Numbers Matter to Victoria County United Way

There are far more than 30,000 people in the Victoria and surrounding area. But 30,000 needed help last year and received it, from one or more of Victoria County United Way’s local partner agencies.  That's a lot of people helped by caring citizens in our communities!

Knowing who can help, and where to go, is critical for anyone in need to get the right help, from the right place.  “Matching up” those in need with those who can help, is a key part of what our United Way does.

Consider a child in the V.I.S.D., grade 5 through 12, at risk for dropping out of school. Where can he or she get help from community resources while at school? Perhaps some encouragement is needed to participate in school programs, or funding for summer camp? That’s where VCUW’s partner, Communities in Schools, works to keep potential dropouts in school.

Or what do hungry children do during the weekends, without school lunch help? Where can they get breakfast, lunch or dinner on weekends? VCUW provides funds to partner agency, the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, for back packs to at risk children who would probably otherwise go hungry. 

             These 17 local partner United Way agencies provide help every day to residents in need:

American Red Cross

Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach

Boys & Girls Club of Victoria

Community Action Committee of Victoria

Communities in Schools

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent

Golden Crescent CASA

Gulf Bend Center

Habitat for Humanity

Hope of South Texas

Mid-Coast Family Services

Perpetual Help Home

STARS

Victoria Adult Literacy

Victoria Christian Assistance   Ministry

Victoria County Senior Citizens

YMCA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, another number - over 2,200 people contribute financially once a year, or monthly, and many contribute from every paycheck, to help those less fortunate.  These contributions from caring citizens throughout our region help change lives every day!  It helps a child participating in an after school program, which also may influence him or her to make good lifestyle choices, thus benefitting the community too.  Contributions also provide meals and social interaction for seniors unable to leave their homes, and many other needed services.

What about the number 450?  That’s how many volunteers actively work with Victoria County United Way.  Some joined by using the other “matching service” VCUW provides of linking up people who want to volunteer - their time, talents and resources - with the agency whose services best match their interest. Each partner agency listed here welcomes volunteers!

Let’s keep the tradition if giving going strong!  The current campaign is winding down now and is about 94% of goal.  It’s not too late to make a contribution!

 
 

Dolly Stokes is executive director of the Victoria County United Way.  Her background is in business operations as well as United Way and other nonprofit organizations. She may be contacted at dstokes_unitedway@tisd.net.