United Way of Amarillo & Canyon announces $2,252,014 of community funding to over 30 local programs from the community allocations process in the 2018 annual campaign. The allocations are made possible by the generosity of corporate and individual donors in the community. 

“The funding the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon provides for our partners is essential to the health of the Amarillo and Canyon communities overall,” said UWAC executive director Katie Noffsker. “Without our funding, some of these programs would not be able to continue their mission, therefore leaving a slice of the community without services and resources. It is our mission to continue funding programs who are credible, evidence based and moving the needle on poverty in our community. Healthier community equals a healthier economy which is what we are all after. This cannot be done without the generous giving from our community, and we can’t thank you enough.”

More than 50 local volunteers from the community serve on the Allocations Council. They donated their time and expertise to determine the 2018-19 allocations. The council reviews funding applications, agency financials and operations, visits programs on-site and participates in the presentations, and determines allocation recommendations. The council makes its recommendations to the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon board. The board approved the recommendations at its March meeting.  

“I am blown away by the commitment and work ethic of our council members and the generosity of their employers,” said Aaron Howerton, United Way board member and community impact vice president. “Collectively, they donated hundreds of hours to meetings, on-site visits, and independent reviews of program applications. They are a dedicated and sincere group of volunteers and I am more than confident that our donor’s dollars are being directed toward programs that are truly making a positive impact in our community.”

Belinda Crelia-Palacios, senior director of community impact at United Way of Amarillo & Canyon said, “Our volunteer Councils are dedicated individuals who care about the community they live in and want to make a difference. They spend personal time learning about our community’s needs and partner with area providers to find solutions to these issues. I am so grateful for our Council members and appreciate all they do to serve others.”

In addition to funds generated by the campaign, $890,395 in grants is managed by the United Way, which brings outside dollars into the community to support programs like the 2-1-1 Texas Helpline, the 79107 Community Youth Development Program, a juvenile crime prevention program, and the Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance, which works to improve mental health care for everyone in the top 26 counties. 

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. We complile localized data that identifies the most significant problems affecting our communities in Potter and Randall counties. The data collected demonstrates a clear underlying issue affecting our community and that’s poverty. United Way works with businesses, community leaders and individuals across Amarillo & Canyon to partner with and invest in the most effective nonprofit programs working to attack poverty on several fronts. United Way funds programs to achieve lasting change.

United Way of Amarillo & Canyon’s allocable dollars fund the programs of: 2-1-1 Specific Aid, Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs a program of Cenikor, Amarillo Wesley Community Center, American Red Cross-Texas Panhandle Chapter, Boys Scouts of America-Golden Spread Council, Buckner Children & Family Services-Transition Center, Catholic Charities of the TX Panhandle-InterFaith Hunger Project, Children’s Learning Centers of Amarillo, COHS-Nurse Family Partnership, Epilepsy Foundation Texas-West Texas, Family Care Foundation-Dental Assistance, Family Support Services, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas, Guyon Saunders Resource Center-Community Day Room, Jan Werner Adult Day Care Center, Maverick Boys & Girls Clubs, PRPC/Area Agency on Aging-FoodNet, and The Salvation Army of Amarillo.

Poverty Prevention Programs: AISD-Padres Colaboradores Leadership Program, Family Support Services-STI & Unplanned Pregnancy Initiative, and Living Intentionally Ministries, Set for Success GED Adult Education GED Program.