Kristy Faus is a long-standing member of Women of Tocqueville and the 2017-2018 Women of Tocqueville Chair.

My involvement with United Way began when I realized that many of the organizations I was already involved were supported by United Way. I began to look at other United Way programs and realized very quickly the impact that this organization is making. I have been introduced to some incredible people who started with a vision and were given the support needed to make a real difference in our community.

Why is it important for you to give back to your community?
I have always felt it important to give of my time, talent, and treasure. My first real experiences with giving back to my community were through my church’s outreach programs where I learned firsthand the difference even one person can make. As my courage grew so did my efforts and I began seeking out ways to challenge myself and help others. I wanted to grow as a person and follow whatever opportunity was opened to me even if I felt inadequate. Through the many volunteer opportunities I have had, I truly have been humbled by the personal development I have experienced. I believe giving back is an important part of our personal evolution and spiritual growth.

What is your dream for Dallas?
To be an example of a community that truly cares for and respects each of its people. With such a diverse population, we have incredible resources to make a real difference in the Dallas area and beyond. I would hope that as we understand the problems our citizens face, we continue to look for ways to give everyone the chance to be healthy, happy, and relevant in our society.

What is your most memorable volunteer or impact moment with United Way?
A couple of years ago, a member of my family was directly impacted by a United Way-supported organization. She credits this United Way-funded program with saving her life and giving her hope for a better tomorrow. In the years prior to this event, I was involved as a volunteer with this particular organization. I could never have imagined that one day my own family would be impacted in such a profound and personal way.