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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 Central Texas (Temple): Payday loan dangers discussed at United Way Leadership Breakfast
"The United Way of Central Texas is where policy, outcome and practices come together to make the community better. Ann Baddaur, Texas Appleseed director of Fair Financial Services Project, spoke Tuesday at the United Way Leadership Breakfast held at the Ralph Wilson Youth Club in Temple. Baddaur worked with the United Way of Central Texas in getting a payday and auto title loan ordinance established in Temple..." READ MORE

United Way of Tarrant County (Fort Worth): Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to junior high students: Face your fears and grow your confidence
"Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott got the star treatment when he, Ezekiel Elliott and the team's rookies visited a junior high in Arlington, Texas, to launch a program called Character Playbook, an online course designed to help middle school students develop character and engage in healthy relationships..." READ MORE

And, United Way of Tarrant County Teams With Entrepreneurial Groups For Social Innovation
"United Way of Tarrant County is working to spark solutions to social issues by encouraging community members and organizations to communicate their ideas via the startup pitch model. KERNEL, United Way's new social innovation fund, invites individuals or groups to submit proposals for change in the areas of income, education, and health for an opportunity to pitch those ideas to community investors and turn their plans into actions..." READ MORE

Greater Longview United Way: Longview seeks help to reduce youth homelessness
"...In the 2007 Community Needs Assessment conducted for the Greater Longview United Way, lack of housing for homeless residents ranked fifth among the top pre-identified issues in the area. In this year's assessment, lack of housing ranked fourth and was the most-identified community need not involving health care..." READ MORE

United Way of Southern Cameron County (Brownsville): Nonprofit urges better early childhood education
"...Traci Wickett, executive director of the United Way of Southern Cameron County, said improving early childhood education is one of the best ways local leaders can ensure productive outcomes for students as they reach the end of their school careers and enter the workforce. It is a powerful economic development tool, she said..." READ MORE

United Way of South Texas (McAllen): Program helps bring hope to outlying areas
"Five years ago, the United Way of South Texas established an education council made up of representatives from Valley school districts both large and small, but primarily focused on isolated communities, such as Monte Alto. Others included Roma, Rio Grande City and La Joya..." READ MORE

United Way of Abilene: United Way Young Leaders spread back-to-school cheer at Chalk the Walk
"Some elementary students will get a surprise when they head back to school tomorrow. The United Way Young Leaders Society wrote inspirational messages on sidewalks with chalk. Four elementary schools were chosen, including Taylor Elementary..." READ MORE

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: How United Way Metropolitan Dallas Influenced Millennials to "Give a Check"
"At United Way Metropolitan Dallas, we know innovation is critical to continuing to engage and support the communities we serve. As the culture around giving evolves with the millennial generation, nonprofits must follow suit or risk becoming irrelevant. Newer generations are looking for fresh ways to give back - beyond just writing a check or attending an event..." READ MORE

And, United Way says it has put 192,130 people on the path to financial stability
"At the halfway point of a 10-year effort to lift 250,000 North Texans out of poverty and achieve improvements in health and education, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has put 192,130 people on the path to financial stability..." READ MORE

United Way for Greater Austin: Teams scavenge Austin for fun, raise money for United Way at same time
"United Way for Greater Austin held a new fundraising event Saturday that the organization hopes will become a new annual event. Called 'Ruthless Good: The Great Austin Scavenger Hunt,'participants raised money by banding together to solve clues and find unique Austin locations. They used their phones to take photos of the places they visited as they raced to finish and beat their competitors..." READ MORE

And, United Way narrows focus on ending poverty
"Like other United Way agencies across the country, United Way for Greater Austin has taken on a new strategy aimed at ending the cycle of poverty for Austin families. While the way it operates remains fundamentally the same, a new focus on low-income parents and their children will fund and coordinate nonprofits that offer job training, financial education and childcare..." READ MORE

United Way of Denton County (Denton): New digs in Denton for program that digs up assistance for veterans
"Veterans in Denton County now have a one-stop spot for finding assistance and programs that can prove to be beneficial. The Veteran Community Navigator Program, a partnership between United Way of Denton County and Denton County Veterans Coalition, sends social workers to help connect an estimated 46,000 veterans with rent assistance, therapy programs and more..." READ MORE

