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Helping our community #EarnWell

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.

Denton Record-Chronicle Urges Giving for Collective Impact

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.

Board Approves 2015 Advocacy Priorities

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. 

Why I LIVE UNITED

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.

We Agree with Denton Record-Chronicle Opinion

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

One of our Greatest Needs in Denton County

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.

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