Amarillo & Canyon

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


Randy Criswell

Board President
United Way of Amarillo & Canyon

The United Way of Amarillo & Canyon is dedicated to identifying and addressing certain needs in our community with our ultimate goal being to address and break the cycle of poverty that traps so many of us. Our targets are Education, Income, Health, and Basic Needs. If you think about it, poverty and each of those targets are always aligned in some way. Without proper Education, an adequate Income is unlikely. Without an adequate Income, it’s unlikely someone can provide for themselves or their families well enough to meet their Basic Needs and to manage their Health. It’s a puzzle that only results in a picture when all of the pieces are in place. Our goal is to make it possible for every person in our community to someday complete their own puzzle and escape the snare of poverty.  

How did we do last year? We did great!  Last year, we had an extremely successful campaign, and for that, we thank you, the Amarillo/Canyon community. Your generosity and our shared goals will make it possible to do even more, to help more, and to change greater numbers of lives. We even added four new programs and three new program providers: Living Intentionally Ministries, Family Care Foundation, and the Guyon Saunders Resource Center Day Room.  

A new strategic plan was approved last year. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will lead you there, right? Well, we know where we’re going; our path is clear. Our Board, volunteers and donors are all pulling in the same direction. Poverty is our enemy and we will continue to fight the battle.

One of our greatest accomplishments was to grow from a member organization of the Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance (PBHA) into becoming their fiscal sponsor. I personally believe this is one of the most important things we have done for our community. Behavioral Health issues are the root cause of so many of our societal problems, one of which is our primary target: poverty. This is a monumental accomplishment and I applaud our community for your support.

The Day of Caring on April 20, 2018 was a huge success. We had more volunteers than ever, a total of 375, who worked for a total of over 2600 hours on 25 different projects, resulting in an equivalent monetary impact of nearly $65,000! The list of accomplishments and victories could go on for pages, but we’re proud to say we’re meeting our goals, we’re hitting our targets, and with your continued help we will help even more people next year. Someone once said “Action is the antidote to despair”, and the UWAC is truly action personified.

We take on the biggest community issues at scale, and we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for your generosity. 


Our Team

Board Of Directors
Leadership Donors
Loaned Executives
Council Members
youth Leadership


Board of Directors

Executive Board

Randy Criswell, President
David Hemphill, Immediate Past President
Dean Frigo, Treasurer
David Hudson, Secretary/ Incoming Board President (2019/2020)
Jim Bryan, Vice President Financial Accountability
Mary Coyne, Vice President Marketing & Communication
Chief Ed Drain, Vice President Campaign
Mike Good, GSRC Liaison
Aaron Howerton, Vice President Community Impact
Dane Williams, Vice President Campaign

Governing Board

Amjad Abdullat, Ed.D.
Brenda Alward
Lance Andrews
David Bradley
Mark Crawford
Dr. Darryl Flusche
Robert Granfeldt
Julie Hulsey
Bowden Jones, Jr.
Cody Jones
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart
John Luciano
Shannon Massey
Patti McKnight
Mercy Murguia
Marcus Norris
Joseph Peterson, Jr.
Teresa Prock
Michelle Reichert
Ernesto Sanchez
Steve Stockton
Mubashir Subhani

Management Staff

Katie Noffsker, Executive Director
Belinda Crelia-Palacios, Sr. Director of Community Impact
Muhsin Kazemipour, CPA, Finance Director
Kasey Long, Major Gifts Officer
Jason McCoy, Director of 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


