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Author Archives: Melody

Families That Can’t Afford Summer

As more people call our Tarrant County community home, needs rise. While many people may be planning for the summer, others are bracing for a season of struggle. THINK ABOUT THIS: • Summer to some children is a time when they may not have access […]

Advocate, General, Give

KERNEL 2017 Gets Under Way

United Way is beginning the second year of KERNEL, its social innovation program designed to fund new and innovative programs that can make a lasting impact in the community in the areas of education, income and health. Last year, three organizations received awards totaling $35,000 […]

Events, General

Passing the Reins of Leadership

The reins of leadership change hands at United Way of Tarrant County at the end of June with the retirement of President and CEO Tim McKinney. He will be succeeded by Chief Operating Officer TD Smyers. Tim (shown at right in the photo) has been […]


Job Training’s Impact on Economic Development

Job training’s impact on local economic development was the topic of a June 15 Community Conversation held at Lena Pope and sponsored by United Way and its event partners JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, North Central Texas Council of Governments and Tarrant […]

Events, Income

Summer Reading Programs

It’s fun to head for the playground when school is out, but one slide to avoid is the “summer slide.” That’s the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. With […]


United Way Reshaping For The Future

Fort Worth, TX (June 7, 2017) – Currently, United Way of Tarrant County (UWTC) is experiencing a shortfall of more than $2 million in annual fundraising; the latest in a multi-year decline brought on by changes in the economy and within various industries. As a […]


Character Playbook Program Wins Prestigious Award

The NFL United Way Character Playbook® program has won a Gold Stevie® Award. The Stevie® is an industry award that recognizes accomplishments and contributions of companies and business people worldwide. Character Playbook™ is a digital, interactive, comic book-style curriculum that trains students how to cultivate […]

Arlington, Education, Events, NFL

Care for the Caregiver: Beth’s Story

“Each day, it seems I have to re-invent the best way to care for Mom,” said Beth, whose mother has Alzheimer’s Disease. But with the help of  some United Way-funded support programs for caregivers, Beth says she has “new hope and promise that Alzheimer’s Disease […]