Amarillo & Canyon, TX

2019 Annual Report

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We fight for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of every person in our community.

A Letter From Your President

 

David Hudson

Board President
United Way of Amarillo & Canyon

Dear Friends and Supporters,

A review of the work of your United Way without a mention of the word “pandemic” is pretty hard to do. Our world changed virtually overnight toward the end of our most recent fiscal year when we realized an illness that seemed like a distant threat had the power to disrupt every aspect of our daily lives.

But what power do we have over a pandemic? As it turns out, plenty. We’re much stronger than we first imagined, and United Way of Amarillo & Canyon has proven once again that strength in numbers along with a common purpose is still best resistance against adversity. 

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon has been building our community since 1924. We’ve provided a united front against the Great Depression, a world war, economic downturns and everything else that has threatened to undo us. We have to remember that these upheavals were temporary, but the struggles of poverty, illness and hopelessness are ongoing, and we must never let down our guard. 

In this 2019-2020 report you will see that, in spite of unplanned challenges, we increased grant support by almost 40% over the previous fiscal year. That’s an incredible statistic. The funds raised by businesses and individuals in our communities provided support to 18 agencies and four new programs including the 2-1-1 Specific Aid program to fill gaps in local services.

And we met the pandemic head on toward the end of our fiscal year with a new Emergency Relief Fund to raise community dollars above and beyond our annual campaign goal that are allocated to local 501(c)3 nonprofit agencies directly serving individuals affected by the pandemic. This fund continues to grow and will have a deep impact well into the future. The good it can do will far outlast the pandemic.

These are just a few highlights of what has transpired since our last annual report. Please take a moment to review our work to see the full picture of what the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon is doing – a stewardship of blessings that reflects the giving spirit and determination of our many donors. And please continue to support the mission of United Way through your giving, keeping in mind that no gift is insignificant when we all give together. 

Sincerely,

David Hudson, Board President

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Our Team

Board Of Directors
Leadership Donors
Loaned Executives
Council Members
youth Leadership

2019-2020

Board of Directors

Executive Board

David Hudson, President
Jim Bryan, President Elect/VP of Financial Accountability
Dean Frigo, Treasurer
Steve Stockton, Secretary
Mary Coyne, VP of Marketing and Communications
Brenda Alward, VP of Financial Accountability
Billy May, VP of Community Impact
Cody Jones, VP of Governance and Strategic Planning
Dane Williams, Campaign Co-Chair
Brandy Sanchez, Campaign Co-Chair
Joseph Peterson, Young Professionals United Chair
Judy Day, VP of Community Impact
Sherrie Padilla, VP of Nominating

Governing Board

Andy Marshall
Bowden E. Jones, Jr.
Dr. Brad Johnson
Dr. Darryl Flusche
David Bradley
David Ogle
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart
Chief Ed Drain
Ernesto Sanchez
Jeremy Pepper
John Luciano
Julie Hulsey
Kyle Ingham
Leslie Massey
Marcus Norris
Megan Reed
Mercy Murguia
Michael Gonzales
Michelle Reichert
Mike Good
Mubashir Subhani
Patti McKnight
Steve Bowen
Teresa Prock

Management Staff

Katie Noffsker, Executive Director
Belinda Crelia-Palacios, Sr. Director of Community Impact
Adam Leathers, Sr. Director of Community Impact (started 1/22/2020)
Amy Montoya, Finance Director
Kasey Long, Major Gifts Officer
Jason McCoy, Resource Development Director
Kelly Stephens, Director of 2-1-1 Texas Panhandle
Honnah Taylor, Marketing & Communication Director

Leadership Donors

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Loaned Executives

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FIRST NAME
LAST NAME
COMPANY

