The board of directors for United Way of Denton County have set our 2015 Legislative priorities for the 84th Texas Legislature. Denton County area non-profit organizations were invited to participate in recommending the critical needs across our community that demand our advocacy attention in 2015. Once again, our efforts will be combined with area chamber of commerce, cities, school districts, universities and business leaders in Austin during the legislative session.
I met a man in Pilot Point.
I was there to thank the city for proclaiming September to be LIVE UNITED Month. He said he volunteered with United Way of Denton County in the ‘80s. He said back then, they didn’t need services in his city. Now, Pilot Point Goodfellows helps nearly a hundred people overcome emergencies each year. He said that he rented a house at 21; he said he bought a house at 22. I told him that seems unbelievable to someone of the millenial generation.
Even though volunteers and staff work throughout the year to raise funds for our mission of "improving lives in Denton County", this time of year just seems more intense. In our hectic, busy, dawn to dark (sometimes before dawn and after dark) we all need to be reminded why we "campaign" each year. Today, our friends at the Denton Record-Chronicle said it very well - to help people in need. It really does come down to that.
I encourage you to read DRC's editorial and share it with your friends, family and colleagues. #ADVOCATE
In 2013 United Way of Denton County published on Community Needs Assessment on Mental Health in Denton County. Arguably, one of our most challenging efforts, this report pointed out the gap in our community that rivals anything we've seen to date. So dramatic the need, we received an unsolicited private donation of $50,000 to lauch a two year effort to dig deeper into this issue and to increase community awareness about what we must achieve to serve our neighbors more effectively.
For 22 years now our letter carriers across the country have generously served as the backbone for the nation's largest one day food drive, the NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Today here in Denton County we thank and recognize our letter carriers. To learn more about this award winning community effort to help those around us that are food insecure, read this - http://about.usps.com/corporate-social-responsibility/nalc-food-drive.htm.
Thanks for giving today!
Together, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, United Way of Denton County and United Way of Tarrant County are partnering with students from The University of North Texas in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service to launch north Texas' first United Way Student Leaders student organization. Check out this outstanding group of future leaders on their facebook page. The collaborative impact of this historic partnership has the potential to be tremendous. Already,
As United Way of Denton County expands our financial education and second chance banking program, Bank On Denton County, we are in need of more Spanish speaking volunteers to train as workshop instructors. Bank On Denton County workshop volunteers help hard working individuals and families in our community benefit for gaining access to mainstream financial products at local banks and credit unions. For some, participating in the program offers a second chance to have a checking account. Volunteers are the key and volunteers that speak Spanish are in great need at this time.
Join us on March 19th at 4pm for our Ribbon Cutting and Open House at our new location at 1314 Teasley Lane in Denton. We're excited about the work our staff, interns and volunteers will accomplish at our new home. Come by and let's talk about how you can get connected and begin to LIVE UNITED!
President & CEO
United Way of Denton County
Due to inclement weather, our Oak Point Elementary School VITA site will be closed on Monday, March 3rd.