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2017 Annual Report

Amarillo & Canyon

A Letter From Your President

David Hemphill

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 breathe 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.”

Thank you,

David Hemphill

Success Story

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.

Our Team


Board of Directors

Executive Board

-David Hemphill, President
-Mike Good, Immediate Past President
-Dean Frigo, Treasurer
-David Hudson, Secretary
-Jim Bryan,
Vice President Financial Accountability
-Mary Coyne,
Vice President Marketing & Communication
-Randy Criswell,
Incoming Board President (2018/2019)
-Dr. Michael Hooten, Vice President Community Services/GSRC
-Aaron Howerton,
Vice President Community Impact
-Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart,
Vice President Campaign
-Dr. Dana West,
Vice President Campaign

Governing Board

Dr. Amjad Abdullat
W. Ashley Allen
Brenda Alward
Louise Anderson
Lance Andrews
Mark Crawford
Barton Cromeens
Chief Ed Drain
Russ Duncan
Dr. Darryl Flusche
Julie L. Hulsey
Bowden E. Jones, Jr.
Steven S. Jones
John Luciano
Shannon Massey
Patti McKnight
Jeff Mitchell
Antonio Mora
Joe Morris
Mercy Murguia
Monica A. Musick
Marcus Norris
Teresa Prock
Michelle Reichert
Ernesto Sanchez
Betty Solis
Steve Stockton
Dr. Walter Wendler

Management Staff

-Katie Noffsker, Executive Director
-Belinda Crelia-Palacios,
Sr. Director of Community Impact
-Charla Hakimi,
Director of Administration & Training
-Muhsin Kazemipour, CPA, Finance Director
-Kasey Long, Major Gifts Officer
-Kelly Stephens,
Director of 2-1-1 Texas Panhandle
-Honnah Taylor,
Marketing & Communication Director
-Jeff Whitsell, Sr. Director of Resource Development Director

Leadership Donors

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Council Members

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Loaned Executives


First Name/Last Name Company
Steve Abrahamson Xcel Energy
Karina  Acevedo Street Toyota
Kim Banner City of Canyon
David Branscum Toot’n Totum
Seth Breeding Bell
Yolanda Castillo Happy State Bank
Bryan Chaffin First United Bank
Tracy Cooper ASARCO
Curtis Crump Amarillo ISD
Adrian Deleon United Supermarkets
Nicole Eminger CNS Pantex
Ryan  Escalon Street Toyota
Jason Fenton Underwood Law Firm
Jameson Findley Bank of America
Darla Fish CNS Pantex
Katie Fortner Amarillo National Bank
Blake Fulton Bell
Kimberley Gardner United Way of Amarillo & Canyon
Jackie  Gavlik TTUHSC
Trevor Guston Bell
Rodney Hess ASARCO
Brent Hoover Amarillo ISD
Storm Hughes  Street Toyota
Rick Keller Texas Dodge/AutoInc
Candice Kirkpatrick Hope & Healing Place
Joyce Knight Amarillo College
Bonnie Lasher Community Volunteer
Glenn Lavender City of Amarillo
Becky Lopez WTAMU
Jarrod Madden Amarillo College
Pam Madden Amarillo College
Salvador Martinez, Jr. All Star Dodge/AutoInc
Billy May The English Rose
Mark Mechenbier Xcel Energy
David Meraz Street Volkswagen
Chris Morris Happy State Bank
Shannon Mullins Atmos Energy
Mark Owens CNS Pantex
Sasha Palma Bell
Katy Parrish Suddenlink
Tyler Perdue United Supermarkets
Cindy Perez City of Amarillo
Perry Perkins BSA
Sadie Pitts Johnson & Sheldon
Alisha Platts Amarillo National Bank
Terry Price Xcel Energy
Chris Ramirez FirstBank Southwest
Megan Reed Bell
Adam Schaer W Silver Recycling
Sheila Seymore City of Canyon
Brian Shannon TriState Ford/AutoInc
Tracy Shea WTAMU
Sherry Spells-Washington TDCJ Clements
Darin Stollings NCW Insurance
Michael Sugden Amarillo College
Charles Thomas CNS Pantex
Brittany Trusty FirstCapital Bank
Elexi Vasquez Street Volkswagen
Chris Villegas Street Toyota
Ronnie Walker Xcel Energy
Eric Wallace Amarillo College
Jason West Happy State Bank
Stacy Yates City of Amarillo

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 2017-2018 YLC is comprised of about 70 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. 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, 11 applications from 8 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. At a press conference in April, 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.

Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs (ARAD)- Shelter Treatment Program 
Area Agency on Aging -Food Net 
Boys & Girls Club- Triple Play Basketball 
Boys & Girls Club- Triple Play Mind- Rolling Hills 
Golden Spread Council Boy Scouts of America -ScoutReach 
Catholic Charities- Inner Faith Hunger Project  
Epilepsy Foundation of West Texas- Art Program 
Girls Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains – Outdoor Program at Camp Kiwanis 
Amarillo Wesley Community Center – Senior Citizen Program 
Amarillo Wesley Community Center -Behind the Scenes Modeling and Mentor Program 

Day of Caring

On Friday, April 21, 2017, 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!


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Success Story

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.

Our Mission



La Société Nationale

Xcel Energy
Amarillo National Bank


Ordre de Fraternité

CNS Pantex Plant
Zachry Group


Ordre de Liberté

United Supermarkets, LLC, District
Valero Services, Inc. – Amarillo


Membres de la Société

Budweiser Distributing Co.
Caviness Beef Packers
Happy State Bank
Amarillo Business Foundation
First United Bank
FirstCapital Bank of Texas
Duke Electric Company, Inc.
NuStar Energy
Panhandle Unions
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Toot’n Totum Food Stores, LLC



CSI Meridian Division
Nationwide Insurance
Underwood Law Firm, P.C.



BNSF Railway Company
Cenex Harvest States
Walmart Stores
The English Rose Boutique



AT&T, Inc.
United Parcel Service
Amarillo Gear Company
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Oeschger Family Foundation
Street Auto Group



Johnson & Sheldon, PLLC/ProPay
Dillard’s Department Store
Access Community Credit Union
Betenbough Homes
Connor, McMillon, Mitchell, Shennum, PLLC
ONEOK Westex Transmission
Jack B. Kelley, Inc.
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
American Equipment & Trailer, Inc.
Bruckner Truck Sales, Inc.
Choice Media
FMC Services, LLC
Target Corporation # 221



Boys & Girls Clubs of Amarillo


Boy Scouts, Golden Spread Council, Cub Scouts, Scoutreach, Venturing/COPE Program


Buckner Children & Family Services, Fyi Center


Family Support Services, Education Programs


Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Girls at School


Wesley Community Center, Behind the Scenes Modeling Program


Wesley Community Center, Wesley Wrestling Club




Amarillo Adult Literacy Council, Adult Literacy


AISD, Set for Success Adult Education GED Program


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


Family Support Services, Veteran Resource Center


Goodwill of Northwest Texas, Job Training/Placement




Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs, Drug & Alcohol Recovery


Epilepsy Foundation West Texas, Epilepsy Clinic


Family Support Services, Counseling


Jan Werner Adult Day Care Center, Adult Day Care Program


Wesley Community Center, Senior Citizen Program


Salvation Army Case Management


COHS (COHS – Nurse Family Partnership)




American Red Cross, TX Panhandle, Disaster Services


Catholic Charities of the TX Panhandle, InterFaith Hunger Project


Family Support Services, Crisis Services/Family Violence


Family Support Services, Crisis Services/Sexual Assault


PRPC/Area Agency on Aging, FoodNet


The Salvation Army, Emergency Shelter Operations


The Salvation Army, Emergency Financial Services




AISD, Padres Colaboradores Leadership Program


Family Support Services, STI & Unplanned Pregnancy Initiative



*Funding separate from allocated dollars


Total Allocations


March 3, 2018

Victory Gala

This elegant event celebrated the accomplishments of donors and volunteers from the 2017-2018 annual fundraising campaign. The following awards were presented:

50 Plus Certificate

See the Winners

Accolade Home Health
Amarillo Air Conditioning
Amarillo Family Physicians
Baptist Community Services
Eli Lilly
Fairly Group
Jersey Mike’s
Palace Coffee
Street Volkswagen
United Way of Amarillo & Canyon

Read Award Description

This award is given to all companies that had a total giving of 50% or more over the previous year’s campaign.

