Your donations support health initiatives across the Coastal Bend.

Our goal: To increase the number of healthy youth and adults in the Coastal Bend.

Just surviving is not the same as thriving. People who were barely getting by are struggling even more now, and the impacts to our community's health can be difficult to reverse, especially for vulnerable populations. That’s why United Way of the Coastal Bend goes beyond responding to immediate needs. We’re helping people recover in every sense. We’re reimagining healthy, equitable communities. Together with partners, donors, volunteers and advocates, we can build resilient communities where everyone can live healthy lives and thrive.

Last year, your donations helped

57,837 people

lead stronger, healthier lives. 

How your donations help

Unless designated to specific agencies, donations made to United Way of the Coastal Bend go into our Community Investment Fund. Grants from this fund are distributed to local programs providing services to improve lives in the areas of education, health and financial stability.

Health programs supported through our Community Investment Fund include:

  • Amistad Community Health Center - Health Care
  • Boys & Girls Club of Beeville - Triple Play
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend - Triple Play
  • Cenikor Foundation - Indigent Substance Abuse Services
  • Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation - Breast Friends
  • Corpus Christi Metro Ministries - Gabbard Health Services
  • Council on Drug & Alcohol Abuse - Coastal Bend - Project Toward No Drug Abuse
  • Family Counseling Service - Crime Victim Services; Child, Individual and Family Therapy Program
  • Live Oak Community Health Center - Health Care
  • Mission of Mercy - Health Care
  • OATH - Open Arms Thankful Hearts - Prescription Assistance
  • The Purple Door - Emergency Shelter and Supportive Services


We employ several strategies to reach our goals and measure outcomes:

Strategy 1

Increase access to physical and mental healthcare.


Individuals received low-cost/no-cost physical or mental healthcare.

12-month results: 92.49%

Number served: 54,164

Strategy 2

Increase youth knowledge of nutrition and healthy activities.


Youth reported increased knowledge of healthy nutrition and physical activities.

12-month results: 79.50%

Number served: 1,219

Strategy 3

Increase safety for victims of violence/crime victims.


Victims of crime/violence reported increased safety/assistance.

12-month results: 100%

Number served: 2,197

Strategy 4

Decrease unhealthy behaviors such as alcohol and chemical dependency


Participants reported increased knowledge of unhealthy behaviors and methods to change/alter behaviors.

12-month results: 90.27%

Number served: 257

Other Health initiatives include:

SingleCare Prescription Savings Card
We partner with SingleCare–a program with a prescription savings card that helps people with the cost of medication, whether or not they have health insurance. 

Coastal Bend Community Health Needs Task Force 
The Coastal Bend Community Health Needs Task Force is made up of community leaders from CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Corpus Christi Medical Center, Driscoll Children's Hospital, Driscoll Children's Health Plan and the United Way of the Coastal Bend. A primary mission of the task force is to conduct a community health needs assessment to gather information required to produce change beneficial to the population's overall health.