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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.

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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.


Charles L. Gummer is a longtime supporter of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, both as a donor and a volunteer. His service to United Way spans more than 40 years. He has held several volunteer roles, including Campaign Chair, Board Chair, and Capital Campaign Chair. As Capital Campaign Chair, he was instrumental in securing the funds for the United Way office building in the West End. Although retired from Comerica as its Chairman, he continues to provide tremendous executive support to the Comerica campaign, helping to lead a model campaign incorporating all of the United Way best practices, resulting in more than $4.8 million raised in the last 10 years. His leadership and legacy will be long lasting.

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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