About

For nearly 100 years, United Way of Greater Houston has brought together diverse partners and approaches to get to the root of complex challenges holding people back. 
 
We are a driving force for good that connects our neighbors to opportunities to thrive. We help our neighbors achieve financial stability, support families and youth with physical and behavioral health and educational services along the way, and provide the safety net that catches the most vulnerable. 
 
And, we manage every gift with care - shepherding your donation to make the greatest impact in the place we call home.

 

OUR STRATEGIC VISION: United Way of Greater Houston will create the opportunity for every person in our community to thrive by:

  • Creating a pathway to self-sufficiency and success by providing tools, resources and educational support to help hardworking individuals and families obtain financial stability and quality of life

  • Helping young people achieve academic success through quality out-of-school programs, including early childhood education, before and after school programs and school break programming

  • Providing safety net programs that help people take care of their basic and immediate needs, like food, shelter, clothing and transportation

  • Operating the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE, staffed with specialists accessing our community’s largest, most up-to-date database of social services, 24/7/365 days a year to help those in need access hope and help.

  • Convening and leading long-term recovery efforts when our community faces disaster

 

HOW WE TACKLE THE ISSUES: United Way is the driving force for good that connects our neighbors to opportunities to thrive, bringing together diverse partners and approaches to get to the root of our community’s complex challenges.

  • Invest in life-changing quality services throughout our four-county service area

  • Lead special collaborative initiatives like United Way THRIVE and United Way Bright Beginnings

  • Create accessibility to health and human services by operating four area centers 

  • Provide capacity-building services for non-profits in our area

 

THE UNITED WAY DIFFERENCE: We manage every gift with care, shepherding resources to make the greatest impact.

Backed by Research: United Way studies the needs in our community through program data, 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE data and local research. United Way of Greater Houston invested in the ALICE Report for Texas providing a broader picture of the number of households struggling financially, underscoring the importance of United Way THRIVE and other programs that help families establish a path to a more successful future. 

Community Investment Process: United Way’s volunteer-led Community Investment Process ensures good stewardship of donor dollars, investment in efficient and effective services, and measurable results. 

 

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