OUR COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVES & PROGRAMS

By building strong, inclusive, trusting relationships between Denton County businesses, governments, and nonprofits, our Collaborative Initiatives and Programs aim to tackle complex socioeconomic problems like poverty, homelessness, and mental illness. We work to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable among us. We leverage connections and credibility to do the difficult task of making system-wide impact. 


BACK-TO-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
We coordinate the collection and distribution of school supplies for economically disadvantaged children.

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HOMELESSNESS BARRIERS FUND
This fund reduces barriers to housing by increasing resources of nonprofits working with Denton County families to promote housing stability and self-sufficiency.

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COMMUNITY GRANTS
We amplify the efforts of highly efficient and effective nonprofits by investing resources to address the most critical needs of Denton County.

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COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT
We research, collate, and publish full reports every five years to determine Denton County’s highest-priority needs. Annual reassessments update the data to ensure accuracy.

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DENTON COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP TEAM
This Team advocates and facilitates a collaborative person-centered behavioral health system to repair and restore lives.

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DENTON COUNTY HOMELESSNESS LEADERSHIP TEAM
This Team fosters an effective and coordinated system of homelessness prevention and intervention.

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DENTON COUNTY VETERANS CENTER
We collaborate with local Veteran service providers to maintain a suite of services for our Veterans in need.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD COALITION
This Coalition works to engage and empower parents, families, professionals, and communities to provide enriched environments for all children birth - 8 years.

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END VETERAN HOMELESSNESS
The Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team, a Collective Impact initiative managed by United Way of Denton County, has adopted the goal to end Veteran Homelessness by 2020 into its strategic plan, and City of Denton Mayor Chris Watts signed on to the national mayor's challenge in fall of 2018.
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FOOD DRIVES
We coordinate with National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger and Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry to feed local families.
We attend and/or host several health fairs to educate the public on health and mental health challenges and resources in our community.

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INFORMATION & REFERRAL
We help people in crisis through a local helpline, online database, and local resource directories to connect those in need with service providers in Denton County.

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MAYOR’S SUMMER YOUTH JOBS PROGRAM
We partner with businesses to give Denton ISD students valuable work experience and professional development.

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NETWORK OF NONPROFITS & PARTNER AGENCIES
We holistically support a network of Denton County’s finest nonprofits to increase efficiencies and eliminate redundancies to better meet people’s needs.

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POINT-IN-TIME COUNT
This annual survey to count Denton County’s unsheltered and sheltered homeless on one night to better understand the nature of homelessness.

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PROJECT BLUEPRINT BOARD LEADERSHIP TRAINING
We teach local volunteers the skills needed to shape and govern a successful nonprofit board.

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SCHOOL-BASED COMMUNITY CENTERS
We partner with schools to bring parenting and employment resources into neighborhoods.

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WORKING FAMILY SUCCESS
We help working families increase their earning potential and resiliency through bundled, supportive services.

 


VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)
We provide free tax preparation to low and moderately-low income families.