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HISTORY, MISSION & VALUES

Our Vision

Tarrant County will be a place where children, individuals and families thrive, where neighbors care for each other and where people willingly share the responsibility of ensuring a safe and healthy community for all.

 

Our Mission

To improve lives across our diverse communities by:

  • Prioritizing needs in education, income and health
  • Forming innovative and effective partnerships with other organizations
  • Strategically raising and investing resources to make lasting change

 

Our Diversity Statement

United Way of Tarrant County values and seeks diversity by respecting the knowledge, abilities and experience of all individuals. Our commitment is to support an inclusive environment reflecting our United Way communities and accomplishing our mission.

 

Our Core Values

Our actions and decisions are founded on four core values:

  • Accountability/Results Orientation:
    We set measurable financial and program goals and hold ourselves accountable for results.
  • Compassion:
    We strive to understand community challenges and work with compassion to improve lives.
  • Integrity:
    We are committed to ethical principles and consistent performance that demonstrates honesty, trustworthiness and reliability.
  • Teamwork:
    United Way is a collaboration of people and organizations that brings together diverse strengths to achieve unified community objectives.

HISTORY / TIMELINE

 

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HISTORY

 

It started in 1922, when a group of Fort Worth’s community leaders gathered to consolidate the fundraising efforts of several local charities. Instead of competing for volunteer time and funding, they pooled their resources to create the Fort Worth Community Chest – the first Community Chest in the Southwest and forerunner of United Way of Tarrant County.

In the 1930’s, during the Great Depression, we funded unemployment relief and lunches for disadvantaged schoolchildren, and in World War II, distributed government flour and raised War Chest funds.

In the 1950’s, we consolidated again, folding into the Tarrant County United Fund. We started researching community needs more intensely, and developing new programs to meet those needs.

In 1962, joined with our planning body, the Community Council, to form the United Fund and Community Services, Inc.

We officially became United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County in 1973, to promote a common identity with similar organizations across the country.

We continued to grow, establishing United Way—Arlington in 1981, and United Way—Northeast, in 1986.

2005 – Present: Now known simply as United Way of Tarrant County, we continue to research the most urgent needs in Tarrant County and work with our partners to meet those needs. We have focused our efforts to build a stronger community through Education, Income and Health, which are the building blocks for a good, quality life.

 

United Way of Tarrant County Helped Established:

  • AIDS Outreach Center
  • Child Care Associates
  • Child Study Center
  • Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County
  • Dental Health for Arlington
  • HEB Transit
  • JPS Health Center—Northeast
  • Michael Wehrle Volunteer Dental Clinic
  • St. Vincent’s Vision Clinic
  • Tarrant County Housing Coalition
  • Tarrant Literacy Coalition
  • UTA Continuing Education and Workforce Development Center
  • The Women’s Center of Tarrant County