A Letter From Your President
Board President of United Way in Amarillo and Canyon
How do we determine the health of our community? How do we address and improve areas that are determined to be short of the desired goal? These are among the questions that the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon attempts to answer. Our dedicated staff works with twenty to thirty partner agencies, hundreds of dedicated community volunteers and thousands of individuals and businesses who donate time, money, materials and services to provide answers to these questions.
Our annual Community Impact Report provides consistent and detailed information that helps to identify the strengths and weaknesses in our Community. This helps the United Way and our partner agencies develop programs and services that address the needs and helps give the United Way Community Impact Council, which is comprised of community volunteers, direction on how to allocate campaign funds to help address the identified areas.
The goal of the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon is to help provide funding to programs that both meet the immediate basic needs of today, such as food, clothing and shelter, as well as to identify and provide health, education and financial stability programs that will help educate individuals in a way that will give them the tools to help them break the poverty cycle. I am very thankful for the leadership provided by our campaign co-chairs, Dr. Dana West and Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart. They live and breath the notion that our youth need to graduate with skills that will allow them to earn a living wage.
I am also very excited about our Ed, Work, Wed program that teaches the basic principal that if you make decisions to get your education, then work and then have a two-adult home prior to having children, you will almost eliminate the risk of living at or below the poverty line.
In many ways, the ability to improve our community depends on our ability to provide a hand up to those who wish to improve their life. The good news is that we have a significant amount of influence in this process and the result is one in which the individual(s) helped, and the community are both winners. While I thank you for your help, I must challenge you with the fact that we need to do more. If you are a United Way supporter, please consider increasing your investment and please consider encouraging your friends and co-workers to give. If you are not a current United Way supporter, please consider investing in your community by supporting the United Way.
In closing, I would like to share a quote from Max Lucado, “Want to snatch a day from the manacles of boredom? Do overgenerous deeds, acts beyond reimbursement. Kindness without compensation. Do a deed for which you cannot be repaid.”
Mrs. R’s daughter was given a choice. Quit her job to be a full time care giver for her mother, or continue to work and place her in a nursing home. Watch the video to learn about the programs we fund in Health.
A Letter from Your President
Mike Good, Board President of United Way in
Amarillo and Canyon.
A young childcare worker in Canyon. A father struggling to make ends meet in Amarillo. An aspiring student in your neighborhood. Each of these people deserves the opportunity to achieve their dreams and support their family. At United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, more than 93 years of experience teaches us that community-wide solutions offer the best chance of helping them succeed. That’s why we are fighting harder than ever for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in our area.
United Way goes beyond single-issue solutions and temporary fixes. Our investment in the community is broad; we provide support for low-cost child care so parents can work, afterschool care with academic support, health programs for seniors, mental health counseling, safety net services, and much more.
We work to address the systemic challenges that undermine opportunity for all, by mobilizing the best resources and forging unlikely partnerships. Through this network of partnerships, our volunteers can expeditiously assess where our money or influence should go. These relationships enhance our ability to put our resources where they will make the biggest impact- a little, plus a little, plus a little, is a lot.
In 2016, more than eleven thousand donors invested in the lives of over seventy four thousand individuals in Potter and Randall Counties. I am humbled to have served as Board President for an organization who sees first-hand the generosity of individuals and businesses in our area.
Excellence requires sacrifice, and I thank you for sacrificing your money, time and talents to support your neighbors through the United Way. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED. To all our partners, donors and volunteers, thank you for everything you do. We couldn’t do it without you and your dedication to our mission.
Board of Directors
Mike Good, President
David Hemphill, Treasurer
Jim Bryan, Vice-President Financial Accountability
Michael Hooten, Ed.D., Vice-President of Community Services/GSRC
Aaron Howerton, Vice-President Community Impact
David Hudson, Vice-President Campaign
Shannon Massey, Vice-President Campaign
Michelle Reichert, Vice-President Campaign
W. Ashley Allen
Carolyn A. Balzar
Julie L. Hulsey CLU
Bowden E. Jones, Jr.
Steven S. Jones
Russell Lowery-Hart, Ph.D.
