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An Opportunity to Create and Lead Change

For Inia, giving back to the community has always been part of her DNA. Her parents worked hard and always made a point to lend support to friends and neighbors. As she grew up, she knew she wanted to continue that tradition.

When Inia found out that United Way of Metropolitan Dallas works to create change in three areas that she’s passionate about—education, income and health—she knew she had to get involved. As part of the Live United movement, Inia has the opportunity to not only create change but to lead it.

Go Behind the Scenes with Our New Social Innovation Incubator

Every day, we work to drive transformative change and advance racial equity in the areas of education, income and health in North Texas. Our work in social innovation—which encourages the creation of bold new solutions that advance progress toward our impact goals—is one key to our success. Through our social innovation program, we provide the necessary resources, including funding, mentorship and connections, to entrepreneurs to assist them in the development of their innovative ventures.

To build on our impact in the social innovation space, we just launched the Social Innovation Incubator, developed in partnership with Bridge for Billions. This leadership development program is specifically geared to social ventures led by women and people of color and aims to address historical opportunity and resource gaps, plus systemic racial and gender inequities that exist throughout the region.

Here, we chat with Alexis Snow, senior manager of innovation, and Jamey Applegate, MSW, senior director of innovation, about the new program, their take on the progress being made in social innovation, and what the future holds.


JAMEY APPLEGATE: It’s critical both from an impact and an equity standpoint. From the impact side, we have incredible organizations that have been making an impact for decades, and we will continue to rely on them to support the community. But it is necessary to complement those efforts by both identifying potential new solutions to pressing problems and by encouraging those established organizations to think differently. We need to constantly ask if there are new ways we could be achieving our goals. From an equity standpoint, we have an obligation to create space for voices and ideas and solutions from individuals and communities that have been historically marginalized and silenced, especially those that are closest to the problem, as they are best positioned to identify the most effective solutions.

ALEXIS SNOW: At United Way, we have goals that are aspirational in that they will require intentional, advancing solutions to the problems that face North Texans in education, income and health. Innovative approaches to these problems are important because they will allow United Way to not only be a part of the driving force for impact, but they will also fuel more effective, efficient, sustainable and just solutions across North Texas.


JAMEY: The United Way Social Innovation Incubator is designed to address historical opportunity and resource gaps, as well as systemic racial and gender inequities, in the social innovation sector in North Texas. It will provide a 12-week organizational and leadership development program exclusively for early-stage social ventures led and staffed by women and people of color who are working to implement new and creative solutions to pressing problems facing North Texans in the areas of education, income and health.


JAMEY: We have been incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to support so many inspiring social entrepreneurs—and I think all of the organizations we’ve had join our programs are inspiring, both in the work they do and in their vision to think differently about how to make the world better. A few that stick in my head: Steve Wanta and the team at Just Community provide financial capital, build community and offer peer coaching to Latina women who are working to build a business or build their credit. They’re incredible, and they were a finalist for the $10 million Lone Star Prize. Taylor Willis and Vanessa Barker founded The Welman Project to build on their love for creative reuse, taking surplus corporate office items, figuring out how they might be used in an educational context, and then getting those items into the hands of teachers at no cost, all of which reduces waste and reduces the burden put on teachers to buy their own materials. Finally, one of our current Social Innovation Accelerator Fellows is Cece Rockwell from BT Foundry, a nonprofit that provides training and apprenticeships in marketing and advertising, with a focus on individuals from historically marginalized communities. I was also incredibly inspired by the applications we received for our new Social Innovation Incubator, and I can’t wait to get to know our first cohort of 20 social entrepreneurs.

