Through Collective Impact Initiatives and other collaborations with our community, United Way of Denton County intends to create long-lasting improvements, and we want your voice to join ours. We especially want your help advocating for five key priorities as presented in 2015 to the Texas legislature during the 84th Legislative Session in Austin.
These priorities were developed in collaboration with area non-profit organizations, the Denton Chamber of Commerce, Denton Independent School District, University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University and the City of Denton and approved by our Board of Directors:
- Provide access to affordable full-day pre-kindergarten programming that will prepare children to be school-ready in reading, writing, math and skills to succeed in school and provide earlier detection of mental illness.
- Create effective, quality programming that will decrease Texas drop-outs, prepare all students for post-school success, and increase vocational job training to create and expand an employable workforce.
- Provide adequate funding for coordinating mental health services that are planned, cohesive and monitored for effectiveness at the community level for economically disadvantaged individuals and families.
- Provide integrated and affordable coverage to the state’s uninsured, ensure greater access to coverage through insurance reforms with measurable outcomes, and focus additional resources on primary care, prevention and wellness.
- Ensure adequate regulation of payday lenders that provide protections from aggressive and harmful lending practices that are negatively impacting scarce community social service resources.