Join the Fight to Shift the Odds

The impact of lacking a high-quality education can start early. Kids who are not strong readers by third grade are less likely to graduate. High school dropouts are more likely to struggle to find employment and face health challenges. Consequences from a lack of education begin to stack up quickly. But we can shift those odds.

We – the team at United Way of Calhoun County, our partners and supporters like you – immerse ourselves in tough problems like these and we fight. We fight for every child, teen and adult to have the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to succeed in school, work and life. 

How We Fight

We focus on lasting solutions that go beyond short-term charity. These are solutions that start now and continue for generations. 

That means bringing together employers, workforce development experts, labor, youth development agencies and other nonprofits–along with community colleges, K-12 educators, higher education leaders and more–to help every young person create a successful pathway from school to career. 

We help to foster high-quality educational opportunities by providing services such as: 

Risk Reduction & Primary Prevention - Funded through The Harbor Children's Alliance and Victims Center, this program provides educational programming that brings awareness to child abuse. The Risk Reduction program teaches children how to be safe and specific measures to take if they are abused. The Primary Prevention program teaches children to think of strategies that lead them to make good choices. 

Girl Scout Leadership Experience - Funded through the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, this program provides engaging programming to Girl Scouts of every age introducing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to help girls see how they can actually improve the world. 

Scouting Programs - Funded through the South Texas Council - Boy Scouts of America, this program provides engaging learning experiences through participation in outdoor, educational, community, and career-oriented activities to young men and women ages 6 to 20.

Youth Scholarship Program - Funded through Calhoun County YMCA, this program provides reduced fees that allow youth to attend sports, childcare, and swim lessons.

Support Services for Youth Impacted by Abuse, Abandonment and Neglect - Funded through SJRC Texas - Belong, this program provides case management and support services for youth and families impacted by abuse, abandonment and neglect.