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DENTON, TX (May 12, 2017) – Tax season may be over but the impact of Denton County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program continues. This year, the free tax preparation program, run by United Way of Denton County volunteers and staff, is breaking records again. Between Jan. 26 and Apr. 18, volunteers returned $2,035,463 in tax year 2016 refunds to Denton County residents. VITA helped more than 2,000 people this season, an increase from previous years. United Way of Denton County...
DENTON, TX (Jan. 25, 2017) – An organization that exists to serve the community by ‘Improving Lives’ in Denton County, the United Way of Denton County (UWDC), has been a household name for decades (since 1951). A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization consisting of many community volunteers, interns, a Board of Directors and a small staff. The organization has many facets within the actual entity itself; UWDC has 20 partner agencies that it coordinates with to help children, families, Veterans,...
Six area partners recognized for dedicated contribution to agency’s mission of improving lives in Denton County Left: File photo of Debbie & Mark Merki Right: Dr. Bettye Myers presents Humanitarian Award to Mark Merki FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DENTON, TX (Jan. 24, 2017) – United Way of Denton County Board Chair Greg Sawko announced that the organization’s annual fundraising campaign will raise over $2 million again this year. The announcement came at the organization’s fifth annual United...
Kristin Jones joins team to lead fundraising efforts DENTON, TX (Jan. 9, 2017) – United Way of Denton County announced today that Kristin Jones has joined the team as Resource Development Director. United Way of Denton County raises over $2 million each year to improve lives across Denton County for children, families, Veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and people affected by mental illness. “We are excited to have Ms. Jones join our team to help us continue to serve more people in...
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...

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