ALEXIS: I would agree with Jamey that all the organizations we have had a chance to work with are inspiring, as we have seen a wide array of social impact organizations come through our programming. I am constantly inspired by the missions and passion displayed by the humble leaders who desire to make a difference in the lives of others. A few names to look out for, [before we] announce our cohort of Social Innovation Incubator participants: MEE, where Sarah Robertson has co-founded a program to educate and empower youth to explore career paths and set intentional goals through diverse experiences in their local cities. TMJ Dance Project, where Terrance Johnson is on a mission to create cultural dance experiences that promote community outreach, art in education, affordable dance training and the experience of live dance performances to historically underserved communities. Last but certainly not least, Feed Oak Cliff is a part of this year’s Social Innovation Accelerator, where founder Anga Sanders has worked tirelessly to address the food desert that sweeps Southern Dallas by creating a plan to build a community-run grocery store that will fuel, feed and fight the negative health outcomes that are a direct result of lack of access to fresh produce and healthy food options in the Southern sector.


JAMEY: There are many benefits: 1) They’re often a little more nimble, more able to quickly assess the landscape and make critical adjustments to their models to be most effective; 2) they’re scrappy and hungry, and they go after every connection, opportunity and experience to build and grow their venture; and 3) they’re usually early in their organizational life, and we are positioned well to help them ensure they have a strong foundation that will allow for continued growth and scaling.

ALEXIS: I love working with small organizations because they are embedded in the work. My career started with grassroots service, and it’s so rewarding to know that the capacity-building curriculum that we provide to these social entrepreneurs will move their mission forward without delay. Because they are the decision-makers and they get excited to learn new skills and implement them to improve their organizational infrastructure and sustainability.


JAMEY: Equity in social innovation is two-fold: It’s about ensuring that social innovation is used as a force for creating a more equitable society, and it’s about ensuring that social innovation and social innovation programming are pursued with equity as a primary goal. It’s helping social entrepreneurs develop clear policies, practices and programs that serve to dismantle systems of oppression and center diversity, equity, inclusion and representation both internally and in the community. And it’s doing our own work to make sure that our social innovation programs are accessible, inclusive and culturally relevant and that our staff, stakeholders and program participants are representative of the communities we serve.


ALEXIS: One of the biggest things is continuing to see social innovation as a critical component to making sustained progress on our toughest challenges—that investing in new and creative solutions can and does lead to real breakthroughs. And a huge trend is seeing innovation as a key value for all North Texas nonprofits, ensuring that they are always thinking about how to make their work more effective, efficient, sustainable and just. I think social innovation is going to become the de facto innovation model, and that innovation only makes sense if it has a social mission and benefits the community at large.

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Investing in the Next Generation

Cathy started her career as a teacher, where she quickly realized that students need support from the entire community to truly thrive. Her dream for North Texas is that every child will have the support and resources necessary to reach their full potential and become change agents in their own communities.

Cathy is a vocal advocate of the work that United Way of Metropolitan Dallas does to improve education in North Texas. She encourages young people who want to leave a mark on the world to join the Live United movement and create change that will last for generations.

Cobertura de Salud

¿Quién Califica?

Este programa provee tres meses de asistencia financiera a personas recientemente desempleadas que hayan perdido el seguro médico de su trabajo (ESI) como resultado directo de la pandemia de la COVID-19.

  • Individuos y familias por debajo del 350% del Nivel Federal de Pobreza ($38,640 para individuos, $52,260 para familias de 2 personas, y 65,880 para una familia de 3 personas)
  • Habitantes de los condados Collin, Dallas, Denton y Tarrant.
  • Ciudadanos de EE.UU.
  • Inmigrantes que se encuentren legalmente en EE.UU.
  • Personas con antecedentes médicos.

¿Necesitas Asistencia Financiera?

Para información adicional y ayuda en la inscripción a la cubertura médica, haz clic en alguna de las organizaciones asociadas de abajo.


Preguntas Frecuentas

¿Qué es la Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible (ACA)?
La Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible, también conocida como Obamacare, es una ley federal decretada en 2010. Ésta exige que todos los ciudadanos de EE.UU. y los residentes legales tengan seguro médico o de lo contrario paguen una multa. El ACA estableció el Health Insurance Marketplace, un sistema en línea que provee acceso público para elegir entre los planes de salud calificados. Esta es la única forma de aplicar a asistencia financiera (créditos tributarios) para reducir las primas mensuales.

