Spring is the season that signifies fresh beginnings, ushering in an air of new opportunities.

Women of Tocqueville got a head start on the season of change with its Advocacy Week, held February 27 through March 5, when members visited city halls across the Metroplex to educate city of ficials about the work United Way is doing in their cities.

The visits also allowed Women of Tocqueville advocates to learn what the officials consider the most pressing local issues, and how United Way and Women of Tocqueville can make an impact in their communities.

For several Women of Tocqueville members, Advocacy Week provided a great opportunity to learn more about United Way and its funded programs.

“I’ve contributed to United Way for years and years along with my husband but through this experience, I really learned some detailed facts and figures about programs and specific things being done to improve lives in our community,” said Kay Lynn Brumbaugh of Andrews Kurth LLP. “That was a huge benefit.”

For her advocacy visits, Brumbaugh met with Plano Mayor Phil Dyer and Garland Mayor Roland Jones.

“Both mayors were very familiar with United Way and what we’re doing,” she said. “The mayors were very willing to aide us in our efforts to get our message to their constituents.”

For one of her visits, Cyndy Malone of AT&T was able to explain to Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend the United Way allocations process, driven by volunteers who collectively spend more than 17,000 hours selecting the programs that best align with United Way’s focus areas of Education, Income and Health.

“I was able to meet elected officials in a situation that I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do,” she said. “It was very worthwhile.”

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