Steven

Abrahamson

Xcel Energy

America

Adame

Amarillo College

Tracie

Adams

Gallagher

William

Bailey

FirstCapital Bank 

Kim

Banner

City of Canyon

Elaina

Burkhalter

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon

RaLynda

Christie

Valero Payment Service Center

Tracy

Cooper

ASARCO

Tim

Cox

Street Toyota

Curtis

Crump

Amarillo ISD

Katie

Culwell

Amarillo ISD

Adrian

Deleon

United Supermarkets

Ryan

Escalon

Street Toyota

Annabelle

Estrada

Amarillo National Bank

Jason

Eugea

Bell 

Libby

Garcia

Amarillo National Bank

Jackie

Gavlik

Texas Tech SECC

Mariel

Goodgion

Xcel Energy

Brad

Griffin

Happy State Bank

Julianne

Guy

MCMC

Amanda

Hedtke

Bell

Callie

Holton

KAMR Local 4 and Fox 14

Randalyn

Huyck

AISD

Rick

Keller

Country Chevrolet

Donna

Knight

City of Amarillo

Bonnie

Lasher

Community Volunteer

Tucker

Lee

Happy State Bank

April 

Leming

Amarillo ISD

Jarrod

Madden

Amarillo College

Pamela

Madden

Amarillo College

Destiny

Manhart

Leslie Massey Agency Farmers Insurance

Claudia

Martinez

Happy State Bank

Haley

Matlack

Street Toyota

Billy

May

English Rose 

Kelly

McDonald

FirstBank Southwest

KC

McNatt

United Supermarkets

Sindy

Monasmith

Street Volkswagen

Jason

Myers

Toot’n Totum

Katy

Parrish

Suddenlink

Perry

Perkins

BSA Health Systems

Andrea

Pfeifer

Amarillo ISD

Tricia

Plumley

BSA Health Systems

Joseph 

Pugh

United Supermarkets

Johnathan

Rejino

AutoInc

TJ

Reyna

CNS Pantex

Justin

Rocha

AutoInc

Kelsey

Sargent

City of Amarillo

Adam

Schaer

KB Recycling

Stephanie

Schumacher

Amarillo National Bank

Kelly 

Simpson

Amarillo ISD

Shawn

Smith

CNS Pantex

Karalee

Snyder

Xcel Energy

Sherry

Spells-Washington

TDCJ

Joni

Stone

Amarillo College

Charles

Thomas II

CNS Pantex

Blane

Thornton

McCartt & Associates

Tyler

Vance

First United Bank

Ronnie

Walker

Xcel Energy

Megan

Ward

WTAMU

Peter

Warrick

Atmos Energy

Wacey

Williams

AutoInc

Cindi

Wynia

City of Amarillo

Council Members

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Youth Leadership


The United Way of Amarillo & Canyon Youth Leadership Cabinet (YLC) is designed to enhance the United Way mission by replicating the United Way general campaign at the high school level. The 2019-2020 YLC is comprised of about 85 students representing nine 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 2019. Youth Day was attended by over 800 students from 22 area middle schools and high schools and acted as the catalyst for a successful youth-led campaign. After Youth Day the YLC is tasked with raising awareness at their schools for the needs in the community, enhancing their knowledge of the community programs supported by United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, raising funds at their schools, and then allocating those funds to United Way partner agencies servicing the most critical areas of need. The funds raised through the Youth Campaign are donated entirely by students from grades K-12 at campuses all across our community. This year, 19 applications from 14 agencies were submitted to request project-specific funding. YLC students conducted program site visits, evaluated applications, and diligently made funding decisions for the money raised. 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.

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The 2019-20 Youth Leadership Cabinet and youth philanthropy programs raised $57,000.00

2-1-1 Specific Aid – $3,000.00
Boy Scouts of America: Scoutreach – $3,000.00
Buckner: safety project- $3,000.00
Buckner: FYi Emergency Needs – $3,000.00
Catholic Charities: Hunger Project – $3,000.00
Coalition of Health Services: Nurse Family Partnerships – $3,000.00
Epilepsy Foundation: Art & Education Program – $3,000.00
Epilepsy Foundation: Camp Scholarships – $3,000.00
Family Care Foundation: Dental Assistance – $3,000.00
Family Support Services: Project Hopes – $3,000.00
Girl Scouts of Texas: Equestrian Program – $3,000.00
Maverick Boys & Girls Club: Education Centers – $3,000.00
Maverick Boys & Girls Club: Robotics – $3,000.00
Area Agency on Aging: FoodNet – $3,000.00
Red Cross: Disaster Services – $3,000.00
Red Cross: Home Fire Campaign – $3,000.00
Salvation Army: Homeless Women Supplies – $3,000.00
Wesley Community Center: Senior Citizens Center – $3,000.00
Wesley Community Center: Child-Care Program – $3,000.00

Youth Leadership Cabinet Adult Volunteers:

Sheila Roach, Julio Salazar, & Steve Stockton

Youth Leadership Teacher Sponsors:

Janna Fink, Randal HS,
Kacie McDaniel, Palo Duro HS
Katy Fletcher, Bushland HS
Katye Barglsey, Amarillo HS
Linda Wilson, Caprock HS
Rachel Freeman, River Road HS
Rala Underwood, Highland Park HS
Tyler Pamplin, Tascosa HS
Kimberly Sharber, Canyon HS