¿De qué trata el programa de asistencia financiera para cobertura de North Texas Healthcare?

El programa de asistencia financiera para cobertura de North Texas Healthcare fue diseñado para de manera rápida y efectiva cubrir individuos con un seguro médico y proveer asistencia financiera para que puedan pagarlo.

El programa proveerá tres meses de asistencia financiera a individuos recientemente desempleados que hayan perdido el seguro médico de su trabajo (ESI) como resultado directo de la pandemia de la COVID-19, y a aquellas personas que califican para aplicar a través de un Período Especial de Inscripción (SEP), desde el 15 de febrero hasta el 15 de agosto.

¿Cuándo puedo aplicar e inscribirme en la Inscripción Especial?

La Inscripción Abierta para el cubrimiento comienza el 15 de febrero de 2021 y termina el 15 de agosto de 2021 para el Período de Inscripción Especial (SEP).

Por fuera del Período de Inscripción Abierto, únicamente podrás adquirir seguro médico si tienes un Evento que Transforme tu Vida. Pide la ayuda de un asistente para aplicar al Período de Inscripción Especial (SEP).

¿Cómo puedes aplicar al Seguro de Salud y a la Asistencia Financiera para Cobertura de North Texas Healthcare?

  • Equipo de Elegibilidad de Los Barrios Unidos – Condado de Dallas
  • Servicios de Salud del Norte de Texas – Condados de Collin y Denton

¿Estas organizaciones pueden suministrar recursos adicionales y soporte financiero?

Los Residentes del Condado de Dallas pueden recibir asistencia financiera, recursos y asistencia para emergencia adicional a través del Community Council de Greater Dallas. Contáctalos en o llamando al (214) 871-5065.


Sobre El North Texas Healthcare Coverage Collaborative

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD), Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council y Dallas County Enroll North Texas ACA Coalition se han asociado para lanzar el North Texas Healthcare Coverage Collaborative (NTHCC), una alianza formada para tratar el tema del creciente número de habitantes del norte de Texas que están sin seguro médico como resultado de la COVID-19, proporcionando asistencia financiera para mantener el cubrimiento del seguro médico.

Communities Foundation of Texas’ W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund, Medical City Healthcare y Methodist Health System generosamente han contribuido los fondos iniciales para esta iniciativa con $200,000, $100,000 y $25,000 respectivamente.

Preparación Gratis Para el Mundo Digital

Tu programa gratis incluye:

  • 8 semanas de entrenamiento en computador (2 horas por semana)
  • Asistencia para encontrar trabajos que se ajusten a ti
  • Transporte gratis (pases de DART disponibles)

El entrenamiento cubre principios básicos de Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint y Outlook. Aprenderás a estar seguro en línea y a proteger tu información personal, además de configurar un correo electrónico y un buzón de voz. También se le proporcionará un asesor laboral para ayudarlo a encontrar un trabajo nuevo o mejor.

Tendrás un equipo de apoyo que te ayudará a completar tu entrenamiento. ¡Y como incentivo adicional, recibirás tarjetas de regalo para tus tiendas favoritas cuando completes el programa!

Quién puede participar: Personas que buscan empleo o mejores trabajos. No se requiere experiencia previa en informática. ¡Clases para hispanohablantes disponibles!
Cuándo: Los entrenamientos serán los sábados y otros días de la semana.
Dónde: Cerca a Fair Park. La ubicación exacta será compartida cuando te registres.

¡Regístrate Gratis Ya Mismo!

Completa el siguiente formulario o llama al 972-433-6120 para reservar tu espacio hoy mismo. ¡Los cupos son limitados!


Texas Instruments Foundation Donates $5 Million to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has announced a $5 million grant from the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation for immediate and long-term needs in education, income and health outcomes in North Texas. Funds will be used either directly or indirectly to support the organization’s COVID-19 relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts, and brings the total raised to more than $11.6 million.

