Advancing the Common Good: Creating Opportunities for a Better Life for All

Everyone in Denton County deserves opportunities for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. 

That’s why United Way of Denton County’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:

  • Education – Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
  • Income – Promoting Financial Stability and Independence
  • Health – Improving People’s Health

Advancing the common good here in Denton County is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

United Way of Denton County’s goal is to create long-lasting changes that improve lives by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. To LIVE UNITED in Denton County means to be a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future for us all.

84th Texas Legislature

In 2015, the Texas Legislature convened in Austin for the 84th Legislative Session.

United Way of Denton County collaborated 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 to develop the following United Way of Denton County legislative priorities for the 84th Texas Legislature, as approved by the United Way of Denton County board of directors:

Education is the cornerstone to the success of Texans and must be a priority from birth through college or job training. Denton County’s strong economic productivity depends on effective education that produces a highly skilled workforce.

  • 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.


Champion a Cause. ADVOCATE Today!

Who is your Texas State Senator, Texas State Representative and Denton County Commissioner?

The most basic way to ADVOCATE is to communicate with those who represent us here in Denton County.

To find your Texas State Senator or your Texas State Representative, visit this resource:

To find your Denton County Commissioner, visit this resource: