About United Way Galveston County Mainland
Our vision is to build a community where residents of Galveston County are healthy, financially stable and empowered to meet their full potential.
- Everyone should have sufficient food.
- Everyone should have a safe place to live.
- Everyone should have access to basic healthcare.
- Everyone should have the skills and support to enter and stay in the workforce.
- Children and youth should have an opportunity to grow and prosper.
- People in crisis should have access to emergency services.
- Seniors & people with disabilities should be supported in their efforts to remain independent.
United Way Galveston County Mainland will be a leader in our community by facilitating, promoting, and ensuring the availability of services that meet the needs of our community.
- Prioritize needs in education, health and basic needs with the ultimate goal of providing services leading to financial stability and quality of life
- Form innovative and effective partnerships with other organizations
- Strategically raise and invest resources to make lasting change
What We Do
United Way Galveston County Mainland (UWGCM) is a local, volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that brings together the 12 mainland communities of Galveston County to address the critical issues of HEALTH, EDUCATION, and FINANCIAL STABILITY. Our 30 Partner Agencies provide programs that make positive, long-lasting impacts to the people who live and work in Galveston County.
Efficient Fund Raising: 91.8% of every dollar raised goes directly into our community
UWGCM raises funds each year with the help of industrial support, local business, families and individual people. These funds are used to support programs at local nonprofits as well as to provide direct community services, such as VITA. Our fundraising is extremely efficient, with only 8.2% used for administrative costs. This is obviously well within the guidelines from the Better Business Bureau, which requires that fundraising costs must not account for more than 35% of a non-profit agency’s budget.
Accountable Fund Distribution
Approximately 60 volunteers take time each year reviewing program applications and community needs to direct funds where they will do the most good. UWGCM requires our Partner Agencies to adhere to stringent reporting and documentation, which we constantly monitor. After Hurricane Ike, UWGCM adopted the Charity Tracker system which prevents “double-dipping” and helps case managers track the services their clients are receiving.
Coordination of Social Services: connecting those who need help with those who can help
UWGCM is actively involved in coordinating health and human services to provide maximum impact to Galveston County. We regularly conduct research to determine the greatest needs in our area and we ensure that local services are available to meet those needs.
Local Dollars Stay Local
Your gift to United Way Galveston County Mainland stays right here in Galveston County to address local needs and issues.
Our Training Program supports and promotes local non-profits across Galveston County with workshops and training events to help better their non-profit organization and help clients meet their full potential.