Areas of Impact

Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life. It is one of the primary keys to breaking the generational cycle of poverty. High school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids outside the limitations of poverty.

When people are able to provide for their families and save for the future, everyone benefits. Financially stable individuals and families are able to make educated decisions for their own future, parents can be more engaged in a child’s development and academic persistence, and those children are able to be more successful in school and their own life.

When individuals, children and families, both in daily life and urgent situations, have access to preventative health services, vital medical care, as well as services that support both emotional and mental wellness, we all benefit.  Lives are improved, lives are saved.

Safety Net Services helps people navigate through challenging life circumstances.  While the need may be more urgent and shorter-term, addressing these needs is essential.  For people who find themselves without food or shelter, or experience domestic abuse, support in that moment is life-changing.

Some of McLennan County’s Greatest Needs

  • 26.5% of McLennan County children live below the Federal Poverty Line
  • 24.5% of McLennan County individuals are un-insured
  • 19.8% of McLennan County individuals are food insecure
  • 49.2 of every 1,000 teens in McLennan County become pregnant
  • 478.3 of every 1,000 individuals in McLennan County experience domestic violence

Our Impact

  • We respond to the greatest community needs and high impact programs.
  • We invest funding into programs with proven records of success to deliver results.
  • We engage volunteers to evaluate and make investment decisions for every dollar.
  • We lead and support partnerships and collaborations to solve shared community challenges.

In 2016, United Way of McLennan County Funded Partner Programs Provided:

  • 20,549 low-income McLennan County children access to Early Childhood Education Classes, and quality afterschool and summer school programs.
  • 33,753 low to un-insured families and individuals in McLennan County with access to medical pre-screenings, health exams, prescription assistance, and physical, emotional and mental therapy.
  • 150,498 meals and bags of groceries to children, families, and individuals in McLennan County living below the Federal Poverty Line.
  • 4,602 low-income pregnant girls and women in McLennan County with access to prenatal care, resource assistance and post-pregnancy parenting classes.
  • 22,344 families and individuals experiencing family crisis and domestic violence with access to shelter, resources, counseling and case management.

low-income children access to
Early Childhood Education
classes and quality afterschool and summer programs
low/uninsured families with access to
Medical Screenings and Health Exams
as well as prescription assistance and other therapy needs
children, adults, and families with
Meals and Bags of Groceries
over 46,000 eligible children, adults and families
low-income pregnant girls and women
Pregnancy Related Care Needs
including prenatal care, resource assistance, and parenting classes
families and individuals with
Family and Domestic Violence Care
including access to shelters, resource counseling, and case management