United Way Receives $1.3 Million Grant


POSTED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 4:11pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 8:56am

The United Way of southern Cameron County has been awarded $1.3 million in grant money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the goals of the grant is to increase the number of jobs within the community for young adults who have a post secondary education. United Way's Traci Wickett has been working on this project for over a year.

"Normally we can dream big dreams but then we don't always find the funding necessary to implement the strategies to achieve those dreams," says Wickett. "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have now given us the firepower that we need to accomplish all of the things that we dreamed."

Brownsville is one of just three communities in the nation to be offered the grant from the foundation. Another goal of the grant is to improve educational attainment among low income young adults. Community businesses such as Keppel-AmFels, who donated $20,000 to the project, have been active in support of the movement.

"Brownsville should be happy to have all of these committed leaders throughout the community's public entities," says President and CEO of Keppel-AmFels G.S. Tan.

AmFels was just one of the businesses represented at the conference. Brownsville's Partners for Postsecondary Success include leaders from BISD, UTB, United Brownsville, The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and many others.

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