Schools who raised funds for Youth Leadership Cabinet: 2019-2020

River Road ISD – All Levels
Highland Park ISD- All Levels
Bushland ISD- All Levels
Tascosa High School
Amarillo High School
Palo Duro High School
Caprock High School
Canyon High School
Randall High School
Whittier Elementary
Horace Mann Middle School
Park Hills Elementary
Ridgecrest Middle School
Bowie Middle School
Bowie 6th Elementary
Avondale Elementary
Alice Landergin Elementary
Olsen Park Elementary
Coronado Elementary
Wolflin Elementary
South Lawn Elementary
Austin Middle School
Puckett Elementary
Bonham Elementary
Emerson Middle School
Oak Dale Elementary
Pleasant Valley Elementary
Paramount Terrace Elementary
South Georgia Elementary
Lamar Elementary
San Jacinto Elementary
Lawndale Elementary
Hamlet Elementary
Mesa Verde Elementary
Travis Middle School
Wills Elementary
Bivins Elementary
Carver Middle School
Woodlands Elementary
Johnny N. Allen Middle School
Tradewind Elementary
Travis 6th Grade
Canyon Jr. High
Gene Howe Elementary
Lakeview Elementary
Greenways Elementary
Hillside Elementary

Who We Are

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We work every day to achieve our mission by focusing on the three core building blocks of a strong and healthy community: Education, Health and Income


Our Mission

Day of Caring
Corporate Donors
Allocations
Victory Celebration
2-1-1 Texas
Financials

Day of Caring

On Friday, April 12, 2019, 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!

2019 Sponsors

Amarillo College $5,000.00
Xcel Energy $5,000.00
CNS Pantex $2,000.00
Street VW $500.00
Wells Fargo $500.00
Bank of America $450.00
Amarillo National Bank $250.00
FirstBank Southwest $250.00
KAMR $250.00
Texas Panhandle Charities $250.00

Total $14,450.00

Agencies
Volunteers
Projects
Hours
Dollars Saved

Corporate Leadership Donors

100k-249,999

La Société Nationale

Xcel Energy
Amarillo National Bank

50k-99,999

Ordre de Fraternité

CNS Pantex
United Supermarkets

25k-49,999

Ordre de Liberté

Valero Services Inc.
Duke Electric
Caviness Beef Packers
Budweiser Distributing
Bell

10k-24,999

Membres de la Société

Zachry Group
FirstCapital Bank of Texas
Happy State Bank
NuStar Energy
Amarillo Business Foundation
AutoInc.
CSI Meridian Division
Bank of America
Toot’n Totum Food Stores
Valero Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation

7,500-9,999

Platinum

Baptist Community Services
Underwood Law Firm

5,000-7,499

Gold

Cenex Harvest States
Progress Rail Car Services
First United Bank
Josephine Anderson Charitable Trust
Missouri Valley
The English Rose
United Supermarkets Foundation

2,500-4,999

Silver

UPS
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Herring Bank
Process Solutions Integration LLC
ONEOK Westex Transmission
Border States Electric
Oeschger Family Foundation
Rabern Rentals

1,000-2,499

Bronze

Johnson & Sheldon, P.C./ProPay
Eaton Cooper-Crouse Hinds, Inc.
Dillard’s
Betenbough Homes
MCMC, LLC
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
A & S General Contractors, Inc.
Choice Media
EnergyNet.com
FMC Services, LLC
Furman Land Surveyors
Mullin Hoard & Brown, L.L.P.
NewsChannel 10
Rex Young Allstate

Allocations

  • Education
  • Income
  • Health
  • Basic Needs
  • Poverty Prevention

Amarillo Wesley Community Center, Behind the Scenes Modeling Program- $21,600.00

Amarillo Wesley Community Center, Wesley Wrestling Club- $13,500.00

Boy Scouts, Golden Spread Council, Cub Scouts, Scoutreach, Venturing/COPE- $154,000.00

Buckner Children & Family Services, Transition Center- $18,000.00

Family Support Services, Education Programs- $85,000.00

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Girls at School- $71,000.00

Maverick Boys & Girls Clubs, Academic Success- $360,000.00

TOTAL EDUCATION ALLOCATIONS -$723,100.00

Children’s Learning Centers of Amarillo, Low Income Child Care $193,200.00

Family Support Services, Veterans Resource Center- $17,940.00

Goodwill of Northwest Texas, Job Training/Placement- $103,500.00

TOTAL INCOME ALLOCATIONS- $314,640.00

Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs (a program of Cenikor), Drug & Alcohol Recovery- $36,000.00

