COVID-19 Community Fund


We encourage all residents to stay up-to-date on the latest information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dial 2-1-1 for Referrals


Help starts here. Call 2-1-1 or visit to get help today.

Local resources are available if you or your loved ones are in need of food, rent/utility assistance, mental healthcare, etc.

211 is a free, confidential service that connects millions of people to help every year.

Their compassionate, highly-trained specialists are available to help you find services and resources in your local area to assist with:

  1. supplemental food & nutrition programs
  2. shelter/housing options & utilities assistance
  3. emergency information & disaster relief
  4. employment & education opportunities
  5. services for veterans
  6. healthcare, vaccination & health epidemic info
  7. addiction prevention & rehab programs
  8. support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs
  9. a safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse
  10. COVID-19 Resources

The service is completely confidential and is accessible 24/7/365. Bilingual Assistance available. 

Local, State, and Federal services

During this time of uncertainty, various local, state and federal entities are working around the clock to keep you safe and to provide you with the most updated information. While many outlets of information about COVID-19 and resources to assistance are on the internet, we hope to reduce your time searching with this list of links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —

Hidalgo County —

Hidalgo County Hotline Number — (956) 292-7765

Department of State Health Services —

Office of Governor Greg Abbott—


The Salvation Army:  Emergency Shelter, Grab and Go Meals and other Social Services.  (956) 682-1468

The Boys and Girls Clubs: Grab and Go Meals and Virtual Learning Programs.

  • Edinburg (956) 383-2582
  • McAllen (956) 682-5791
  • Mission (956) 585-3606
  • Pharr/San Juan (956) 781-5437

Mercedes Recreation Center:  COVID-19 Testing site Monday and Tuesday July 6 & 7th. (956) 565-7755. 

Catholic Social Services:  Emergency Shelter, Food Distribution and other Social Services.  (956) 702-4088

Silver Ribbon: Providing basic necessities to vulnerable senior citizens and the disabled. (956) 664-4892

Palmer Drug Abuse: Substance Abuse Counseling. (956) 687-7714

Women Together: Providing Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims. (956) 630-4878


Texas Department of Agriculture- Food and Nutrition Division
Texas Workforce Commission- COVID Resources


We thank the USDA for creating and sharing the following list of links:

USDA Coronavirus Resources and Information

For solutions to feeding children impacted by COVID-19, email For solutions impacting America’s food supply chain and other logistical complications, email

U.S. Small Business Administration


Local COVID-19 Community Fund

United Way of South Texas established a COVID-19 Community Fund in March 2020 to support local non-profit agencies' providing direct services to residents affected by COVID-19.


United Way of South Texas established a COVID-19 Community Fund in March 2020 to support local non-profit agencies providing direct services to Hidalgo and Starr Counties residents affected by COVID-19.  United Way of South Texas and its partner agencies are using creative methods to reach clients.

The following are some examples of the free services available:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs are providing Drive-Up food distribution for school-aged youth and their families. In addition, they are offering an educational virtual experience for club members.
  • Hidalgo Youth Center is providing Grab and Go Meals from 8 12 p.m.
  • The Salvation Army has closed their family thrift store; however, they continue to provide shelter, Grab and Go Meals, and rental assistance to qualifying families via phone interview.
  • Palmer Drug Abuse Program continuous to offer counselling via phone to individuals struggling with addiction and substance abuse.
  • Starr County food boxes are available at precincts in Starr County

Our partner agencies still play an essential part in assisting their clients and the community

Latest updates

  • Total of funds raised: $250,950
  • Total of funds utilized/distributed to local organizations: $104,836.21
  • Number of organizations who have received funding or assistance: 22
  • Number of residents helped: 13,781
    • In April 2020: 1,995
    • In May 2020: 2,500
    • In June 2020: 3492
    • In July 2020: 1,243
    • In August 2020: 2,012
    • In September 2020: 2,539

Organizations supported through the COVID-19 Fund:

The Salvation Army The funds provided shelter to 320 individuals, 2,000 meals, and on average, 75 individuals have received rental assistance.
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) United Way of  South Texas purchased 15,000  gloves in bulk and distributed them to partner agencies providing COVID-19 assistance.
17 School Districts Hidalgo and Starr County school districts will be awarded small emergency grants to assist an estimate of 400 students to meet emergency needs.
United Way of South Texas United Way of South Texas will provide transportation assistance for individuals that lack transportation to medical appointments and job searches.
Starr County Food Pantries Food Boxes are available at Precincts in Starr County.

Additionally, United Way of  South Texas invested in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and distributed them to the following partner agencies:

  • American Red Cross
  • Aurora House
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of McAllen
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Mission
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Pharr/San Juan
  • CASA of Hidalgo County
  • Children's Advocacy Center
  • Comfort House
  • Hidalgo Youth Center
  • Mercedes Recreation Center
  • Palmer Drug Abuse Program
  • Serving Children & Adults in Need (SCAN)
  • Silver Ribbon Community Partners
  • Starr County Victims of Domestic Violence
  • The Salvation Army
  • Women Together

COVID-19 Newsletters

April NewsLetter 2020 
August Newsletter 2020

UNITED WAY AND The Following Companies provided resources to the COVID-19 Community Fund:

  • United Way of South Texas
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Truist Foundation
  • ONE Gas Foundation
  • BBVA Foundation
  • AEP Texas
  • H-E-B
  • Fidelity Foundation
  • Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • United Way World Wide
  • Private Donors




United Way of South Texas established the COVID-19 Community Fund to support local non-profit agencies providing direct services to those being affected by COVID-19.

Donations to the COVID-19 Community Fund will be used to support  Hidalgo and Starr County non-profits working with individuals affected by this pandemic.

Agencies must apply for consideration.