Community Partners

American Red Cross alt
Harlingen Service Center
6914 North Expressway 83
Harlingen, TX 78552
(956) 423-0523
Danella Hughes, Executive Director

Provides disaster preparedness and emergency assistance during disasters such as floods and hurricanes. Also serves members of Armed Forces and their dependents, gives first Aid classes, CPR, water safety training, and life saving training.


Boys & Girls Club of Harlingen alt
1209 West Washington
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 428-4183
Gerald Gathright, Executive Director

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Harlingen is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through educational and recreational programs that promote social, emotional, physical, intellectual and character growth and development. The Boys and Girls Club provides a safe place to learn and grow away from the physical and moral dangers of the street, with emphasis on life-enhancing programs and character building experiences that provide hope and opportunity.



Boys & Girls Club of San Benito alt
410 Stookey Road
San Benito, TX 78586
(956) 399-6442
Hugo Zurita, Executive Director

Our mission is help youth of all backgrounds, with special concerns for those with disadvantaged circumstances, by developing the qualities needed to become productive, responsible and caring citizens.


Cameron County Children’s Advocacy Centers, Inc.
2400 W. Expressway 83
San Benito, TX 78586
(956) 361-3313
Anna de la Cruz, Executive Director

CCCAC- “Maggie’s House” provides a child-friendly nurturing environment whose mission is to advocate for and serve child abuse victims through prevention, intervention, and treatment.


Family Crisis Centeralt
616 W. Taylor Street
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-9304
Laura Martinez, Executive Director

Services victims of family violence and sexual assaults. Provides shelter for battered women and their children. Offers 24-hour hotline, support groups, individual counseling/advocacy, information for help through the legal system, and accompaniment to hospital, law enforcement, and the courts. Educational programs include general community presentations; prevention programs for students of all ages including post secondary; training for professionals including health care, social services, child care, churches, school and law enforcement. Operates a thrift shop in downtown Harlingen.



For the last 10 years, United Ways and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have collaborated to bring greater stability to communities nationwide. We know from experience that families living on the edge never struggle with just one issue; it’s the combination of several problems piling up that prevents families from finding stability and truly thriving.


Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas alt
202 E. Madison
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 425-2484
Lea Peacock, Executive Director

Girl Scouts provides a positive leadership development program to all girls so that they can become girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.


GreenPath for Financial Stability, (Unfunded Partner)
 222 E. Van Buren, Suite 619
Harlingen, TX 78550
Cynthia Villarreal, Certified Financial Counselor

Provides educational services and direct assistance to approximately 25,000 consumers Valley-wide with regard to management of personal finances and indebtedness.


Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 4318
McAllen, TX  78502
(956) 686-7455
Wayne Lowry, Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to the ideal that all people deserve to own a home that is both comfortable and affordable.  United Way of Northern Cameron County is funding “Aging in Place”
projects for Habitat in our service area.  These projects will aid seniors, veterans and families to preserve the dignity of home ownership.


Harlingen Area Educational Foundation
PO Box 531328
Harlingen, TX 78553-1328
(956) 444-3900
Eric Kennedy, President

Since its inception in 1990 the HAEF has supported dropout prevention programs in Harlingen area public schools. Programs such as New Directions and New Horizons address at risk students in High School and Middle Schools encouraging scholastic achievement that results in graduation and thought our plans for a productive life as adults. HAEF also supports programs such as Texas Scholars which helps students be college ready at graduation.


Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry
 801 East Harrison (8th & Harrison Church of Christ)
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 454-9325
Jim Coffman, Board President

The Pantry opend in 2001 under the 501(c)(3) of the First Presbyterian Church of Harlingen. The Church provided storage and a place for the distribution of food items. The Pantry’s purpose is to provide food, onec a month for those with low incomes and to provide baby supplies to mothers.


Loaves & Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley alt
514 S. E. Street
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-1014
Pastor Bill Reagan, Executive Director

Loaves and Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley is a non-profit agency that offers the homeless and needy a place to restart their lives in a caring and supportive environment. Serving as its homeless prevention arm, the Vera Naumann Family Emergency Assistance (FEA) operation provides aid and assistance to families that are in need of emergency rent, utility and prescription assistance as a results of the wage earner becoming ill, unable to work or is temporarily unemployed. The organization also provides the needy with clothing, shoes, food and household items.


POP STAR Reading Programalt
320 E Harrison Ave
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-5954
Kathy Preddy, Resource Development Director

The POP STAR reading program is an educational imitative that has been formed to impact the reading level of children in our service area. We have collaborated with our local Boys and Girls Clubs of Harlingen and San Benito to help select the children for this program. Selected children will receive (8) books a year as well as encouragement from Community leaders that reading is fun.


Rio Grande Council Boy Scouts of Americaalt
6912 West Expressway 83
Harlingen, TX 78552
(956) 423-0250
Rudy Gonzalez, Scout Executive

Boys, ages 5-18, learn individual responsibility through scout camps. Adult volunteers promote patriotism, courage and self reliance. Scout oaths, codes and special projects teach character development, citizenship, and mental, physical and spiritual fitness.


The Salvation Army of Cameron Countyalt
119 East Monroe
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-2454
Majors Ernest and Denise Lozano

The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs that range from the physical to the spiritual needs of the community. Together we work with the police and fire department for 24-hour emergency assistance. We provide furniture, appliances and other household items that help those in need in the community. We provide services for those in need of utility and rent assistance. We also provide food from our food pantry and new and used clothing for indigent families and individuals. At Christmas we help thousands of local families with toys and food. We offer youth a chance to experience a time away from home at summer camps.



Stuff the Busalt
320 E Harrison Ave.
Harlingen, TX 78550
Jessica Belschner, Executive Director
(956) 423-5954

The Stuff the Bus programs collects and distributes new school supplies to children in need. Children who receive supplies through this program have the tools to begin the school year ready to learn.


Westbrook Clinic VAC
2306 Camelot Plaza Circle
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 428-2653
Wally Cantu, Executive Director

VAC provides Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Service to youth and their families. Services are provided to youth who are struggling with chemical dependency issues. VAC has partnered up with the City of Harlingen, Youth Community Court to deliver services at the “Bridge.” Bridge is the facility where these youth will have access to several organizations that will help them cross all barriers to the path of their success. VAC is excited about this endeavor and looks forward to collaborating with all “Bridge” partners and United Way of Northern Cameron County.


The Literacy Center of Harlingenalt
101 E. Monroe
Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 428-8883
Linda Klowetter, Executive Director

Purpose is to enable adults to acquire the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills they need to help themselves in their daily lives, and to more fully participate in the community in which they live.