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Texas United Ways work every day for long-lasting change in their local communities.

Below is a sampling of how United Ways make their local news and headlines.  For more updates, check out your local United Way's website, and connect with them on social media.
United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County: Grants will give military families more resources
"Raising a family can be tough, but doing so when one of the parents is a member of the military - well, that can present additional challenges. A program from the Children's Shelter is getting some extra support - in an effort to help these families. The Texas Veterans Commission and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County are each awarding grants to the shelter..." READ MORE
United Way of Midland: United Way of Odessa to have annual meeting 
"Nearly 60 people participated in role-playing exercises at an event Thursday to experience what it is like to live in poverty.Each participant, most of them professionals in the social services field, was assigned a fictional low-income family.' A significant number of Midlanders are low-income,' said Jane Hellinghausen, assistant director of resource development for United Way of Midland..." READ MORE
United Way of the Brazos Valley (College Station): United Way works to better the Brazos Valley
"Dozens of people in the community are getting ready to go over the edge, literally repelling [sic] off the side of the Hilton in College Station. It is all for a good cause. Money raised will go to the United Way of the Brazos Valley. 'We fight for the community. We fight for the health, financial stability, and education of everyone in the Brazos Valley,' said Alison Prince, the CEO of United Way..." READ MORE
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County: United Way Women's Leadership providing child care scholarships to those in need 
"The United Way Women's Leadership Council is offering child care scholarships to people who want to make an investment in their future. Amy Martinez has three children and has been a child care scholarship recipient since 2013. She said, with this help, she has been able to complete three associate degrees, all with a 4.0 grade point average..." READ MORE
United Way of Abilene: United Way marks 60 years
"Wearing a satin 'Pink Ladies' jacket, Cathy Ashby, president and CEO of United Way of Abilene, welcomed the crowd to the event, which marked the 60th anniversary of the organization and featured music, vehicles and campaign advertising from the 1950s..." READ MORE
United Way of Central Texas (Temple): Local organizations team up to donate hundreds of books to children in Temple
"Children from the community were able to come eat lunch and pick out a few books to take home. The book share program was created by multiple community organizations including Temple Education Foundation, United Way, Temple ISD, Give more hugs and the UN-Included club..." READ MORE
United Way of Odessa: Roundtable focuses on reform of poverty-fighting programs
"The representative of the 11th Congressional District also asked for suggestions about how to improve the country's poverty fighting programs, with two main takeaways. Attendees of the poverty roundtable included representatives from the West Texas Food Bank, United Way, Permian Basin Workforce Development Board, Salvation Army and Meals on Wheels...." READ MORE
Lubbock Area United Way: Lubbock United Way Hosts Legislative Briefing
"Lubbock Area United Way held a meeting Wednesday for nonprofit leaders and elected officials.The purpose of the event was to brief elected officials and the community on issues that affect this area, particularly in the areas of pre-kindergarten education, child abuse and neglect, mental health services, and the foster care system..." READ MORE
Greater Longview United Way: United Way volunteers give time, lend a hand to Longview nonprofit agencies 
"They were among the participants in the annual Day of Giving for the Greater Longview United Way, along with other businesses and volunteers.  More than half a dozen nonprofit service agencies were helped Friday morning as part of United Way's Day of Action..." READ MORE
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: United Way hopes to feed hungry kids this summer
"One-in-four children don't know where their next meal will come from. While they find help during the school year, what happens during the summer? The United Way is here to help..." WATCH MORE
United Way of Southern Cameron County (Brownsville):  Payday lenders' predator practices would be curtailed 
"Traci Wickett, CEO of the United Way of Southern Cameron County, which belongs to TFLA, said she took part in a field hearing in Houston earlier this year with CFPB Director Richard Cordray. 'He asked for a one-on-one conversation with me and said he was amazed to hear of the abuses by the payday and auto-title lending industry taking place in our area,' Wickett said. 'We have been looking forward to these proposed rules for a long time'..." READ MORE
United Way of Hays County (San Marcos): San Marcos raises flags to remember heroes, victims of Memorial Day flood
"San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero asked the community to take a moment and pause to remember the passion and dedication of the first responders during last year's floods. The leaders of the local United Way said there are still 600 to 700 families still recovering from the devastating floods in San Marcos..." READ MORE
United Way of Smith County (Tyler): United Way of Smith County surprises donor with brand new car
"Alex Collins, development director of the United Way of Smith County, said more than 8,300 people in Smith County donated to the United Way campaign to help area nonprofit agencies last year. 'Those gifts of $5 per week really add up and collectively will touch nearly 60,000 people this year,' Collins said..." READ MORE
United Way of Amarillo and Canyon: United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet to Allocate $34,000 to Area Charities
"The students of the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon's Youth Leadership Cabinet is [sic] allocating more than $34,000 back into the community this afternoon. This group of about 80 students from Amarillo, Canyon, Bushland, Highland Park and River Road school districts ran a campaign throughout the school year that raised over $34,000..." READ MORE
Victoria County United Way: Day of Caring gives club fresh, new look
"These changes and more were put into action by about 100 volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria. Victoria County United Way hosted its 6th annual Day of Caring at the Victoria nonprofit, which provides affordable after-school care and summer camps..." READ MORE
United Way of Tarrant County (Fort Worth): Definitely not how United Way used to do things
"United Way of Tarrant County leaders are bragging. They should. Five years ago, they reinvented their organization. Now, halfway through a 10-year plan to prove their new approach, they're seeing progress. And at an economic summit this past week, they laid out a think-outside-the-box plan to assist people with innovative ideas for meeting local social needs..." READ MORE
United Way of South Texas (McAllen): United Way VITA program stimulates local economy; $5.3M returned to RGV families
"Approximately 175 United Way volunteers have been working diligently at 12 sites that serve families in Hidalgo & Starr Counties. To date, more than 2,300 families have been served, with total income tax returns of $5,513,400. In addition, we estimate that we have saved these individuals approximately $354,151 in preparation costs..." READ MORE