All speakers emphasized the power of unity, of collaborating and working together, as we Aspire United, Live United. Jennifer Sampson said that when we “Lead United, we launch an unstoppable force” for achieving positive outcomes in education, income, health and racial equity for all North Texans.
In introductory remarks, AT&T’s Mike Peterson said, “These goals reflect almost two years of research, discussions and planning with community and civic partners throughout the region. So, they’re not just United Way’s goals. They’re our goals—the community’s goals.”
Mayor Eric Johnson said, “It’s fitting that this event is about transformation. … We are especially fortunate to have strong civic and community partners that are helping to build a brighter and more equitable future in Dallas,” Johnson said. “The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is one of those organizations,” he said. “United Way serves as a critical connecting point for civic groups, corporations and nonprofits.”
One plus one equals lasting change
Sampson began her remarks with, “At United Way, we like to say that one plus one equals far more than two. What it means is that when we act together toward a common goal, we can make a far greater impact than if we act alone. That’s the power of working united.
“We have a vision for change” for North Texas, she said, and that is: “Every North Texan, regardless of race or ZIP code, has the opportunity and access to reach their full potential.”
To achieve these community goals, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will focus on three key levers to drive progressover the next 10 years:
- Education: Increase by 50 percent the number of students reading on grade level by third grade.
- Income: Increase by 20 percent the number of North Texas young adults who earn a living wage, adding nearly $800 million in wages per year to the local economy.
- Health: Increase to 96 percent the number of North Texans with access to affordable health care insurance.
These building blocks are not only interconnected but interdependent, Sampson noted. And when we tackle the root causes of important issues, rather than the symptoms, we improve whole neighborhoods, communities and groups, she said.
Read more about the Aspire United 2030 goals and how they were developed in our executive summary report.
There’s no better time than now
AT&T’s Anne Chow said, “There’s no better time than now to work toward a stronger, healthier community. It’s up to us to get engaged together across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. We must Aspire to drive more progress.
“We believe that an even greater potential will be achieved for all North Texans with improved education, income and health—which are the fundamental building blocks of opportunity and therefore the keys to sustainable prosperity.”
From moment to movement
In closing remarks, Sampson said, “Today is the day when a moment becomes a movement. With the launch of our Aspire United 2030 goals, we’re committing to specific, measurable change that will reimagine North Texas a decade from now, and to building partnerships to make that vision a reality.”
In that vein, Sampson announced a new partnership with Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Regional Chamber and BCG to advance racial equity within Dallas. “BCG has made a $1 million commitment for the next three years to support United Way in this effort,” she said. “Our goal is to serve as an exemplar to other cities,” she said, “enabling them to replicate our work to build a more equitable America.”
Join the Live United movement and sign on to our Aspire United 2030 goals today!
This article was published on: Sep 15, 2020