Brent A. McClure
Monica A. Musick
Katie Noffsker, Executive Director
Susan Barros, Sr. Director, Community Impact
Jeff Gulde, Sr. Director, Finance
Honnah Taylor, Marketing and Communication Director
Jeff Whitsell, Sr. Director, Resource Development Director
VIEW LOANED EXECUTIVES
|Steve Abrahamson||Xcel Energy|
|Kim Banner||City of Canyon|
|Sarah Barnes||Bell Helicopter|
|Nathan Barrett||Xcel Energy|
|Chris Cantwell||CNS Pantex|
|Bryan Chaffin||First United Bank|
|Nicole Eminger||CNS Pantex|
|Chris Forbis||Randall County Sherriff’s Office|
|Matthew Gammon||Xcel Energy|
|Lance Green||FirstBank Southwest|
|Lewis Hassler||Atmos Energy|
|Kyle Haymes||Bell Helicopter|
|Brent Hoover||Amarillo Independent School District|
|Storm Hughes||Street Toyota|
|Rick Keller||Texas Dodge/AutoInc|
|Jeremy King||United Supermarkets|
|Lisa Kirkwood||Happy State Bank|
|Casey Lane||Bell Helicopter|
|Bonnie Lasher||FirstBank Southwest|
|Glenn Lavender||City of Amarillo|
|Pam Madden||Amarillo College|
|Gail Malacara||FirstBank Southwest|
|Billy May||The English Rose|
|Mark Mechenbier||Xcel Energy|
|Victoria Medley||City of Amarillo|
|David Meraz||Street Volkswagen|
|Tyler Perdue||United Supermarkets|
|Joseph Peterson||Edward Jones|
|Geoff Phemister||Happy State Bank|
|Sherry Philyaw||CNS Pantex|
|Terry Price||Xcel Energy|
|Damen Ratliff||City of Amarillo|
|Megan Reed||CNS Pantex|
|Adam Schaer||W Silver Recycling|
|Justin Schenk||Bell Helicopter|
|Sheila Seymore||City of Canyon|
|John Simikian||AutoInc Tri-State Ford|
|Reaghan Stevens||FirstCapital Bank|
|Jodie Striley||RPC CPAs + Consultants, LLP|
|Michael Sugden||Amarillo College|
|Charles Thomas||CNS Pantex|
|Jenna Tyler||Bell Helicopter|
|Blake Urton||Johnson & Sheldon|
|Elexi Vasquez||Street Volkswagen|
|Chris Villegas||Street Toyota|
|Ronnie Walker||Xcel Energy|
|Jason West||Herring Bank|
|Jarred Williams||FirstBank Southwest|
The 2016-2017 Youth Leadership Cabinet (YLC) is comprised of more than 80 students representing eight local high schools from five school districts. The YLC, along with numerous company and community volunteers, hosted United Way of Amarillo & Canyon’s annual Youth Day at the Civic Center in October. Youth Day was attended by over 800 students from 18 area middle schools and high schools and acted as the catalyst for a successful youth-led campaign. The funds raised through the Youth Campaign are donated entirely by students from grades K-12 at campuses all across our community. As members of the Youth Cabinet, the students allocate this money to United Way of Amarillo & Canyon’s partner agencies.
This year, 14 applications from 12 agencies were submitted to request project-specific funding. YLC students conducted program site visits, evaluated applications, and made funding decisions for the money raised. At a press conference in May, the YLC presented checks to each agency. United Way of Amarillo & Canyon is proud to partner with these young adults to help plant the seed of philanthropic principles to our future leaders.
VIEW YOUTH ALLOCATIONS
|Area Agency on Aging -Food Net||$2,500.00|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters||$2,500.00|
|Catholic Charities Inner Faith Hunger Project||$2,988.00|
|Epilepsy- Art Program||$2,500.00|
|Epilepsy Summer Camp||$2,500.00|
|Texas Tech-Reach Out & Read||$2,500.00|
|Wesely Senior Citizen Program||$2,500.00|
|Wesley -Behind the Scenes||$2,834.57|
Day of Caring
On Friday, April 22, 2016, hundreds of volunteers in our community came together to dedicate their time to making a difference. This incredible effort to serve our community represents a close partnership between United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, our nonprofit partners, community partners, sponsors and volunteers who stood up to make a difference. Great things happen when we Live United!
Our Mission in Action
Amy was shy and withdrawn when she first joined the after-school program. Watch the video to learn more about Amy and the programs we fund in Education.
Corporate Leadership Donors
La Société Nationale
Amarillo National Bank
Ordre de Fraternité
CNS Pantex Plant
United Supermarkets, LLC, District Office
Ordre de Liberté
Atmos Energy Corporation
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Budweiser Distributing Co.
Valero Services, Inc. – Amarillo
Membres de la Société
Affiliated Foods, Inc.
Amarillo Business Foundation
Amarillo Gear Company
Atmos Energy Customer Support Shared Services
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Caviness Beef Packers
Duke Electric Company, Inc.
First United Bank
Happy State Bank
Toot’n Totum – Vehicle Give-Away
FirstCapital Bank of Texas
Underwood Law Firm, P.C.
BNSF Railway Company
Duncan & Boyd Jewelers
Missouri Valley, Inc.
Progress Rail Car Services
The English Rose
Amarillo Floor Company
BHP Billiton Petroleum (New Ventures) Corporation
Border States Electric
Cenex Harvest States (CHS)
Cummins Southern Plains, Inc.
Savage Refinery & Power Solutions
United Parcel Service
Access Community Credit Union
ACE Group (Chubb)
Amarillo Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery LLC
American Equipment & Trailer, Inc.
Bruckner Truck Sales, Inc.
Cargill Animal Nutrition (Southwest Division)
Connor, McMillon, Mitchell, Shennum, PLLC
Dillard’s Department Store
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.
Graham Brothers Jewelers
Johnson & Sheldon, PLLC/ProPay
Mullin Hoard & Brown, L.L.P.
ONEOK Westex Transmission
Target Corporation #221
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Whitney Russell Printers
When Rachel lost her job, she was afraid she would no longer be able to afford child care. Watch the video to learn about the programs we fund in Income.
March 11, 2017
This elegant event celebrated the accomplishments of donors and volunteers from the 2015-2016 annual fundraising campaign. The following awards were presented:
United Way of Amarillo & Canyon provides comprehensive information and referral services to individuals and agencies in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle through the 2-1-1 Texas Information & Referral Network. Calls are answered by friendly, trained specialists with a database of community services at their fingertips. All information and referrals are free, confidential and aimed at connecting those who need help with the most appropriate resources available.
Kim* didn’t know she and her three children
could leave an abusive relationship after 15 years.
Watch the video to learn about the programs we fund in Basic Needs.
*Survivor’s name has been changed for her protection.