Hands for Hillcrest

Hands for Hillcrest Grant Program

Hillcrest is a community located near the CITGO refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. This community consists of 563 families, of which 93 percent are of African American and/or Hispanic descent, and 53 percent live below the national poverty level. The Hands for Hillcrest Grant Program, launched by CITGO in May 2012, is a three-year investment of up to $1.5 million toward nonprofit organizations in Corpus Christi. These organizations provide crucial services to Hillcrest residents related to education, job skills, health, and the environment.


In 2013, thanks to the Hands for Hillcrest Program:

• 112 children received free daycare while their family worked or studied

• 200 children received backpacks and school supplies

• 25 children received books through the “Imagination” Library

• 605 books were donated to the Oak Park and Evans elementary schools

• 47 children received literacy packages

• 11 students were assigned to volunteers acting as “big brother or sister”

• 63 students received personalized services in the Miller High School

• 94 percent of those students graduated or advanced to a higher grade

• 100 percent of them improved their academic record by the end of the year

• 530 youth participated in a leadership program

• 46 adolescent girls participated in a mentoring program

• 34 adults attended tutorials to improve their job skills, prepare for the high school equivalency test and improve their reading and writing

• 1,485 students received information about the dangers of smoking

• 17 homes were repaired

• 362 individuals received free health checks

During the 2013-2014 Hands for Hillcrest grant-making cycle, 10 organizations were selected for funding out of 25 applicants. Recipients were chosen by a volunteer advisory team of community members and area experts. A total $500,000 was awarded to the selected organizations. During the 2014-2015 Hands for Hillcrest grant-making cycle, 9 organizations were selected for funding out of 36 applicants.

The current Hands for Hillcrest Grant Recipients are:

Citizens for Educational Excellence

Communities in Schools of the Coastal Bend

Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend

Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas

It’s Your Life Foundation

Mary McLeod Bethune Day Nursery

Nueces County Community Action Agency

Sea City Work Camp

YWCA Corpus Christi