Newcomer Award


Brown, Graham & Company

Read Award Description

This award is given to the company that exemplifies the United Way spirit by conducting the most successful new workplace campaign. Brown, Graham & Company employees raised $1,920 for the 2017-2018 United Way of Amarillo & Canyon campaign; the average gift per employee was $384.

Spirit of the High Plains Award



Read Award Description

This award is given to a company that has 50 or more employees and demonstrates a commitment to the United Way mission by the number of employee donors, average employee gift, total amount raised and percentage increase over their previous year’s campaign. Bell had a 76% increase in employee participation. Their average gift was $396.84 and their total campaign including, a corporate match, was $126,498, which was an increase of 40% over the 2016 campaign.

Exceptional Achievement Award


Amarillo Family Physicians

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This award is given to the company that represents the United Way spirit of excellence by conducting a workplace campaign that results in the highest percentage increase over the previous year’s campaign. Amarillo Family Physicians had an employee campaign that totaled a total of $3,957 and an increased by 414% over their 2016 campaign.

Summit Award


Street Volkswagon

Read Award Description

This award is given to a company with 50 or fewer employees and demonstrates a commitment to the United Way mission by the number of employee donors, average employee gift, total amount raised and percentage increase over their previous year’s campaign. Street Volkswagen had an increase of 52% employee participation, their average gift was $421.97 and their total campaign was $18,567, which was an increase of 54.47% over the 2016 campaign.

Loaned Executive of the Year


Elexi Vasquez, Street Auto Group

Read Award Description

This award is given to the loaned executive that demonstrates excellence and commitment to the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon’s mission by their participation in meetings and events, quality of their United Way presentations, willingness to go above and beyond their assignments and is an uplifting and positive team member.

Assistant Team Leader of the Year


Billy May, The English Rose

Read Award Description

This award is given to the assistant team leader that demonstrates excellence and commitment to the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon’s mission by their participation in meetings and events, ability to work well with the team leader, is an inspiration to their team, helps in developing their LE’s skills and working their assignments and is an uplifting and a positive team member.

Team Leader of the Year


Pam Madden, Amarillo College

Read Award Description

This award is given to the team leader that demonstrates excellence and commitment to the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon’s mission by their participation in meetings and events, inspiration to their team, help in developing their LE’s skills and working their assignments and is an uplifting and positive team member.

Excellence in
Community Impact


Cecil Glovier, PrimePro Business Solutions

Read Award Description

Cecil Glovier worked diligently for Happy State Bank, as a Senior Vice President for 25 years, and currently serves as President of PrimePro Business Solutions. Cecil is this year’s winner of the Excellence in Community Impact Award.

Cecil has been a committed Health Council member for United Way of Amarillo & Canyon for 8 years and in this past year also started serving on the Income council.

He and his wife, Deborah, have been married for over 41 years and have 2 children, Amanda and Caleb. His greatest and dearest love is his savior Jesus Christ and his family is his pride and joy. Cecil does everything with those as his focus. Both he and Deborah serve in the “4 Amarillo” Downtown Church Fellowship, offering assistance to the homeless, Martha’s Home, and paying utilities to those in need.  In the spring and summer he plants and tends a garden of enormous size, ¼ or more of an acre from which he gives fresh vegetables to the elderly at their church. 

Cecil has a servant’s heart and strives to share his blessings with those in need of a hand up. His steadfast participation, his zeal for the cause, and his guiding leadership has been stellar.

Thank you Cecil for all you continue to contribute to our community.

Excellence in
Community Outreach


Chris Villegas, Street Auto Group

Read Award Description

Elizabeth Andrews once said, “Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time they just have the heart.” This quote stands true for one outstanding volunteer, Chris Villegas.

Chris has served above and beyond as a loaned executive for United Way of Amarillo & Canyon for 3 years, serves on the Education Council, and over the last year and a half has stepped up as a member not only for a focus group for the newly launched Young Professionals Group, but also serves as Membership and Social Co-chair. He has been active in many other aspects of United Way as well, helping with the annual Kickoff Luncheon, Youth Leadership day, spending countless hours creating a video diary of our Loaned Executive Training, and slaving over a hot grill or stove cooking for various events.

