams. It really does matter. Please join us.