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As featured in the Denton Record-Chronicle, Nov. 27, 2016 One Vietnam veteran in Denton County recently learned he’s eligible for Veterans Affairs benefits, despite being told 40 years ago he didn’t serve long enough to qualify. If his son, who also served in the military, hadn’t enrolled in a veterans assistance program through the United Way of Denton County, neither of them would’ve discovered what they’re entitled to. Their family is one of 90 cases that have already benefited through...
Debbie and Mark Merki to receive Dr. Bettye Myers Humanitarian Award from United Way of Denton County DENTON, TX (Nov. 18, 2016) – The board of directors of United Way of Denton County announced today that the recipients of the 2017 Dr. Bettye Myers Humanitarian Award will be Debbie and Mark Merki. The award will be presented at United Way of Denton County’s annual celebration “United TRIBUTE” on January 21, 2017. Previous United Way of Denton County Humanitarian awardees include Dr. Bettye...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Organizers offer local alternative to metroplex events DENTON, TX (Nov 1, 2016) - The Greater Denton Arts Council and United Way of Denton County announced a new partnership bringing a New Year’s celebration to Denton to raise funds and awareness for arts and advocacy. The first annual Lil’d NYE event will be casino-themed and feature local food and talent at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in historic Downtown Denton. “We are excited to partner with the United Way to...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Focus on children, families, veterans, people experiencing homelessness & those affected by mental illness DENTON, TX (November 1, 2016) – United Way of Denton County’s board of directors have announced the organization’s advocacy priorities for 2017 and the upcoming 85th Texas State Legislature. The six top advocacy priorities were approved by the board of directors and reflect the organization’s mission of improving lives in Denton County and was developed with...
As featured on American Trucker and TruckNews.com DENTON, TX. Nearly 50 Peterbilt customers showed their pride and showcased their rides by circling the City of Denton’s Downtown Square during the first Peterbilt Pride & Class Parade. Peterbilt Motors Co. has its heavy-duty truck manufacturing facility and headquarters here. Trucks ranging from a 1948 Model 350 to current production Model 579s and Model 567s—and many models manufactured in-between—were featured for Peterbilt’s annual...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Donation intended to help families and people in need in Denton County. DENTON, TX (September 2, 2016) – PACCAR Inc. and the PACCAR Foundation, parent company of Peterbilt Motors Company, based in Denton, Texas, presented a generous donation to United Way of Denton County on September 2, 2016. The intent of the donation is to provide additional services to help families and people in need in Denton County. Ken Hastings of the Foundation said, "PACCAR and its employees...
DENTON, TX (August 26, 2016) – United Way of Denton County will host its third annual Day of Action on Saturday, September 10, mobilizing volunteers to enhance local solutions to homelessness. Volunteers can take part in six service projects through four Denton County non-profits. Projects include building flower boxes for Habitat for Humanity of Denton County to help their houses feel like homes, participating in one of two ‘Brush with Kindness’ projects, and performing light fix-up work on...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DENTON, TX (August 19, 2016) – Senator Jane Nelson, along with representatives from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, joined local community leaders to launch the Texas Veterans and Families Alliance pilot program, one of four pilot programs across the state. The program is targeted to help Denton County Veterans and family members in crisis and was developed by the Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership...
United Way of Denton County invites you to join us in making it #OkayToSay. A community-based movement begun by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Okay to Say empowers people to talk openly about mental and behavioral health. As part of this movement, United Way of Denton County and the Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team strive to change and eliminate the discrimination, stigma and stereotypes around conversations about mental health. Many people who struggle with mental...
On Dr. Seuss's birthday this past March, 200 volunteers visited Denton County schools to share their love of reading with students! In 1st-5th grade classrooms, local community members read books and led classroom activities to promote the importance of childhood literacy. Volunteering in our local school districts goes beyond a one-day event! Many of our Mentor Denton volunteers show up to mentor and tutor Denton County students on a regular basis through several of our partner agencies like...

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