Chris has given his heart and time representing the Street Auto Group in numerous capacities over the last several years. He loves the company he works for and because of it he has been able to help so many organizations outside of work. He has also had the opportunity to speak at conferences educating others on digital marketing in the auto dealership business, and with every endeavor he has made many connections and plugged into the community any way he can. Chris is always willing to help no matter the project or time of day. When he volunteers, he does it with heart and vigor. Along with United Way, he has a passion for organizations benefiting children, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Amarillo and The Hope and Healing Place. His true love is being able to utilize his video and social media skills to benefit these organizations.

It’s not just Chris that stands behind United Way, his entire family supports his volunteer endeavors. They are extremely proud of all he does within our community. Above all, Chris is proud to be teaching his sons what it means to have a giving heart.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to this organization and your community!

President’s Significant Achievement Award


Aaron Howerton, Mission Matters Group

Read Award Description

The award is given to Aaron Howerton.  Aaron is a young man who has the rare ability to both see the big picture and the detail, to see the problem and help develop and implement solutions.  As a former executive director for a partner non-profit agency, he brings a unique perspective to his role as a United Way of Amarillo & Canyon board member.  As an individual, his personal beliefs and passion about the need and ways to help and treat people are seen in his role in working with our Community Impact Councils that allocate funding to partner agencies.  His given talent as a leader and communicator are seen in his ability to inspire people through his involvement in Loaned Executive training and in helping to start and build the Young Professional’s United program.  While these are all reasons enough to be selected for this award, the most important reason is that Aaron is an individual who has a passion to see that all people have an opportunity to be successful, that all people are treated with dignity and respect and that the more success the individuals in our community have, the stronger and more successful our community will become.

Volunteer of
the Year


David Hemphill, Castleberry Group – Sonic

Read Award Description

This award is given to David Hemphill, CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of the Castleberry Group–Sonic Drive-Ins. He has a BBA from Texas Tech University-Rawls College of Business.

David began serving on the UWAC Board in April 2010, and continues to do so to this day. He also is an active member of the Guyon Saunders Resource Center Board of Directors and has been an asset in the financial and building plans for the GSRC organization.

David is competent, faithful, and dedicated, and has a high level of business acumen. He has the best interest of the community at heart, and you can tell by his involvement with United Way. He goes above and beyond to support our volunteers and our staff by attending almost all LE meetings, multiple Youth meetings, Young Professional gatherings, and countless UWAC events. David’s investment in volunteering produces many beneficial outcomes for the programs funded by United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, and honestly, is a light and an example of how we all can lead. Thank you, David, for truly living UNITED.

Sybil B. Harrington Leadership Award



Read Award Description

In the Texas Panhandle, the Harrington name is synonymous with philanthropy. Mrs. Sybil Buckingham Harrington was a generous, loving, volunteer, civic leader and philanthropist who was a longtime supporter of United Way of Amarillo & Canyon. Individual leadership giving ($1,000 or more per year) represents approximately one quarter of the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon campaign. Because of her dedication to our leadership program, the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon leadership society and leadership award both honor the Sybil B. Harrington name. The Sybil B. Harrington Leadership Award is given to the company that has the highest percentage increase in employee leadership givers over the previous year’s campaign. Bell had 232 leadership donors for 2017 which was an increase of 100 donors compared to the 2016 campaign.

2-1-1 Texas


Electric Service Payment Assistance – 2949 (8%)
Rent Payment Assistance – 1766 (4.78%)
Food Pantries – 1676 (4.53%)
Disaster Food Stamps – 683 (1.84%)
Gas Service Payment Assistance – 629 (1.70%)
Water Service Payment Assistance – 505 (1.36%)
Low Income/Subsidized Private Rental Housing – 458 (1.23%)
FEMA Disaster Assistance Online/Tele-Registration – 415 (1.12%)
Gas Money – 390 (1.05%)
Prescription Expense Assistance – 389 (1.05%)
Other Needs – 9948 (26.93%)


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.

Presenting Needs
Total Calls

Success Story

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.

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 Provider Agencies:

Amarillo College, Family Support Services and Martial Arts & Athletic Center

The Amarillo 79107 program has exceeded expectations and in 2017, not one youth in the program became 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-funded programs are provided at no cost to youth participants who are residents of, or attend a school in the 79107 ZIP Code.


Success Story

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.