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While day-to-day routines on the South Plains have somewhat stabilized after the pandemic, the ripple effects are still being felt. Issues such as youth mental health, inflation, access to affordable childcare, financial stability, and overall safety are worse than they have been in recent history. This has been demonstrated throughout the report as we now have access to data and reports that were not available in 2020 or 2021.

The good news, however, is that we have more organizations, citizens, and collective groups of people willing to innovate and do what they can to address these issues and support our neighbors.

For more than seventy-five years, Lubbock Area United Way has been dedicated to addressing the most significant challenges of our community. By focusing on extensive collaboration with local partner agencies, businesses, government officials, schools, community coalitions and other stakeholders, United Way has become a local authority in creating a stronger community. A key part of this work is the publication of the Community Status Report.

This report provides information on education, safety, health, economics, and other topics aimed at bringing awareness to the many needs of the South Plains community. By identifying and understanding these underlying issues and problems, we can begin to work towards building a better community for all. 

As mentioned in the last couple of reports, the need for this community collaboration and awareness is more crucial now. The needs of our neighbors have been constantly shifting throughout the pandemic and beyond. Many needs are being addressed through community programs, while others are so new that solutions have yet to be found. For both of these categories, increasing collaboration, sustaining programs, and providing access to resources and information continues to be crucial.

Lubbock Area United Way has been at the forefront of this work since its creation in 1946. This work only continues to grow thanks to the efforts of its Community Partners and other stakeholders. With your support, we will continue our mission of Giving • People • Hope.

in the report



2-1-1 Texas South Plains
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Lubbock
CASA of the South Plains
Center for Disease Control
Children at Risk
City of Lubbock
Early Learning Centers of Lubbock
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas
Kids Count 2021 & 2022
Legal Aid Society of Lubbock
Literacy Lubbock
Lubbock Children’s Health Clinic
Lubbock Economic Development Alliance
Lubbock Police Department
Meadows Institute
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Pew Research Center
Polaris Project
Shared Hope International
Texas A&M University – Real Estate Research Center
Texas Department of Family Protective Services
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Department of State Health Services 
Texas Education Agency
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Texas Workforce Commission
The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
Trafficking Institute
TX Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning
U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey
United for ALICE
Voice of Hope
Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock


Eugene Wang, Ph.D.

Devin McCain
Vice President, Community Impact
Lubbock Area United Way

Amanda McAfee
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Lubbock Area United Way

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