Steven Abrahamson Xcel Energy
Tracie Adams Gallagher
Madison Alewel NewsChannel 10
Stacy Armstrong Happy State Bank
Dana Bagot FirstBank Southwest
Kim Banner City of Canyon
Michael Blankenship Happy State Bank
Seth Breeding Bell
Elizabeth Brown City of Amarillo
Jessica Cardenas Amarillo ISD
RaLynda Christie Valero Payment Servie Center
Tracy Cooper ASARCO
Curtis Crump Amarillo ISD
Adrian Deleon United Supermarkets
Ryan Escalon Street Toyota
Jason Eugea Bell
Jason Fenton Underwood Law Firm
April Fowler Bell
Libby Garcia Amarillo National Bank
Kimberley Gardner United Way of Amarillo & Canyon
Josh Garza Happy State Bank
Jackie Gavlik Texas Tech SECC
Matthew Gonzales United Supermarkets
Michael Gonzales Atmos Energy
Melodie Graves Amarillo College
Alma Gutierrez Toot’n Totum
Brent Hoover Amarillo ISD
Randalyn Huyck Amarillo ISD
Connie Kelley United Way of Amarillo & Canyon
Joyce Knight Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle
Bonnie Lasher Community Volunteer (LE Co-Chair)
Tony Lawson City of Canyon
Jarrod Madden Amarillo College
Pamela Madden Amarillo College
Haley Matlack Street Toyota
Billy May English Rose
Mark Mechenbier Xcel Energy
David Meraz Street Volkswagen
Marilyn Miller BSA Health Systems
Sindy Monasmith Street Volkswagen
Sheryl Moran CNS Pantex
Mark Owens CNS Pantex
Tonie Paciorek AutoInc
Sherrie Padilla Bank of America
Katy Parrish Suddenlink
Angelina Perez KAMR Local 4 and Fox 14
Sabrina Perez Amarillo Economic Development Coorporation
Perry Perkins BSA Health Systems (LE Co-Chair)
Andrea Pfeifer Amarillo ISD
Alisha Platts Amarillo National Bank
Tricia Plumley BSA Health Systems
Michelle Reyna Street Toyota
Christina Ritter Amarillo ISD
Wesley Rivera Johnson & Sheldon
Sheila Roach City of Canyon
Julio Salazar Street Volkswagen
Adam Schaer KB Recycling
Stephanie Schumacher First United Bank
Brian Shannon AutoInc
Kelly Simpson Amarillo ISD
Donna Sims McCartt & Associates
Carmella Smith FirstCapital Bank
Emily Sonkar Street Toyota
Anthony Spanel City of Amarillo
Sherry Spells-Washington TDCJ Clements
Charles Thomas CNS Pantex
Blane Thornton McCartt & Associates
Kesley Ward Amarillo National Bank
Megan Ward West Texas A&M University
Jason West Happy State Bank
Courtney White 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 2018-2019 YLC is comprised of about 60 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.

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Amarillo Wesley Community Center – Counseling Services $3,637.84
Amarillo Wesley Community Center – Childcare Program  $3,373.50
Area Agency on Aging – FoodNET  $2,500.00
Cenikor – ARAD Shelter Treatment Program  $2,500.00
Coalition of Health Services – Nurse Family Partnerships  $2,500.00
Epilepsy Foundation – ART  $3,050.00
Epilepsy Foundation – Camp  $2,492.00
Family Support Services – Veterans Resource Center  $2,307.42
Girl Scouts – Equestrian Program  $2,500.00
Red Cross – Disaster Cycle Services  $3,000.00
Red Cross – Home Fire Campaign  $2,750.00

Total amount allocated

Schools who raised funds for Youth Leadership Cabinet:
River Road ISD –all levels
Highland Park ISD – all levels
Bushland ISD – all levels
Randall High School
Palo Duro High School
Amarillo High School
Caprock High School
Tascosa High School
Ridgecrest Elementary
Pleasant Valley Elementary
South Georgia Elementary
Eastridge Elementary
Oak Dale Elementary
Tradewind Elementary
Travis Middle School
Canyon Jr. High
Crockett Middle School
Bowie Middle School
Bonham Middle School
Fannin Middle School
Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School


Who We Are


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
Victory Celebration
2-1-1 Texas

Day of Caring

On Friday, April 20, 2018, 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!

Dollars Saved

Corporate Leadership Donors


La Société Nationale

Xcel Energy
Amarillo National Bank


Ordre de Fraternité

CNS Pantex
United Supermarkets


Ordre de Liberté

Valero Services Inc.
Duke Electric
Caviness Beef Packers
Budweiser Distributing


Membres de la Société

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



Baptist Community Services
Underwood Law Firm



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




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



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


Boy Scouts, Golden Spread Council, Cub Scouts, Scoutreach, Venturing/COPE Program $154,000.00
Buckner Children & Family Services, FYi 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 of Amarillo, Academic Success $360,000.00
Wesley Community Center, Behind the Scenes Modeling Program $21,600.00
Wesley Community Center, Wesley Wrestling Club $13,500.00

AISD, Set for Success Adult Education GED Program $10,000.00
Children’s Learning Centers of Amarillo, Low Income Child Care $193,200.00
Family Support Services, Veteran Resource Center $17,940.00
Goodwill of Northwest Texas, Job Training/Placement $103,500.00

Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs, Drug & Alcohol Recovery $24,150.00
COHS – Nurse Family Partnership $6,900.00
Epilepsy Foundation West Texas, Epilepsy Clinic $4,830.00
Family Support Services, Counseling $60,400.00
Jan Werner Adult Day Care Center, Adult Day Care Program $65,550.00
Wesley Community Center, Senior Citizen Program $8,970.00
Salvation Army Case Management $7,590.00

American Red Cross, TX Panhandle, Disaster Services $36,500.00
Catholic Charities of the TX Panhandle, InterFaith Hunger Project $71,000.00
Family Support Services, Crisis Services/Domestic Violence $33,000.00
Family Support Services, Crisis Services/Sexual Assault $24,500.00
PRPC/Area Agency on Aging, FoodNet $77,216.00
The Salvation Army, Emergency Shelter Operations $66,500.00
The Salvation Army, Emergency Financial Services $52,175.00

AISD, Padres Colaboradores Leadership Program $22,000.00
Family Support Services, STI & Unplanned Pregnancy Initiative $58,500.00
Total Poverty Prevention Allocations*


*Funding separate from allocated dollars


Total Allocations


March 9, 2019

Victory Celebration

This elegant event celebrated the accomplishments of donors and volunteers from the 2018- 2019 fundraising campaign. The following awards were presented:

50 Plus Certificate


Accolade Home Care
Atmos Energy
Bank of America
Baptist Community Services
Boy Scouts of America, Golden Spread Council
Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle
Caviness Beef Packers, LTD
Dillard’s Department Store
Duke Electric Company, Inc.
FirstBank Southwest
Family Medical Center Services
Herring Bank
Mr. Payroll
Neely, Craig & Walton, LLP
ONEOK WestTex Transmission
Street Volkswagen of Amarillo
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Toot’n Totum Car Care Center
Tyson Foods, Inc.

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


Embassy Suites

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This award is given to the partner company that exemplifies the United Way spirit by conducting the most successful new workplace campaign. Embassy Suites employees raised $4,253 for the 2018 United Way of Amarillo & Canyon Campaign. The average employee gift was $292.87.

Spirit of the High Plains Award


Tyson Foods Inc.

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This award is given to the partner 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 the previous year’s campaign. Tyson Foods, Inc. had a 24,909.20% increase in employee participation. 2,200 of their 4,189 employees, 52%, are employee donors. Tyson Foods, Inc. and its employees raised $128,344 which is an increase of 186.36% over last year.

Summit Award



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This award is given to the 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. ONEOK had 73% employee participation (54% increase over last year), the average gift was $207.00 (a 30% increase) and an overall campaign increase from $2,130 to $5,152, an increase of 142%.

Loaned Executive of the Year


Ryan Escalon, Street Toyota

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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.

Exceptional Achievement Award


Baptist Community Services

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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. Baptist Community Services had an employee campaign that totaled $46,479 which was an increase of 618.72% over the 2017 campaign.

Assistant Team Leader of the Year


Steve Abrahamson, Xcel Energy

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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


Billy May, English Rose

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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


Patti McKnight, Amarillo National Bank

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Patti is a lifelong area resident, one of the last babies to be born at the old Amarillo Air Force Base. She is the Vice President, at Amarillo National Bank, has been in the Operation’s area, including Lobby and Tellers since she started 30 years ago. Throughout the years her knowledge and willingness to support customer service has given great support bank wide. 

She currently serves on the board of the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon and also serves on both the Education Council and the Health Council for the United Way for the last several years. She volunteers for Snack Pak 4 Kids, Downtown Women’s Center, Financial Education in AISD and AACAL and has volunteered and served on numerous boards, school organizations, Boy Scouts, PTA, too many ANB internal and community service functions to list.

She is seen as a role model and mentor by everyone, family, friends, coworkers, and anyone who gets to know her. Everyone constantly comes to her for advice and counsel.

Excellence in
Community Outreach


Dane Williams, Valero Payment Service Center

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Dane has spent a great deal of time volunteering in the community and with United Way.

He has been a faithful donor to United Way for more than 40 years. As the Director for Valero’s Credit Card Center for over 25 years, he has been responsible for their local United Way campaign efforts and has serves on the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon board.  Additionally, he has served on the board of the Panhandle Children’s Foundation and is on the praise and worship team at his church. He plays in a band called The Prairie Dogs, which recorded an album with the proceeds benefiting the Eveline Rivers Project. The band has also been featured on Texas Country Reporter.

He is the definition of a true volunteer. He cheers you on and no matter what, attends every LE meeting and many of the community rallies. He literally tells you thank you for everything you do and is a champion for our LE’s and United Way. His involvement to our campaign has been with excitement and encouragement.  

