We had an opportunity to talk with Gary Henderson, President & CEO of United Way of Denton County. Fantastic Organization that deserves your attention and support.


Check out their story and once again, support them because they deserve it!





1. To begin with, can you briefly introduce your organization?

United Way of Denton County empowers neighbors to invest in one another to help the Denton County community thrive.


2. What is your organization’s main mission?
Working together, we identify needs, implement ideas, and improve lives.


3. In which ways have you contributed to the local community?
United Way of Denton County empowers donors, volunteers, businesses, governments, nonprofits, and community groups to invest in neighbors for a better Denton County community. By building strong, inclusive, trusting relationships throughout Denton County, we do the difficult task of making a system-wide impact. United Way of Denton County works to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable among us. We live UNITED to help children and families succeed, to guide and serve Veterans and their families, to advocate for overall mental health, and to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring.




4. What was the biggest challenge your organization had to face?
United Way of Denton County has certainly faced many challenges since entering the Denton County nonprofit landscape in the 1950’s. But, the current dramatic population growth presents our organization with its greatest challenge to date. It’s no secret Denton County (and neighboring Collin County) are the two fastest-growing counties in the nation. As the population soars, the challenges confronting our community escalate. We, along with our partners, must add capacity to serve the growing need — well beyond the 80,000 people helped last year! To build a better community in an evolving metroplex, we need an engaged board of directors, passionate volunteers, and caring and generous donors to step up to the challenge.


5. What do you perceive to be your biggest accomplishment?
United Way of Denton County published our first county-wide Community Needs Assessment study in 2012. In that study, mental health was identified as Denton County’s greatest unmet need. As an organization, we launched the first-ever collective impact initiative in Denton County to unite various community sectors in this critical and complex area with the support of donors, volunteers, public & private organizations and elected officials across the county. Today, newly-designed systems will change the sad reality that our county jail is the largest provider of mental health services in Denton County!


6. How would you like the members of the local community to get involved with your organization?
Community support is critical to our success in three ways: Give, Advocate, Volunteer. Give – United Way of Denton County works hard to improve lives thanks to donations from people like you. Every gift, large and small, is meaningful and important. Learn about different ways to Give at https://www.unitedwaydenton.org/give. Advocate – Add your voice to ours to make a difference in Denton County. Learn more at https://www.unitedwaydenton.org/advocate. Volunteer – Volunteers infuse expertise and energy into our organization from the Board to Leadership Teams to work groups for programs. Dedicated volunteers prepare taxes for low-income families. Others sort food from food drives or stuff backpacks for Back-To-School fairs. Opportunities to engage fluctuate monthly and can be found at our website.


7. Do you have any upcoming events?
United Way of Denton County has several upcoming events. In September, we are hosting two Kickoff Breakfast events involving “Community Conversations” with county leaders from government, education, and nonprofit for a candid discussion about the challenges facing Denton County: September 7th at the UNT Gateway Center and September 14th at the Lewisville ISD Administrative Center in Lewisville. Also in September, “Taste of Industrial Street” celebrates Denton County’s small business and music scene with live music and tasty treats at Dan Silverleaf on September 27th. On January 19, 2019, join us for UNITED Tribute, our signature gala, to celebrate the year’s successes with live music and the “Dancing with Our Stars” competition with community dancers.


8. What is it that you love most about what you do?
I love coming to work every day knowing our community is filled with people who truly care about Improving Lives in Denton County. Helping a person or family move from instability to self-sufficiency – seeing a life transformed – is one of the greatest feelings in the world!



L-R Board Chair Lyle Dresher, 2017 Campaign Co-Chairs Ray Croff and Jo Ann Ballantine, and CEO Gary Henderson


United Way of Denton County


1314 Teasley Lane
Denton, TX 76205



This interview is presented by Reilly Roofing and Gutters, roofing contractor Denton, TX.


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