Stories and Videos

RECOMMENDED

Campaign Video

A brief look at the needs in our community and how United Way of Greater Houston is working to address them.

Length: 1:43

Second Century Vision

An overview of Second Century Vision, United Way's strategic plan going forward. 

Length: 2:21

Show Up United

We're asking you to show up united for those in our community who need support.

Length: 1:00

 

Will you answer the call?

Hear the voices and stories of some of the people who turn to United Way for help and hope.

Length: 1:36

 

REALITY CHECK (a limited series in partnership with Houston Public Media)

Episode 1 - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

Experts talk about the reality many Greater Houston families face as they work to raise their kids, gain financial stability, and build better futures. 

Length: 3:00

Episode 1 - Longer Version

Experts talk about the reality many Greater Houston families face as they work to raise their kids, gain financial stability, and build better futures. 

Length: 7:16

Episode 2: The COVID-19 Constrain

Episode 2 of Reality Check examines how families struggling financially have had to make incredibly tough decisions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Length: 3:00

 

Episode 3: The Importance of Early Education

Data clearly shows that children who receive early, quality education, outperform those who do not. Yet, access to affordable child care is a challenge for many, especially those who live paycheck to paycheck.

Length: 3:00

Episode 4 - The Impact of Out-of-School Time

With a majority of a child’s waking hours spent outside of the classroom, what happens before and after school plays a big role in a child’s development. 

Length: 3:00

 

ALICE

Do You Know ALICE?

Brief introduction to ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed), which makes up 47% of our community

Length: 2:10

Who is ALICE?

Meet some of the people who are or were ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed).

Length: 2:50

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David’s Story

When David became ill, lost his job, and found himself ALICE, United Way THRIVE helped him rebuild his life.

Length: 3:22

 

211

211 - in times of crisis and every day

See how 211 pivoted to providing critical information and resources from home during the pandemic.

Length: 3:51

The 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is here 24/7

Hear our HELPLINE specialists talk about what makes 211 so important and so unique.

Length: 2:02

211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE 2020 Highlights

A brief look at how 211 connected our neighbors with help and hope in 2020.

Length: 1:39

 

THRIVE

Tyeisha’s Story

Tyeisha was ready to make a change in her career and her life. United Way was here to help. 

Length: 4:19

Dionell’s Story

Dionell wanted to restart her career but needed training and support to make it possible. 

Length: 3:56

Read Dionell's story.

Caroline’s Story

United Way THRIVE was here to help Caroline navigate getting back into the workforce during the pandemic. 

Length: 4:11

 

Tonoa’s Story

United Way THRIVE helped empower Tonoa to get a car, repair her finances, and reach for her dreams.

Length: 3:42

 

Daniel’s Story

Daniel was working with United Way THRIVE to learn how to budget, save, and manage his money. Then, COVID-19 hit and United Way THRIVE helped him adapt.

Length: 3:41

 

Christie’s Story

With help from United Way THRIVE, Christie was able to get back on her feet and buy a home for her family after escaping an abusive relationship.

Length: 3:43

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Briana’s Story

See how United Way THRIVE helped Briana restart a career in the medical field and better manage her finances. 

Length: 2:14

 

 

Mark’s Story

United Way THRIVE supported Mark in his efforts to build a better life for his family by providing education, job training, coaching, and more.

Length: 3:07

View with Spanish subtitles.
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Read Mark's story.

Keyonna’s Story

United Way THRIVE supported Keyonna in her effort to start a new career that would allow her to support her family and spend more time with her kids.

Length: 1:53

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Read Keyonna's story.

 

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery Overview

A brief look at United Way's role in helping our community recover from disasters. 

Length: 1:45

Linda’s Story

After years of donating to United Way, Hurricane Harvey left Linda in the position of needing United Way’s assistance.

Length: 2:53

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Read Linda's story.

Maria's Story

See how the Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund helped Maria's family recover from the winter storm. 