Amarillo Wesley Community Center, Senior Citizen Program- $15,000.00

COHS – Nurse Family Partnership- $10,000.00

Epilepsy Foundation West Texas, Epilepsy Clinic- $15,000.00

Family Support Services, Counseling- $87,000.00

Jan Werner Adult Day Care Center, Adult Day Care Program- $75,000.00

TOTAL HEALTH ALLOCATIONS- $238,000.00

American Red Cross, TX Panhandle, Disaster Services- $50,000.00

American Red Cross, TX Panhandle, Home Fire Campaign- $10,000.00

Catholic Charities of the TX Panhandle, InterFaith Hunger Project- $100,000.00

Family Care Foundation, Dental Assistance- $11,000.00

Family Support Services, Crisis Services/Domestic Violence- $45,000.00

Family Support Services, Crisis Services/Sexual Assault- $35,000.00

Guyon Saunders Resource Center, Community Day Room- $15,000.00

PRPC/Area Agency on Aging, FoodNet- $110,000.00

The Salvation Army, Emergency Shelter Services- $75,263.00

2-1-1 Specific Aid- $68,176.00

TOTAL BASIC NEEDS ALLOCATIONS- $519,439.00

AISD, Padres Colaboradores Leadership Program- $22,000.00

Family Support Services, STI & Unplanned Pregnancy Initiative- $58,500.00

Living Intentionally Ministries, Set for Success GED Adult Education GED Program- $69,325.44

Total Poverty Prevention Allocations- $149,825.44*

*Funding separate from allocated dollars.

Total Allocations

$1,795,179.00

Victory Celebration

Here are some awards to celebrate the accomplishments of donors and volunteers from our 2019/2020 fundraising campaign.

Community Champion

Winners:

Owens Corning
Amarillo Gear

Rookie of the Year

Winners:

William Bailey

Summit Award

Winners:

NuStar Energy

Loaned Executive of the Year

Winners:

Adam Schaer, KB Recycling

Spirit of the High Plains Award

Winners:

Amarillo National Bank
Street Toyota
Caviness Beef Packers

Newcomer Award

Winners:

Country Auto Group

Exceptional Achievement Award

Winners:

Wells Fargo

Assistant Team Leader of the Year

Winners:

Stephanie Schumacher, Amarillo National Bank

Team Leader of the Year

Winners:

Ryan Escalon, Street Auto Group

Excellence in
Community Impact

Winners:

Bobbie Austin

Excellence in
Community Outreach

Winners:

Terry Price, Xcel Energy

President’s Significant Achievement Award

Winners:

Joseph Peterson, Jr. Edward Jones

Sybil B. Harrington Leadership Award

Winners:

Amarillo National Bank

Volunteer of
the Year

Winners:

Jim Bryan, Happy State Bank

Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year

Winners:

Megan Reed, Bell

Our Mission Continues

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Watch this video about two programs that strive to create an environment where positive self-worth can be realized and seek to maximize both individual potential and community empowerment.

2-1-1 Texas

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 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.  

See the Needs

Electric Service Payment Assistance (2,184, 15.8%)
Food Pantries (1,675, 12.1%)
Rent Payment Assistance (1,456, 10.5%)
Water Service Payment Assistance (506, 3.7%)
Area Agency on Aging (444, 3.2%)
Gas Service Payment Assistance (441, 3.1%)
Gas Money (351, 2.5%)
Low Income/Subsidize Private Rental Housing (341, 2.4%)
Prescription Expense Assistance (268, 1.9%)
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (238, 1.7%)
Other Needs (5,910, 43.8%)
Presenting Needs
Total Calls
Referrals

Community Youth Development

Community Youth Development (CYD) is a juvenile delinquency prevention program targeted to youth in neighborhoods within the 79107 zip code. Beginning in 1996 and funded by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Amarillo’s program was among the first eleven zip codes targeted statewide by the CYD program. Targeting is a measure of the high rate of violent juvenile crime and delinquency in a zip code area. CYD-funded programs are provided at no cost to youth participants who are residents of, or attend a school in the 79107 ZIP Code.

Additional statistics:
April 2019 – March 2020
Unduplicated Youth: 1,096
Total Units of Service: 11,291 Sessions
CYD Provider Agencies:
Amarillo College and Family Support Services

The Amarillo 79107 program has exceeded expectations and in 2019, 97.31% of the youth in the program did not become involved with the juvenile justice system. CYD is an example of community impact and the return on taxpayer and donor investments. CYD as prevention has been phenomenally successful and provided cost savings to taxpayers potentially in the millions of dollars. Keeping kids out of the juvenile justice system and on track toward productive lives as parents, neighbors, and citizens: PRICELESS.

CYD Provider Agencies:
Amarillo College and Family Support Services

Thank you for traveling with us through 2019!