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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

READING OASES

United Way installed its 16th and 17th reading centers at Thornton Elementary and Amos Elementary in Arlington with underwriting from the Peters family.

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VITA YIELDS $13M IN REFUNDS

The “Super Saturday VITA Kickoff” started our most successful volunteer income tax assistance season ever, generating $13,397,268 in refunds for lower-income families.

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WILD ABOUT READING

About 1,500 children and parents filled the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to get 3,000 free books and listen to NBC 5 News Anchor Deborah Ferguson and other celebrities read stories.

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ECONOMIC SUMMIT

The 2016 Economic Summit looked at the future implications of today’s economy for non-profits. The annual event was sponsored by United Way of Tarrant County and the North Texas Community Foundation.

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COUNTY VS. CITY CHALLENGE

Tarrant County won bragging rights when County employees donated more money per capita to the United Way campaign than City of Fort Worth employees.

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OUT OF SCHOOL TIME REPORT

A new Out of School Time Report issued by United Way-Arlington provided a snapshot of where Arlington children spend their time when they are not in school. The publication was showcased at the 2016 United Way-Arlington Report to the Community Luncheon.

 

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WLC APPRECIATION EVENT

The United Way of Tarrant County Women’s Leadership Council is a powerful local network of women inspiring women to be role models of generosity, advocates for important causes and volunteers for change.

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TOP NONPROFIT CEO

United Way President and CEO Tim McKinney was named the 2016 Top Nonprofit CEO by the Fort Worth Business Press.

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BEY4UWAY VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Four Fort Worth parks never looked better after United Way volunteers picked up litter for the chance to win tickets to a Beyoncé concert.

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SYMPHONIC SALUTE

Tocqueville Society members enjoyed dinner and a private symphonic salute performance by the Fort    Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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MUSIC AWARDS FESTIVAL

We were the Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards Festival nonprofit partner. Volunteers handed out United Way koozies, coasters and information cards at concert venues.

 

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MYLES TURNER PARTNERS WITH UWTC

Bedford native and Indiana Pacers #33 Myles Turner partnered with United Way with plans to hold a basketball clinic benefitting United Way, appear in United Way ads and launch a youth volunteer program.

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PRE-LEGISLATIVE FORUM

Local legislators and advocates weighed in on what to expect when the 85th Texas Legislature convenes.

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FALL PREVENTION WEEK

A million older Texans fall every year, and Texas Fall Prevention Awareness Week reminded people that United Way and partners offer fall prevention classes that make up the state’s largest fall prevention effort.

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122,000 BOOKS AND COUNTING!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the book program we brought to Tarrant County, has provided more than 122,000 free books to area children since 2008! Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County provides funding.

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MYLES AHEAD VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE

Through a partnership with United Way, NBA player Myles Turner returned to his alma mater, Euless’ Trinity High School, to challenge students to volunteer in the community at least 10 hours a month.

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NFL CHARACTER PLAYBOOK™ LAUNCH

At Workman Junior High in Arlington, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and other Dallas Cowboys joined us in launching an online course that helps students develop character and healthy relationships.

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KERNEL LIVE! EVENT

After six organizations pitched creative solutions to social issues before judges and a live audience, three of them received grants totaling $35,000; the first awarded from our new KERNEL social innovation fund.

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UNITED WAY DOCU-SERIES ON OWN

“The Hero Effect,” a United Way Worldwide docu-series about ordinary individuals making extraordinary differences in their communities, premiered Nov. 12 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

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$3 MILLION MILESTONE

United Way and partners have now helped Tarrant County residents save more than $3 million on prescription medications, thanks to a partnership with FamilyWize and its free prescription savings card.

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