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Our History

More than 70 Years of Serving Crossroads Communities

The Victoria County United Way organization was established in 1947 although the name was known as the 'Red Feather', or  'Community Chest' and/or the United Fund of Victoria at various times in its early history. Former By-laws indicate that the organization was established to support charitable and educational undertakings as allowed by State Statue, and had as its core mission uniting the fundraising campaigns of local organizations, distributing funds and cooperating with City and County authorities in protecting the citizens, corporations and associations against unworthy, inefficient and unnecessary charitable appeals.

Significant changes have occurred over the past 70 plus years. The organization is known now as the “Victoria County United Way”. Our mission has grown out of the concerns of many community residents and leaders to find an effective way to meet the needs in providing health, welfare, and other services to the community. It was determined that a local United Way organization would be the most effective way to address the community needs with local dollars supporting local services.

The New United Way

Today, Victoria County United Way (VCUW) is focused and results-driven, working year-round to change conditions in our communities and create lasting solutions. Through very strong partnerships with volunteers, local business, government and nonprofit organizations, our local United Way helps accomplish what no one can do alone.

VCUW is a local 100% independent non-profit organization that focuses on human service needs of the communities in this area. All policies are set by local community leaders serving as volunteers on the Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet or in many other volunteer roles to help improve the quality of life for the residents of our communities. The Board also oversees the direction, operations and budget of VCUW. 

Basic things we all need for a good life are the focus areas for VCUW: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health.  We work with hundreds of volunteers and dozens of other organziations to deliver result and help build better quality of life in the counties we serve of Victoria, DeWitt, Goliad, Lavaca and Refugio.

It takes everyone in the community working together to make lasting differences. United Way works to bring together people from all across the community–government, business, faith groups, nonprofits, ordinary citizens–to tackle the issues. Because we all win when a child succeeds in school, when a family becomes financially stable, when people have good health.