There are many ways United Way of Denton County works towards our mission of improving lives in Denton County. On March 28th, United Way of Denton County board member, Ray Croff, and I had the honor of co-leading a board retreat for a local non-profit organization called Hearts For Homes. This grassroots organization does amazing work for our seniors that provides dignity and hope through home projects. Often, these projects are the means to allow the senior to be able to stay in their home.
The Denton County community is a perfect canvass for collective impact. Our capacity for collaboration uniquely positions our non-profits, public and private organizations to work together to improve lives. United Way of Denton County is committed to two strategies to improve lives, partner agencies and collective impact.
What is collective impact and how is it different from collaboration?
Collective impact is more rigorous and specific than collaboration among organizations. Five key elements lead to meaningful results from collective impact:
Did you know that more than 12,000 people gave to United Way of Denton County in 2014? That's outstanding and we are extremely appreciative of their generosity. How do we make the most for these donors? With volunteers!
For example, in 2015 we have nearly 30 college interns that come from Texas Woman's University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M Commerce serving our community in meaningful ways as they prepare to enter their future professions. These are smart, caring, passionate future leaders that are engaged in our communty.
Our office will be closed on November 27th and 28th so our staff and interns can enjoy friends and family during the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you will take some time to appreciate your loved ones as well.
During the month of November, we are taking a look at each of United Way of Denton County’s focus areas: Education, Income and Health. This week we will be focusing on Health (Live Well) by interviewing Rachel Roberts, LMSW, about our work in the area of mental health.
During the month of November we are taking a look at each of United Way of Denton County’s focus areas: Education, Income and Health. This week we will be focusing on Education (Learn Well) by interviewing Amy Simon, a key member of the team behind Mentor Denton.
During the month of November we are taking a look at each of United Way of Denton County’s focus areas: Education, Income and Health. This week we will be focusing on Income by sharing a story from our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Every tax season, United Way of Denton County volunteers prepare federal income tax returns free of charge for local households who earn less than $50,000 a year. Community Impact Coordinator John Montoya recalls helping one taxpayer.
You can look at Mentor Denton, Bank On Denton County, Pre-K Coalition, Volunteer Income Tax Assitance Program (VITA), Evers Park ES School-based Community Center, Denton High School Job Interview Training Pilot, Denton County Citizen's Council On Mental Health, Project Blueprint Non-Profit Board Member Training, or our traditional Partner Agencies and their outstanding programs to see that the Denton Record-Chronicle's October 26th editorial about United Way of Denton County and collective impact is on target.
The board of directors for United Way of Denton County announced Thursday that The Salvation Army will return as a partner agency in 2015. Here's the background for the resumed partnership and reaction from the leaders of our United Way of Denton County and The Salvation Army.