From the CEO, Gregory Shannon
The North Texas Area United Way – like United Ways across the country – is committed to more than just supporting programs that serve identified needs in the community.
The mission of the United Way is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of community. And to Live United means mobilizing that power to support and, where necessary, develop programs that also address the underlying causes of the community’s needs, with the long-term goal of ending those needs.
Which is why Living United means more than just financially supporting a childcare program. It’s also introducing curricula to that program that help prepare children to become lifelong learners. It’s informing the parents of those children about available tax credits and career development opportunities that can improve their financial stability. And it’s ensuring that all the family members are informed about quality, affordable health services in their community.
Education. Income. Health. These are the pillars upon which strong lives are built. And if any of these pillars become weak or unstable, it’s difficult – if not impossible – to move ahead in life. To Live United is to create opportunities for all persons to achieve strength and stability in their Education, Income, and Health.
This comprehensive philosophy of problem-solving is an improvement upon earlier approaches that sought only to fund familiar programs year after year. The modern United Way approach is built around a constant – and comprehensive – analysis of the community and the forces at work in it.
There is one thing about the modern United Way that remains constant: We Can’t Do It Without You.
It takes an enormous amount of talent, resources and manpower to assess community needs, prescribe solutions, evaluate and develop worthy programs, spread the word throughout the community about the importance of these programs – and then, finally, raise the funds necessary to put them into motion, and spread the word.
That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.
To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities
In 2008, United Way World Wide initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018:
- Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts — 1.2 million students, every year — in half.
- Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence.
- Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
These goals are ambitious, but with your help, and by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve them.