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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 2014 J. Erik Jonsson winner award recipient is United Way advocate, donor, mentor, and board member -- Roger Staubach

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.

Mr. Staubach is a United Way advocate, donor, mentor, and board member who has been vital to the success of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the North Texas community for over 40 years. Under Mr. Staubach’s co-leadership, the $25,000 Circle of the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Tocqueville Society has grown exponentially over the last two years. He is also an honorary chair of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 90th anniversary celebration, United Way’s longest-standing NFL supporter, a member of United Way of America’s Board of Governors, and the current national co-chair of the 40th Anniversary of the United Way-NFL partnership.

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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