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Every day across North Texas, United Way volunteers are working together to lift up our neighbors and make our community even better.

We mobilize North Texans to take action on the causes they care about through innovative volunteer opportunities, events, and campaigns. We are committed to creating a culture of volunteerism that creates meaningful change in our community.


Grow South, Grow Strong plans to increase student success by creating targeted volunteer engagement projects designed to build awareness, help remove barriers, leverage resources and expand opportunities in southern Dallas.

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The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas community impact series, Unite for Change presented by Texas Instruments, features seven community impact projects focused on education, financial stability and health. Every day across North Texas, United Way volunteers are working together to lift up our neighbors and make our community the very best place to live, work, and raise our families.  Together, we are on a mission to change lives forever in North Texas.

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There are many volunteer opportunities that span our different impact areas.
Take a look at the calendar of upcoming projects – we’d love to have you join us!



The 2015 J. Erik Jonsson Award winner is United Way donor, mentor, advocate and former board member Chuck Gummer

J. Erik Jonsson Award

The prestigious J. Erik Jonsson Award, United Way’s highest volunteer honor, is named after the President and Co-Founder of Texas Instruments, who also served four terms as Mayor of Dallas and co-founded United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Joel T. Allison is the 2015 recipient of the J. Erik Jonsson Award, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ highest honor. A former chairman of the board of United Way, Mr. Allison has been a leader in both philanthropy and health care throughout his career and epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism that is the inspiring legacy of J. Erik Jonsson. Mr. Allison served on both the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet and the Tocqueville Cabinet in 2003 and on the Chairman’s Council in 2012. He is a longtime member of the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Tocqueville Society.

Mr. Allison’s career includes more than four decades in health care management. Since 2013 he has served as chief executive officer of Baylor Scott & White Health, a fully integrated health care system providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service.

UWMD also presents volunteer awards in other categories. Check out the other award winners