For hungry and homebound senior and disabled people in North Texas, a hand-delivered, daily hot meal can be critical for necessary nutrition and continued independent, fulfilling lives.
To highlight hunger in Dallas and Collin counties, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas partnered with Texas Instruments (TI) on Tuesday, December 1, encouraging giving and volunteering during this holiday season.
More than 400 TI employees delivered more than 1,000 meals across Dallas and Collin counties. Volunteers gathered at the company’s North Campus site in Dallas and the Spring Creek location in Plano to load up coolers filled with food and begin deliveries. Tuesday’s volunteer effort will help two United Way partner agencies—VNA in Dallas and Meals on Wheels of Collin County—stretch transportation budgets farther, and feed even more North Texans in need.
As part of the Unite for Change Community Impact series, the project was planned to coincide with #GivingTuesday, an annual social media-based initiative on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday is designed to inspire charitable giving during the holiday season. The idea came from “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.”
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to give back with our time to help change lives for the better and build stronger communities here in North Texas,” said Terri Grosh, TI worldwide employee engagement manager. “TI volunteers are not only investing with their hands and hearts today but also sharing our experiences online to encourage others to join us in giving back.”
Texas has the 7th highest rate of hunger among seniors in the nation. United Way service provider VNA delivers nutritious, freshly prepared meals daily to 4,000 Dallas County residents Monday through Friday. Meals are delivered to the hidden hungry—the homebound unable to access resources like food banks and grocery stores.
“We’re proud to unite companies and communities in giving back and to support an annual tradition of generosity,” said Jennifer Sampson, President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “United Way mobilizes volunteers to work together on the causes they care about. Through powerful partnerships, we’re lifting up our neighbors and creating meaningful and lasting community change.”
With TI as the presenting sponsor, the Unite for Change Community Impact Series consists of six volunteer events area wide focused on improving financial stability, education and health across North Texas. Unite for Change, announced in October, was created to engage many local corporate partners in meaningful volunteer projects over a six-month period. The projects will help reach United Way’s 10-year community goals: preparing at least 60 percent of all kids to graduate ready to succeed, moving 250,000 people out of poverty permanently, and improving health across the region.