WHAT WE BELIEVE –
- Our mission is to engage the community and focus resources for those in need in Comal County.
- The United Way of Comal County envisions a community where all individual and families thrive.
- The United Way of Comal County embraces the diversity of those it serves and those who serve it, and strives to reflect the unique cultures that make up a growing Comal County. By bringing their diversity together, the United Way of Comal County can more effectively address the issues impacting our community.
- The United Way of Comal County opposes all forms of racism and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status asa protected veteran.
Since 2008, the United Way has awards over $6,500,000 to support more than 250 programs that include feeding the hungry, providing safety to those in danger, furnishing educational and fitness programs for our youth and elderly, and keeping the lights on for those in crisis.
DID YOU KNOW – Only a fraction of a percent of what you give to the United Way of Comal County leaves Comal County? 99% of your donation stays here. Your dollars make a tremendous impact specifically to our area. We vet each and every agency that receives funding from UWCC to make sure your donations will help local people in need.
We keep as small an overhead as possible with only two full time positions. The UWCC prides itself in having one of the smallest administrative budgets in the area in order to maximize the donations.
In 2018, United Ways of Texas partnered with the United Way of Greater Houston to bring the ALICE report to Texas. ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, places a spotlight on a large population of hardworking people who work at low-paying jobs, have little or no savings — and are one emergency from falling into poverty.
The latest ALICE in Focus: People With Disabilities data from United For ALICE reveals that 51% of Texas’ residents with disabilities are living in financial hardship, with inadequate access to support.
This latest report and its interactive tools demonstrate how the Federal Poverty Level is woefully inaccurate, portraying that just 18% live in poverty, overlooking the 33% who are ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and struggle to make ends meet.
Through our ALICE data, we know that having a disability puts a person at substantial risk of financial instability, more than many other factors.
As those financial stresses only deepened throughout the pandemic, so too did the strain on mental health. Our latest research shows that people with disabilities living in financial hardship were five times more likely to feel anxious nearly every day during the pandemic, compared to those without disabilities.
In addition to being overlooked, these individuals also lack access to sufficient resources as they struggle to afford the basics. In 2019:
- 74% didn’t access governmental food supports
- 84% couldn’t access Supplemental Security Income
- 34% of renters were overtaxed by housing costs
Act with United Way to bring light to the barriers that continue to keep people with disabilities from achieving financial stability. Explore the data. And share it with others. Visit: United4ALICE.org/PWD