And, Back to School: How to get help for students struggling to make the grade
"If your student needs a mentor, Mentor Denton provides mentorship opportunities through several affiliates who lend help the estimated 10,000 at-risk students in Denton County. Affiliates include the United Way of Denton County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the city of Denton, Texas Woman's University, the University of North Texas, Denton ISD, Communities in Schools North Texas and We Denton Do It..." READ MORE

United Way of Amarillo and Canyon: Volunteers with United Way of Amarillo and Canyon serve thousands of residents
"The United Way of Amarillo &Canyon's annual Day of Caring doubled in size this year. On Friday morning, volunteers dispersed to 25 different services projects (compared to last year's 12 ), according to Amarillo College President Russell Lowery-Hart, Day of Caring committee chair..." READ MORE

United Way of Lamar County (Paris): Paris Metro Receives "Innovative Project of the Year Award" from Texas Transit Association
"The award is given to a public transportation system that has designed and implemented programs that demonstrate innovative concepts or effective problem-solving techniques and have applied them successfully in the public transportation industry...Additional support and sponsorship from the United Way of Lamar County, Paris Junior College, City of Paris Texas, Texas Oncology, The Results Company and local private foundations funded the project for a full three years..." READ MORE

United Way of East Central Texas (Palestine): Feeding our hungry
"Hungry families with children in this region will get some relief this summer, thanks to United Way volunteers and donors. Volunteers with the United Way of Central/ East Texas packed up more than 11,000 units of food that will go to local food banks throughout the summer. It's part of an effort to pick up the slack for kids who depend on meals provided by schools during the school year. 'Kids are our focus here at the United Way,' said Director Richard Jones..." READ MORE

Victoria County United Way (Victoria): Victoria County United Way is going strong
"A stamp cost 3 cents. The New York Yankees won the World Series. Howdy Doody was the first children's show to air on TV. And United Way started here in Victoria, Texas - all in 1947..." READ MORE

North Texas Area United Way (Wichita Falls): Literacy needs changed in 35 years
"We began a new Health Literacy program - a partnership with the Community Healthcare Center (CHC) and the North Texas Area United Way. Our goal is to provide the knowledge and resources to those in our community who need them most by training staff (nurses, doctors, residents, dental hygienists, and dentists) at CHC on how to discuss health literacy issues with patients..." READ MORE

And, United Way works to "Fill the Bus" with school supplies
"With the temperature soaring into the 100's, volunteers with North Texas Area Untied Way setup outside the Lawrence Road Walmart this weekend to collect school supplies and donations for Project Back to School Roundup for the second consecutive year..." READ MORE

Cooke County United Way (Gainesville): North Texas Medical Center has partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of Cooke County and Cooke County United Way
"The North Texas Medical Center has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cooke County and the Cooke County United Way to make sure students in the county are ready for school to begin in just a few short weeks. The event will offer free sports physicals administered by the NTMC Family Health and Pediatrics clinic, free eye exams given by the Lions Club, free school supplies and uniforms provided by the United Way of Cooke County and the Boys and Girls Club of Cooke County and much more..." READ MORE

United Way of Grayson County (Sherman): United Way raises funds through Hustle for Health
"Runners from across Texoma came together Saturday to support the United Way of Grayson County as the charitable organization held its annual Hustle for Health fundraiser. The event, which brought out more than 500 runners from as far as Colorado and Illinois, featured 5K, 10K, and fun run races as a part of the organization’s focus on health..." READ MORE
 
United Way of Smith County (Tyler)Former Dallas Cowboy Daryl "Moose" Johnston talks football, community at United Way's campaign kickoff
The United Way of Smith County has kicked off its 77th fundraising campaign, setting a goal to reach 8,500 participants. That would be a 10 percent increase over last year...The event served as an opportunity to call attention to the work of the nonprofit and how the money it raises stays local and impacts the lives of one out of every four people in Smith County..." READ MORE