The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas community impact series, Unite for Change presented by Texas Instruments, features seven community impact projects focused on education, financial stability and health. In addition, two bus tours will provide networking opportunities for corporations and individuals while highlighting several United Way service providers. Every day across North Texas, United Way volunteers are working together to lift up our neighbors and make our community the very best place to live, work, and raise our families. Together, we are on a mission to change lives forever in North Texas.
For Oak Cliff Back To School Festival, August 15, 2015
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Dallas Park and Recreation partnered to host the “For Oak Cliff Back to School Festival,” sponsored by Texas Instruments. Over 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies by over 200 volunteers from United Way, Texas Instruments, Teach for America and the Oak Cliff community were given to Pre-K to 12th grade students. Media coverage included stories featured on WFAA Channel 8 and CW33.
STEM in the Schoolyard, October 19, 2015
Dallas Cowboys Legend Tony Dorsett teamed up with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Texas Instruments for a volunteer-led ‘STEM in the Schoolyard’ event, actively engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math education. More than 100 local fifth-graders experimented with hands-on activities, designed to inspire their imaginations and spark early interest in STEM careers. Media coverage included stories featured on WFAA Channel 8, CBS DFW Channel 11, CW33, with an estimated value of $140,000. The event gave students an opportunity to put their ideas to the test as they teamed up with engineers and technology experts from Texas Instruments to interact with robots, analyze soil and air samples and build tectonic plates using Play-Doh.
Fostering Financial Stability for Veterans, November 11, 2015
To bring awareness to the issues of home ownership and financial stability of our military heroes, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas partnered with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity to host a Unite for Change initiative on Veteran’s Day. Over the course of 10 build dates, volunteers from Texas Instruments, Energy Future Holdings and its family of companies including Luminant and TXU Energy, along with La Quinta Inns & Suites united to build a home for the family of a local veteran. Media coverage included stories and segments from DMagazine, The Dallas Morning News online and print editions, Fox 4 News, CW33, Park Cities BubbleLife and South Dallas BubbleLife, with an estimated value of $76,000.
Giving Back on #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2015
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas partnered with Texas Instruments volunteers on #GivingTuesday to deliver meals to hungry and home-bound North Texans. The December 1 event highlighted the issue of hunger and encouraged giving and volunteering over the holiday season. About 400 volunteers from TI delivered over 1,000 meals across Dallas and Collin Counties. Media coverage included stories and segments from The Dallas Morning News, WFAA Channel 8, CW33, Park Cities Bubble Life and Plano Profile, with an estimated value of more than $200,000. Click here to learn more about the experience of Melanie Sinclair, a Texas Instruments engineer, who volunteers her time every year for this effort.
College and Career Readiness Fair, January 13, 2016
Nearly 500 Dallas ISD high school students attended the Unite for Change College and Career Readiness Fair, presented by Texas Instruments in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. The fair brought together about 100 volunteers from United Way, Texas Instruments, Fluor Corporation, Ricker Retirement Specialists, Usher’s New Look Foundation and Chideo. Media coverage for the event included segments from NBC5, CBS 11, DMagazine, and CW33, with a value of more than $125,000. Trinidad Garza Early College High School junior Enrique Granados aspires to be the first person in his family to graduate from college. Click here to learn how the event helped him prepare for a successful college career.
Dr. Seuss Reading Day, March 2, 2016
Dallas Mavericks legend Rolando Blackman teamed up with volunteers and educators to celebrate “National Read Across America Day” on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. As a part of the Unite for Change community impact series presented by Texas Instruments, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas hosted the reading day for nearly 4,000 local students in classrooms and afterschool programs across North Texas. The effort united hundreds of community and corporate volunteers from Texas Instruments, Celanese Corporation and Central Market/H-E-B, along with children’s author Michelle Staubach Grimes. Sponsors also competed in a “Green Eggs and Ham” cook-off challenge for the students. Media coverage included stories from WFAA, KRLD, and Park Cities People.
Live! In The Park Health and Wellness Fair, April 9, 2016
As a part of the community impact series Unite for Change presented by Texas Instruments, in partnership with Cigna and Energy Future Holdings and its family of companies including Luminant and TXU Energy, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas hosted Live! In the Park, the perfect – and free – day in the park for the whole family! Activities for kids of every age were available at Klyde Warren Park, including easy ways for families to eat healthy and stay fit. Volunteers from United Way, Texas Instruments and several other corporations and service provider partners assembled care kits, distributed health-focused literature and led activities. The day culminated with a concert designed to bring families together for an evening of fun and relaxation, headlined by North Texas native Craig Wayne Boyd, Season 7 winner of NBC’s “The Voice!” Media coverage included segments featured on WFAA and CBS 11.