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Benton Clark Day & Other Honors Presented to United Way & Staff

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court recognized retiring United Way Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Benton Clark for 40 years of service to United Way and the community by proclaiming June 19 Benton Clark Day. Shown above are Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks, left, and Benton. Benton also received a certificate of recognition from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and congratulatory letters from Congressman Marc Veasey and Brian Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Worldwide.

They were the latest in a series of United Way honors. At the May United Way Board of Directors meeting, Tarrant County College-South Campus presented United Way with the Outstanding Community Partner Award. Representing TCC-South Campus were Dr. Peter Grant Jordan, President; Gladys J. Emerson, Vice President for Community and Industry Education; Larry Rideaux, Vice President for Student Development; and Nicole Minor, Director of Campus and Community Outreach. United Way partners with TCC to provide adult basic education, English as a Second language and GED opportunities for adults in the workplace and the community.

Other acknowledgements:

United Way’s Area Agency on Aging has been honored with the 2015 n4a (National Association of Area Agencies on Aging) Innovations Award for the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH II) program. There will be an award presentation during the n4a annual conference in Philadelphia July 11-15. The REACH program is part of United Way’s LIVE WELL health initiative. It teaches caregivers how to care for their loved ones and themselves.

The Tarrant County Veterans’ Court recognized United Way for its “outstanding contribution to the success of the Tarrant County Veterans’ Court program, which contributed to the successful rehabilitation of numerous veterans who have willingly served our country at great cost.”

The Fort Worth ISD honored United Way for its “commitment and partnership promoting student success.” As part of the LEARN WELL initiative, United Way and FWISD are partners in programs that help elementary students learn to read at the appropriate grade level and that inspire middle school students to stay in school and plan for college or a career.

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court declared April Financial Literacy Month in Tarrant County, acknowledging the key role financial education plays in helping people to have financial freedom, and the part played by United Way and other organizations in providing financial coaching and other educational services.

United Way was presented with the City of Fort Worth’s proclamation declaring April Financial Fitness DFW Month. The City of Fort Worth partners with the Financial Fitness DFW financial education campaign, which is led by United Way in Tarrant County.

Similarly, Dollar Wise Month was proclaimed in Arlington in April. The City of Arlington works hand-in-hand with United Way and others to promote financial stability through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. VITA staff and volunteers provide free tax preparation assistance to low-income families, along with access to purchase savings bonds and referrals to financial literacy classes and other training.