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A Message on the New Year From Our CEO, Jennifer Sampson

January 5, 2022

In these first days of 2022, we have much to look forward to. Every new year presents a renewed opportunity to make North Texas a better place by challenging barriers in education, income and health, and advancing racial equity across the region. For supporters like you, 2022 brings countless ways to create lasting change right here in our community, exciting events, opportunities to reconnect in person and new initiatives that ensure our Live United movement makes a difference for more North Texans than ever before.

I invite you to be part of the change throughout the year; support programs that have a direct, measurable impact on our neighbors’ lives. Speak up for policy change in North Texas by advocating with us, starting at our Lunch with Legislators on Jan. 27. Volunteer your time to improve education on United Way Reading Day in March, when you can share the magic of books with young North Texans. Bolster education, income and health when you join us April 6 at The Pitch, our exhilarating social innovation competition where social entrepreneurs compete to fund their never-before-seen ideas for transforming our community. And soon after, we’ll mark the close of our $100 million endowment campaign—a goal we will achieve a full two years early thanks to our incredible supporters.

This is just a preview of what’s ahead. Stay tuned for more opportunities for change-seekers like yourself to do purposeful and truly inspiring work.

For me, it’s uplifting to know that 2022 is a chance to join together, united, to make progress on our community goals and ensure our region is the best place to live, work and raise families—for everyone. That progress will mean hard work. And it’s exactly the kind of work that United Way and our Live United movement are made for.

Happy New Year. Thank you for being part of our movement for change. With your passion and dedication, 2022 will be another incredible year as we create opportunity for all our neighbors to thrive.

Yours Gratefully,

Jennifer Sampson
McDermott-Templeton President and CEO


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