During times of uncertainty, the Brazos Valley came together to support each other. COVID-19 was a new test of our collective strength. As social distancing and self-quarantining became part of everyday life, we faced new economic challenges. To support the escalating need, community nonprofits partnered with local governments and businesses to launch a relief fund for Brazos Valley residents and businesses that faced economic uncertainty as the region continued to follow CDC, state and city guidelines designed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund was managed by United Way of the Brazos Valley, the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, the City of Bryan and the City of College Station.

Funds were distributed throughout the Brazos Valley for:

  • Nonprofit Organization Support – offering grants for programs supporting food, rent and utility assistance for those impacted by COVID-19 response
  • Small Business Relief – offering small business payroll and rent grants for those whose business has experienced severe interruption due to COVD-19 response

As of June 1, 2020, the Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief fund granted a total of $1,181,228 to 12 nonprofits and 114 Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 response containment efforts. Click here to see a full list of Brazos Valley recipients.


Community Resources – 2-1-1 Texas

As always, the 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Hotline is here answering the call from neighbors in need. 2-1-1 Texas provides information about community resources and connects people to basic needs assistance and other social services, a demand which is likely to increase. You can also search the 2-1-1 Texas database online at 2-1-1 Texas is not the number to call for emergencies. Dial 2-1-1 to speak with a 2-1-1 Texas Call Specialist.

General Resources – Dial 2-1-1 Option 1

2-1-1 Texas Option 1 offers information on local resources for needs such as food, rent or utility assistance. Simply dial 2-1-1, select your language, then select Option 1.

Health & Human Services – Dial 2-1-1 Option 2

2-1-1 Texas Option 2 offers information state benefits SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare, TANF, etc. programs. Simply dial 2-1-1, select your language, then select Option 2.

COVID-19 Questions – Dial 2-1-1 Option 6

2-1-1 Texas Option 6 is a special hotline for individuals with questions and concerns about COVID-19. Simply dial 2-1-1, select your language, then select Option 6.

2-1-1 Texas Data Dashboards

2-1-1 Texas compiles caller data detailing its call demographics and needs in the Brazos Valley with county-by-county breakdowns for the Brazos Valley. Click below to see 2-1-1 Texas Data Dashboards for the Brazos Valley and its counties. For more information on these reports, contact

United Way of the Brazos Valley works to improve health, expand education and address essential needs for every person in the Brazos Valley.