UWW: Building Stronger Communities on Both Sides of the Border

United Way is a community-based organization with a global reach. We fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Through our worldwide network, we possess the ability to address challenges that cross regional, national and international lines.

In February, United Way Worldwide President and CEO, Brian Gallagher, traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to see how migrants and residents along the U.S.-Mexico border are coping with the situation there. Gallagher visited a local YMCA, a family shelter, a classroom, and more, meeting with people from around the world looking for greater opportunity, security and a better future for themselves and their families.

"It’s important for any organization committed to building stronger communities to have a first-hand understanding of one of the most-pressing issues of our time," Gallagher said. "This is a human issue first – what you are seeing is hope." Watch their stories below.



At a YMCA in Tijuana, United Way President and CEO, Brian Gallagher, met a group of teenage boys seeking asylum in the United States. The Y is designed to house about 50 people, but has been sheltering more than 100 for several months.



At a family shelter in Tijuana, children as young as 5 are in a holding pattern – but thanks to a teacher who was once a migrant herself, they haven't had to put their studies on hold. Watch to learn more about those living at the border, and the folks committed to helping them.



After the 2010 Haitian earthquake, several thousand Haitian refugees ended up in Tijuana. During a recent trip to the border town, United Way President and CEO, Brian Gallagher, spoke to three young Haitian immigrants who are part of a program that's helping other migrants. Watch to learn more about the aid workers and others living at the border.