He is a family man. According to his wife, he is a wonderful, fun loving husband and father who is very involved and hands on with the care of his children from the time they came into this world. He and his wife raised a son and a daughter to love the Lord and to give selflessly to help the less fortunate. Their 7 grandchildren are being taught the same, to try to make the world a better place and to help the less fortunate.

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

President’s Significant Achievement Award


Kasey Long, United Way of Amarillo & Canyon and Jason McCoy, United Way of Amarillo & Canyon

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Each year, the President of the Board gives a special award, the President’s Significant Achievement Award.  

We’ve had an amazing year. We set goals that even I personally thought were a little lofty, maybe even unrealistic. As you probably know, our campaign totals have been in a state of decline over the past handful of years. We wanted that trend to stop, and I secretly hoped we could just stop it, with only a little hope that we could actually reverse it.    

We had two amazing Campaign Co-Chairs, Chief Ed Drain of the Amarillo Police Department, and Dane Williams of Valero who set a campaign goal of $4 million. It was a huge goal but it was one that everyone adopted as their own and set out to succeed. Our Loaned Executives worked hard, our staff worked hard, and our Board worked hard. This year’s success was a true team effort.  

When we reviewed and critiqued the past few campaigns, we knew we had to change. There’s an old saying “insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results”. Nothing could be truer. We needed new ideas, more energy, imagination, innovation, and thrill. We needed to reinvent our campaign.  

There are two people who immediately came to my mind when I began to consider this award. These two people transformed our campaign. They approached this campaign with new ideas, energy, enthusiasm, excitement, and a fire in their bellies. If I understand right, they were pretty much allowed to do whatever they wanted to do, with the belief that lighting the right fuel could start a really big fire.  It did. They did. I’ve never seen anything like either of them, with their passion, their smiles, and their philosophy of “let’s try it” in how they approached this campaign.

Sybil B. Harrington Leadership Award


Duke Electric

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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. Due to 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 partner that has the highest percentage increase in employee leadership givers over the previous year’s campaign. Duke Electric Company, Inc. had increase in leadership donors by 266%. Their entire employee campaign had an increase of 138.36% over the 2017 campaign.

Volunteer of
the Year


Bonnie Lasher, Community Volunteer and Perry Perkins, BSA Health Systems

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This year we are honoring two individuals. The first recipient, Perry, has been involved with United Way since 2010.  He began working at BSA in August of 1992 as a paramedic. In 2002 he was promoted to Director. Primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of BSA Health System’s Ambulance Service, he is also responsible for the protection of BSA’s assets including buildings, equipment, supplies and vehicles. He has served as BSA’s only Loaned Executive from 2010-2018. In 2011 and 2012 he served as an Assistant Team Leader, in 2013 he became a Team Leader and in 2016 to the present he has been the Loaned Executive Co-Chair. He brings leadership skills and combines them with humor and dedication to inspire his fellow volunteers. 

Our second recipient, Bonnie, began serving with the United Way in 1993 as a Loaned Executive and Account Executive. She volunteered as Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader and most recently Loaned Executive Co-Chair for the past 2 years.  She has been awarded Team Leader of the Year in both 2010 and 2014. Having a heart for service to the Amarillo and Canyon community, she is also highly involved in her church St. Thomas as well as March of Dimes, Special Olympics, Amarillo ABA, and volunteers with CISD helping student perfect their interview skills.

She has been married to Steve for 34 years, has two children Ashley and Katie and two grandchildren. She is a dedicated volunteer to United Way and is a wonderful leader to the Loaned Executives.

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

Our Mission Continues


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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 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.


Electric Service Payment Assistance (2,260, 11.40%)
Food Pantries (1,469, 7.41%)
Rent Payment Assistance  (1,148, 5.79%)
Gas Service Payment Assistance (458, 2.31%)
Water Service Payment Assistance (418, 2.11%)
Gas Money (304, 1.53%)
Prescription Expense Assistance (295, 1.48%)
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (283, 1.42%)
Low Income Subsidized Housing (280, 1.41%)
Area Agency on Aging  (272, 1.37%)
Other Needs (12,621, 63.71%)

Presenting Needs


Total Calls




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 2018 – March 2019
Unduplicated Youth: 738
Total Units of Service: 13,843 Sessions

The Amarillo 79107 program has exceeded expectations and in 2018, 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 Provider Agencies:

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

UWAC Financials 2018

Thank you for traveling with us through 2018!