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President’s Corner

Dear United Way donors and friends ~

What a wonderful year it was to serve as your president of our local United Way. The most memorable accomplishment of our volunteer and staff efforts was certainly the raising of more than $5 Million dollars for our community during the 2007 Campaign! As part of that success, our Leadership gifts ($1,000.00 or more) topped $1 Million dollars for the first time in our history. It was also quite memorable on January 1, 2008 when the Amarillo Globe-News named United Way of Amarillo & Canyon as a Headliner Award Winner for the accomplishments of the record breaking campaign, headed up by J. Pat Hickman and Dan Swaim. Many thanks are due to these two gentlemen who led the way for this success. Gary L. Gibson

In 2007, we also saw the beginning of the Guyon Saunders Endowment Fund to benefit the Tyler Street Resource Center. Guyon was one of Tyler Street’s most noble champions, and we hope to rename the center after him upon the success of that endowment effort. Our volunteers and staff moved forward in preparation to adopt our new Community Impact Plan. This plan would more narrowly focus our efforts to those most pressing issues in our community. During that time, we reorganized our staff and volunteers by blending what used to be known as Community Services and Community Investment to a new department called Community Impact. And finally, I want to recognize our local 2-1-1 Texas for the outstanding job they have done for not only Amarillo and Canyon, but for the top 26 counties of the panhandle. We were recognized as being one of the top ranking centers among 25 in Texas. Congratulations to an effective, efficient and productive 2-1-1 team. Thank you all for the support you have given our great team of volunteers, board and staff. I have enjoyed this past year of working with you all. Sincerely,

Gary Gibson

2007 Volunteer Award Winners

Gary L. Gibson 2007-08 Board President

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon

The 2007 President’s Significant Achievement Award goes each year to the volunteer who has made a considerable impact for United Way of Amarillo & Canyon. This year, we are proud to honor John T. McElyea, Senior Vice President at Amarillo National Bank, a United Way volunteer for more than nine years. As a passionate board member, John has been instrumental in leading our volunteers through the Community Investment process of allocating campaign dollars. As we move into the more complex, but more effective model of Community Impact, John T. has once again stepped forward to head up the new Community Impact Councils. The changes in the way we fund programs and services has been made more efficient for our volunteers with John T.’s leadership. The 2007 Outstanding Campaign Volunteer Award recognizes the vital contributions of Steve Bilodeau, Hydro-Meteorological Technician with the National Weather Service, where employee pledges have consistently increased year to year with Steve’s involvement. A Leadership Giver and a volunteer for over 5 years, Steve works with the Combined Federal Campaign, often securing pledges from Federal agencies that have not participated in the past. He also enjoys helping out with events such as Canyon Nights Gala and Youth Leadership Day. Whether it’s asking for pledges or in-kind donations; setting up or tearing down an event; Steve always comes through for United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign! The 2007 Outstanding Canyon Volunteer Award recognizes the commitment and dedication of Darlene Brasington, Senior Vice President of Operations for Panhandle Plains Student Loan Center in Canyon. Darlene has been instrumental in the planning of the annual Canyon Nights Gala since 2004 - selling tickets, hosting tables and recruiting sponsorships from area businesses. In addition to her work with United Way, Darlene serves on the Canyon Main Street Board, is a former President of the Canyon Chamber of Commerce, is an original board member of the Canyon Crisis Pregnancy Center and is a member of Beta Sigma Phi Chapter in Canyon.

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon believes that most people want to make an investment in a social need and then see a return.

WHERE THE MONEY WENT IN 2007 Fundraising 8%

Administrative 2%

Uncollected Pledges 7%

HOW THOSE DOLLARS HELPED Community Investment/Impact United Way of Amarillo & Canyon addresses critical issues in the community by mobilizing resources and making strategic investments in services aligned with our targeted priorities.

CHILDREN & FAMILIES………………… $ 1,801,295

Donor Designations to Other Agencies 12%

Caring for Children, Social Development, and Strengthening Families

BASIC NEEDS…………………………. $

United Way Community Services 11% Donor Designations to Program Providers 8%

Community Investment/Impact 52%

OLDER ADULTS …………………......... $ 155,000 Nutrition, Health and Social Services for Seniors CRIME & SAFETY….………………….. $

WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM IN 2007 Investments 2%

Private & Government Grants 6%

Corporations 21%


Emergency Services and Promoting Independent Living


Prevention and Early Intervention for Family Violence and Youth Delinquency



Reading and Comprehension Skills for Adults and Children

Other Designations & Allocations UNITED WAY COMMUNITY SERVICES 2-1-1 Texas, Volunteer Action Center, Tyler Street Resource Center, Community Planning …. $ 588,438

DONOR DESIGNATIONS to United Way Program Providers …...…... $ 370,368

Employees and Individuals 71%

VEHICLE GIVE-AWAY to benefit United Way Program Providers…$ 35,830

YOUTH ALLOCATIONS to United Way Program Providers………….$ 50,412

OUR MISSION STATEMENT The United Way mobilizes community resources and volunteers to meet human service needs.

DONOR DESIGNATIONS to other non-profit agencies………………. $ 633,517

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon

2007 GOVERNING BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Gary L. Gibson, President Johnny Mize, President-Elect J. Pat Hickman, VP Campaign Dan Swaim, VP Campaign Vicki Line, VP Community Impact James T. Rutledge, PhD, VP Community Impact Adriana Barajas, VP Community Investment John T. McElyea, VP Community Investment Cameron Monroe, VP Community Services Joe Street, VP Community Services Dennis Spear, VP Planned Giving Mary Coyne, VP Marketing Chris Koop, Secretary Jerry McMillon, Treasurer Wes Knapp, Line Avenue Facility Committee Chair Les Simpson, Immediate Past President

DIRECTORS Greg Ammons Gordon Atkins Mary Barlow Bryan T. Bayley Eddie Bradley Pati Buchenau Mike Coomer David Eves Silas Girgis Alesia Grist Steven Jones, PhD George Lankford Frank Lopez Brent McClure Glen Metcalf

Greg Mitchell J. Patrick O’Brien, PhD Art Richards Duane Rosa PhD James Shafer Randy Sharp Michael Smith Kurt Suther Alan Taylor Chuck Taylor Roy Urrutia Kelly Utsinger Rose Walton Mike Wartes Dane Williams

2007 CAMPAIGN CABINET J. Pat Hickman, Campaign Co-Chair Dan Swaim, Campaign Co-Chair Tim Archer Bryan Bayley Scott Bentley John Ben Blanchard Greg Burgess Daniel Coward Ken Creamer Stephen Cross Kent David Smith Ellis David Eves Lynn Fairbanks Mark Fields Lana Fincher Michele Fortunato Buddy Fox Mike Good Joanne Gosselin Michael Hooten David Johnson Andy Justus

Wyndella Kelly Kevin King Terry Langehennig Mark Leach Sam Lovelady William Mairson Bill Mayfield Mark McKay Glen Metcalf Cameron Monroe J. Patrick O’Brien Rene’ Ramirez Jay Ricci Art Richards Randy Sharp Mike Shumate Robert Sloger Roy Urrutia Kelly Utsinger Shannon Williams

2207 Line Avenue Amarillo TX 79106 (806) 376-6359 fax ( 806) 376-9343

UNITED WAY COMMUNITY SERVICES 2-1-1 Texas and Volunteer Action Center 200 S. Tyler Amarillo, TX 79101 Dial 2-1-1 or (806) 373-2662

2007 UWAC Annual Report  
2007 UWAC Annual Report  

2007 UWAC Annual Report