United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County hosted a virtual 75th anniversary celebration on January 21, 2021. To view the slide deck, click here or to view the recording of the meeting, click here and enter passcode O2ZVA?6w. Be sure to check out the insert in the Baytown Sun too!
As United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County commemorated its 75th anniversary recent years show what is possible because of the foundation created by our founders. During the past three years the community has faced several challenges. Together and without hesitation your United Way stepped up to meet the needs of the community which includes Baytown and Chambers County.
Hurricane Harvey struck and a new program, Baytown Area & Chambers County Disaster Recovery (BACC DR) was created to manage the recovery process. The program provided support to individuals whose homes were damaged. This was possible because of individual and corporate donations, federal, state and local grant makers, agencies, and a lot of volunteers. When the program ended, 88 homes were restored and thousands of individuals received help through referrals to a network of services.
Hurricanes continued to impact our region but the big storm turned out to be the 2020 Pandemic. United Way opened the COVID 19 Emergency Fund in response to the new needs of service providers who help individual’s access basic needs. Through donations from individuals and corporations, $102,739 additional funds were invested in local programs that helped more than 12,000 residents’ access food and prescriptions, and pay rent and utilities.
In preparation of strategic planning, United Way hosted several community conversations to learn what is important to and what concerns individuals and families. The Board of Directors used this information to develop Impact 2025 the strategic plan that is already guiding the work of United Way. Beginning with this year's funding cycle for July 2021, Basic Needs was added to the other three focus areas, Education, Financial Stability, and Health.
When Humble Oil took an active role in creating the local United Way they did with it with the assumption that the community will be a better place for all. Today, although we can say more is needed, our community is a better place. Here are a few reasons our community is better because of YOU and your United Way.
- A volunteer Board of Directors leads the organization with specific guidance from volunteer-led committees.
- No administrative fees are charged for UW’s work, which means an individual’s donation is not reduced to cover operations.
- Funds are raised through the workplace and public to provide competitive funding to local agencies with programs that provide support and solutions to community-wide issues each year.
- Since 1946, $83,415,304 has been raised to support our community. Please support this year's campaign and make a gift today!
- Local human service agencies receive ongoing support to be successful including access to data such as the ALICE Texas report, critical funding, professional education, and 2-1-1, a free resource and referral network.
- Donors have a trusted local organization that they can support financially as well as be actively engaged in the work and mission to improve the community.
The 75th anniversary is a milestone that all of us can be proud.
Special thanks to the 75th Anniversary contributors: The Baytown Sun, Carol Skewes and David Bloom and team; Kathy Jaeger; former UWGBACC staff member; and Cherie Morgan, Reference Librarian, Sterling Municipal Library.
Your support makes United Way's impact in the community a reality. So much more is possible when we work together to improve the community and reduce community-wide issues. Consider joining the $75 for the 75th group and make a gift today.
History of Impact – Community Statistics
A Lasting Impact
An interview with Norman Brooks Culver, who served as a hospital administrator at Humble Hospital, demonstrates how a singular interest in the needs in a community can create a lasting impact.
Culver went on a simple outing on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Christmastime in 1922. Tasked with offering assistance to an elderly couple in need, he set out to find out how he could lend a helping hand during the holiday season. Upon arrival, Culver discovered several other organizations had reached out to this family, including some church groups and other organizations in the community. The constable, who acted as his liaison to the neighborhood, told him about several other families in the area that he knew were in need, however had been overlooked by any other organizations offering help during the time. Culver walked into the home of three young girls, eating what was their only meal for the day, with no shoes or heat in the home. They had no mother, and their father was rumored to be an alcoholic.
Acting out of compassion for these girls, Culver found a way to help them, and several other families in similar situations throughout the area. He saw the need to collaborate with other organizations so families like these girls, so obviously in need, did not go unnoticed. He organized a meeting with the other organizations to coordinate the resources they had available to ensure they were reaching as many people as possible.
With just 3-4 volunteers, Culver was able to put into motion a volunteer driven force to bring solutions to the community. United Way GBACC prides itself on being volunteer driven from the top down still to this day. Just as we are volunteer led, our funded partners as well utilize volunteers to bring solutions to families and individuals in need.
In the past two years alone, our funded partners have reported: 7945 volunteers for 40,491 hours of work, adding a value of $1,016,324.10 directly back to those served.
Your United Way has received over $69,392 in in kind donations in the last two years, of which 100% are designated back into community organizations.
Through our 33 partner programs, we have served 103,796 people, giving $4,056,440 toward solutions to enhance the lives of individuals in our area.
In 2020, we were able to give $102,739 in COVID relief funds, serving 13,371 people through the COVID 19 pandemic.
Days of Caring, a service oriented outreach funded through United Way, began in Baytown and Chambers County in 2000. In the last two years alone, it has provided opportunities for 1,612 volunteers to become involved in the community, completing 84 projects for 29 independent organizations.
Stamp Out Hunger, a partnership program with the National Letter Carriers Association, was able to serve 12 unique pantries, giving 32,000 lbs of food, an estimated at $26,000 investment to end hunger in our area.
Today’s United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County started as a small volunteer effort in 1922 and was formally founded in 1946. Today, volunteers continue to be important to the organization’s success, having a critical role in every effort and opportunity to serve this community.
Special thanks go to the advertisers that supported The Baytown Sun's special issue recognizing United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County's 75th anniversary.
Thank you to: Allen & Kerber Auto Supply, Cedarcrest Cemetery & Monuments, Chevron Philips, Bethany Credeur, CPA, ExxonMobil, Faith Community Daryl Fontenot, Hospice, Goose Creek ISD, Houston Methodist, Lee College, Nolasco Carpentry Karla Opryshek, Rotary Club of Baytown, R.Q.'s Furniture, Steve Daniele and Seal-Pac, Taylor AC & Heating, and Young Plumbing