Vidya Ayyr is a Community Relations Specialist at Parkland Health & Hospital System

Why is it important for you to give back to your community?
We all know actions speak louder than words, so if you truly believe in a cause – you should take action and volunteer! Giving back shows your support and appreciation for your community.

What is your dream for Dallas?
I would love Dallas to be known as the “Service Leadership” capital of the world!

What is your most memorable volunteer or impact moment with United Way?
I am privileged to participate in the “It Takes a Village” coalition led by the United Way and several area partners, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Injury Prevention Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Children’s Medical Center, Upstream and Vision North Texas. ITAV works to “inspire long-term improvements in health, wellness and safety and promote economic development in the region by educating stakeholders about the importance of prevention, through presentations and community events.” ITAV is a wonderful volunteer opportunity that allows you to connect with other advocates, learn about new initiatives, and make a community wide impact.