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Matagorda County United Way Donors Help to Fund 17 Non-profit Organizations in 2015 and more than 20 different programs.liveunitedpic2

MCUW would like to thank each and every one of their donors and volunteers who continue to keep United Way the largest source of non-governmental funding of social services for area non-profit organizations. United Way is proactive in its funding,  favoring preventative approaches and collaborative endeavors with not-for-profit partners. Priority is given to organizations that leverage additional support and serve as a catalyst for long-term, systematic change. Only admission packets from tax-exempt, charitable Health & Human Service organizations serving citizens of Matagorda, Wharton Counties are accepted.

The Matagorda County United Way (MCUW) Board recently approved final funding for 17 Health & Human Service Non-profits for 2016. Priority funding was awarded to organizations with programs in the following categories:

  1. Education – GED and After School Programs
  2. Health – Wellness, Nutrition, Abuse Prevention
  3. Income – Food Assistance, Backpack Program, Legal Services

Robert Tinstman Fellowship Award – Matagorda County United Way was selected to serve as a host for the United Ways of Texas Robert M. Tinstman Fellowship 2011 Fall semester.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) PHASE 32for 2015 – EFSP was created by congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless throughout the United States by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.  Matagorda County received $20,871.

Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) — Matagorda County United Way,  along with other local agencies,  partnered with Texas Department of State Health Services creating a  Matagorda County team that reviews Child Fatalities to determine preventability and identify environmental concerns affecting children.

Day of Caring – Each year the Matagorda County United Way hosts a  “Day of Caring,” bringing together volunteers for scores of community service projects to help our elderly and disabled.  Together we built wheelchair ramps, cleaned yards,  planted flowers, paint,  replace old doors and make other minor home repairs.

Youth Board — Each year Matagorda County United Way invites high school students recommended by teachers and principals to participate on its Youth Board.  The Youth Board functions much like the Board of Directors providing young members opportunities to learn leadership skills and to find out how nonprofit organizations actually work.  They are given the opportunity to visit United Way agencies, and participate in United Way training programs and activities.

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MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS:

With assistance from caring individuals like you, Matagorda County United Way can continue our dedication to:

  • Helping children succeed
  • Building safe neighborhoods
  • Fostering Independence for Seniors
  • Increasing self-sufficiency
  • Strengthening families
  • Promoting Health & Wellness

These programs are carried out through our support of the Local Agencies as well as through our assistance in the following way:

  • Assistance in finding obtaining medications through individual Pharmaceutical companies.
  • Assistance in completing weatherization applications.
  • Assistance in completing applications for wheelchairs and other prosthetic devices.
  • Assistance in obtaining safety repairs to homes of seniors.
  • Referral vouchers to United Way funded services.