“During these unprecedented times, our greatest assets are each other,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “We are incredibly grateful for the leadership and generosity of our valued long-time partner, TI. We share the belief that this crisis can be a defining moment of solidarity. This monumental gift ensures that together, we will continue to put opportunity in the hands of North Texans when they need it most.”

“United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a powerhouse, frontline leader in using its network, know-how and resources to address the most critical needs of North Texas,” said Andy Smith, Executive Director of the TI Foundation. “The current unprecedented public health crisis is no different for Jennifer and her team, and we know that with the help of this gift, they will tackle near-term service gaps while planning for long-term recovery.”

“At TI, one of our long-standing ambitions is to be a company you’d be proud to be a part of, and one you’d be proud to have as a neighbor,” Smith added. “We are committed to supporting our communities and hope this gift will serve as a catalyst for continued generosity throughout our area.”

The TI Foundation donation supports both urgent community needs and growing long-term challenges, as North Texans face uncertainty like never before. Quickly analyzing the most critical needs, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has already deployed more than $2.9 million in resources to 216 community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations impacting nearly one million lives, including health care workers and first responders. While many of the initial grants address needs of access to food, shelter, healthcare and response to job and income loss, several also meet immediate educational and emotional needs of children and adults across North Texas.

As federal funding from the CARES Act and public resources at the city and county level begin to flow into these areas, United Way funding will shift to support longer-term recovery efforts to continue its focus on improvements in education, income, and health outcomes.

The TI Foundation gift announcement comes in anticipation of the extraordinary North Texas Giving Tuesday Now philanthropic effort slated for Tuesday, May 5th. A partnership between the Dallas Cowboys, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Communities Foundation of Texas, the online effort will bring the global Giving Tuesday movement to Dallas-Fort Worth to raise funds for those most adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19.

United Way Gets Dallas Students and Teachers Ready for Successful Start with ‘Stock the School’ Event

(DALLAS) – Getting ready for school can be costly for both teachers and students. United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Stock the School event, presented by Mr. Cooper, bridges the opportunity gap, setting both students and teachers up for a successful school year. Volunteers will collect and stock essential learning supplies for 20 classrooms at Dallas Independent School District’s Cedar Crest Elementary School on Saturday, August 10. Volunteers will also work to provide a facelift to facilities, creating a fresh and revitalized learning environment for young students.

United Way volunteers will stuff dozens of classroom kits with much-needed supplies, including composition notebooks, folders, markers and pencils, before the campus’s official first day of school on August 19. In addition to sorting donated supplies, more than 100 volunteers will work to revitalize areas of the school to create a re-energized, positive learning environment. Projects will include remodeling teacher workspaces, painting and cleaning shared spaces, and assembling and installing updated educational décor. The event, supported by Mr. Cooper and TXU Energy, aims to ensure students and teachers walk into the classroom confident, empowered and prepared from day one.

“We are especially proud to support United Way’s work to help North Texas teachers and students get excited and ready for a successful school year,” said Francis Lobo, Chief Business and Product Officer at Mr. Cooper. “We want to equip and empower students early on by providing essential supplies to make them feel confident both academically and socially laying the foundation for a bright future.”

A recent national survey by Deloitte estimates the average back-to-school spend per household is $519. The latest Huntington Backpack Index shows the cost of school supplies has nearly doubled during the last decade. Rising costs can create financial challenges for hardworking parents of school-aged children. United Way’s initiative helps fill the gap, relieving the budget pinch for financially-strapped families.

“Together, we can ease financial stress for students, allowing them to focus on learning and starting strong on the path toward academic achievement,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “United Way is committed to putting opportunity in the hands of North Texans, ensuring all students can thrive and succeed.”

United Way leads the charge to improve education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity. The Stock the School event is part of United Way’s effort to bring the best people, ideas and projects together to achieve lasting results right here at home. To learn more about United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and how to give and get involved, visit