Length: 5:00

 

COVID-19

211 During COVID-19

See how 211 pivoted to providing critical information and resources from home during the pandemic.

Length: 3:51

COVID-19 Response Overview

A brief overview of how United Way of Greater Houston responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Length: 1:12

United Way Bright Beginnings During COVID-19

A UWBB director and fine arts coach talk about how UWBB has adapted to serve children and families during the pandemic.

Length: 5:06

John’s Story

The Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund helped homebound seniors John and his wife with home-delivered meals, food, and other assistance during the pandemic.

Length: 3:42

Dale’s Story

The Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund helped Dale with rent assistance when he wasn’t able to work due to the pandemic.

Length: 2:19

Carleen’s Story

The Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund helped Carleen, who has a disability, with home-delivered food during the pandemic.

Length: 2:12

 

Mission United

Mission United

Learn about how United Way Mission United supports veterans and their families with a coordinated network of services and meet some of the people involved.

Length: 3:31

 

Youth Success

Nyle’s Story

A United Way-supported mentoring program gave Nyle a strong male role model and empowered him to go to college and reach for his dreams.

Length: 2:38

View with Spanish subtitles.
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Aaliyah and Debra’s Story

Aaliyah’s mom wanted Aaliyah to have a mentor to show her different experiences and perspectives, and Debra wanted to fill that role for a young person.

Length: 3:03

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Read Aaliyah and Debra's story.

Ayden’s Story

Joining a United Way-sponsored after-school program helped Ayden fight depression and learn to be a leader and a mentor.

Length: 2:15

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Read Ayden's story.

 

 

Jessica’s Story

With help from the United Way Young Parents’ Child Care Scholarship and United Way THRIVE, Jessica finished school and started a new career.

Length: 2:29

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Read Jessica's story.

 

Stories without video

THRIVE

Sheila’s Story

With support from United Way THRIVE, Sheila rejoined the workforce.

Read Sheila's story.

Amanda’s Story

United Way THRIVE helped Amanda get the skills and education she needed to start a new career as an electrician.

Read Amanda's story.

Marissa’s Story

With support from United Way THRIVE, Marissa gained the financial knowledge and skills to achieve financial stability and purchase a home for her family.

Read Marissa's story.

Daisy’s Story

United Way THRIVE helped Daisy get a job earning 40% more and learn how to manage her finances to help prepare to buy a home for her family.

Read Daisy's story.

Darryl’s Story

The mentors he met through a United Way program changed Darryl’s life, influenced him to become an engineer, and inspired him to become a mentor himself.

Read Darryl's story.

Christopher’s Story

After his military service, Christopher turned to United Way THRIVE for help with job training and other skills needed to start a new career.

Read Christopher's story.

 

Disaster Recovery

Angela and Craig’s Story

The February 2021 winter storm damaged Angela and Craig's home--and their progress.

Read Angela and Craig's story.

Susan and Jack’s Story

COVID-19 took a lot from Susan and Jack. The Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund was here to help.

Read Susan and Jack's story.

 

Older Adults

Lily and Patsy’s Story

Patsy is a volunteer companion who provides assistance and companionship that help Lily remain independent.

Read Lily and Patsy's story.

Maxine’s Story

United Way-sponsored services, like home-delivered meals and check-ins from volunteers, allow Maxine to remain independent.

Read Maxine's story.

 

Overcoming Addiction

Bryson’s Story

With help from United Way, Bryson kicked her addiction and rebuilt her life.

Read Bryson's story.

 

Youth Success

Ralston’s Story

A United Way-supported mentoring and enrichment program helped make sure Ralston could see beyond where he grew up, go to college, and pursue his dreams.

Read Ralston's story.

Joseph’s Story

United Way Bright Beginnings helped Joseph develop, grow, and prepare to start and succeed in kindergarten.

Read Joseph's story.

Laura’s Story

In United Way Bright Beginnings, Laura’s social and emotional skills blossomed, and she built the foundation to be a star student.

Read Laura's story.