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The Honorable Bobbie Mitchell to be sixth recipient of Dr. Bettye Myers Humanitarian Award  United Way of Denton County recently revealed that the Honorable Bobbie Mitchell will be the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Bettye Myers Humanitarian Award to be presented at the organization’s seventh annual UNITED Tribute gala celebration on Saturday, January 19, 2019.  “Bobbie is an icon in Denton County,” said Lyle Dresher, Board Chair of United Way of Denton County. “Her county-wide influence across...
Investment is first of $1.5 million needed in renovation phase of recently purchased building DENTON, TX – (November 20, 2018) First State Bank announced a $100,000 investment to the Improving Lives capital campaign project of United Way of Denton County at a recent private supporter event hosted at the organization’s newly purchased building.First State Bank’s Denton President Brandon McCleskey made the announcement and presented a check to United Way of Denton County CEO Gary Henderson and...
United Way of Denton County (UWDC) announced the purchase, partial renovation, and future development plans for a 24,000 sq. ft. building in the Shady Oaks complex on Teasley Lane at a private supporter event hosted at the building. With Phases I and II of the Improving Lives project complete, the organization seeks donors for the final renovation in Phase III. Until recently, UWDC leased a 4,870 sq. ft. office suite at the Shady Oaks complex which was shared in collaboration with partner...
DENTON, TX (November 12, 2018) – United Way of Denton County (UWDC) and the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) jointly announced a pilot program to overcome one of the number one barriers to Veterans accessing services and resources – transportation.DCTA will provide UWDC with a kick-starter donation of Lyft gift cards and Irving Holdings (parent company of Yellow Cab) debit cards, to provide Veterans a choice of demand-response services so they have enhanced and flexible access to...
As featured in the Denton Record-Chronicle on 10/30/2018 by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe... Denton has formally joined 750 cities nationwide, including 16 in Texas, in a 4-year-old campaign that aims to end homelessness for veterans. Mayor Chris Watts stopped by an event organized for area veterans last week to publicly announce the city’s goal to end veteran homelessness locally by 2020. “We’ve been operating on that kind of goal for a while,” Watts said. “Now we’ve signed on in an official way.” The...
HOUSTON, TX (October 24, 2018) Invited by Texas State Health and Human Services, United Way of Denton County (UWDC) shared their success story as a Texas Veterans + Family Alliance (TV+FA) Grant recipient at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Engage and Excel Pre-Conference in Houston, TX this week.Representing UWDC on the workshop panel were President and CEO Gary Henderson and Director of Health and Mental Health Initiatives Sonia Redwine who discussed the creation, incubation, and...
16-year United Way of Denton County veteran to head program initiatives team.DENTON, TX (September 25, 2018) – United Way of Denton County (UWDC) announced today the promotion of long-time staffer Leah Jordan to the position of Senior Director of Community Impact.As Senior Director of Community Impact, Jordan will lead UWDC’s team of initiative and program directors who develop collaborative projects across UWDC’s strategic focus areas defined by key findings in the most recent Community Needs...
Left: Denton Kickoff Panel (R-L: Maduko, Wilson, Watts, Mitchell, Parker, Henderson … Photo credit: Vickie Jackalone) and Lewisville Kickoff Panel (R-L: Henderson, Maduko, Rogers, Mitchell, Gilmore (with UWDC Board Chair Lyle Dresher)... Photo credit: Christy Hill, chillphotography.net)  LEWISVILLE, TX (September 14, 2018) –  The second of two Kickoff Breakfasts and Community Conversations moderated by United Way of Denton County as part of LIVE UNITED Month was held today at Lewisville ISD...
As featured in the Denton Record-Chronicle Editorial on 9/9/2018 ...What does it mean to Live United? If you’re Gary Henderson, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Denton County, it means bringing together varying segments of the community to pursue solutions to universal, pervasive problems. That means working with area law enforcement and court systems to better address mental illness in Denton County — including at the Denton County Jail, the largest in-patient...
As featured in Denton Record-Chronicle on 9/7/2018 by Jenna Duncan ... The annual fundraising to support the next year of initiatives for the United Way of Denton County started Friday during a kickoff breakfast and community conversation at the University of North Texas Gateway Center.In a panel moderated by Gary Henderson, the agency’s president and CEO, public officials talked about what actions they’ve taken to support United Way’s four main pillars: helping children and families succeed;...

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