"It's almost impossible!"
"We need to raise more money so we can meet all the needs."
"Being a part of this process has really opened my eyes about my community."
These are just a few of the comments heard from the twenty-one local United Way donors who recently volunteered on United Way of Southern Cameron County's Community Investment Team. The volunteers, all of whom live in southern Cameron County and are donors to United Way, came together to review funding proposals, discuss community needs and, finally, to make recommendations on funding levels for more than twenty programs competing for funds contributed by local donors to provide opportunities for local people in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. The funding, which begins July 1, 2017 and is awarded monthly for two years, is an essential part of the budgets of many local nonprofit organizations and provides services to increase access to healthcare, ensure that youth avoid risky behaviors, increase educational attainment leading to good jobs and to provide safety net services.
Programs receiving funding in Education are:
- Boys & Girls Club of Los Fresnos for afterschool programs
- Communities in Schools of Cameron County for the Family Engagement for High School Success initiative in the Los Fresnos CISD
- Proyecto Juan Diego to increase the math and reading skills of children in Cameron Park
- Guadalupe Regional Middle School for afterschool tutorials
- Brownsville Literacy Center for a Family Literacy initiative
- Workforce Solutions Cameron for school readiness via family engagement; and
- Garriga Elementary School in the Point Isabel Independent School District for early grade reading intervention.
Health programs funded are:
- Boys & Girls Club of Los Fresnos health and wellness program for children and youth
- Brownsville Society for Crippled Children (Moody Clinic) outpatient rehabilitative services for children from birth to age 21
- Cameron County Children's Advocacy Centers, Inc. for their "Changing Lives" program
- Tip of Texas Family Outreach for child abuse prevention services
- Laguna Madre Youth Center Operation Fit Kits
- Infant & Family Nutrition Agency Healthy Babies, Healthy Families initiative
- Friendship of Women, Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Services
- Proyecto Juan Diego, Access to medical, dental and eye care for residents of Cameron Park
Financial Stability programs include:
- Brownsvlle Literacy Center - English as a Second Language training
- Good Neighbor Settlement House - Crisis Intervention and Resolution
- Community Development Corporation of Brownsville YouthBuild - Job Training and GED Preparation and Completion for Displaced Youth