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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.

Nearly 10,000 volunteers are currently supporting United Way’s efforts to achieve the community-wide 10-year goals to prepare at least 60% of high school graduates to succeed in education after high school, move 250,000 people out of poverty permanently, and improve the health and quality of life across North Texas. In 2013-2014, United Way volunteers engaged in the community in the following ways:

  • Approximately 7,000 volunteers participated in 250 “Days of Impact” projects, which included renovating community recreational facilities and school playgrounds, participating in fitness days, and building care packages for new mothers and families in shelters.
  • 160 volunteers helped United Way monitor its three-year investments through the Community Impact Fund.
  • 1,530 volunteers read to children at 15 different schools as part of United Way reading, tutoring, and mentoring opportunities.
  • 1,200 volunteers served on a United Way committee or taskforce to create community-level change.


The 2015 J. Erik Jonsson Award winner is United Way donor, mentor, advocate and former board chairman Joel T. Allison

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  

“It’s a whole bunch of people working together who make a big difference – everyone doing something small makes a huge impact.”
-Geoff Tucker, UWMD volunteer

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