United Way

Challenged by needs shared by their larger-city neighbors, leaders of the Lake Cities region gathered at DATCU Credit Union’s headquarters in Corinth for an informal chat with United Way of Denton County to learn how their communities can join the conversation to bring solutions to their region.

“DATCU is aware of the assistance offered to all residents of our county and are happy to provide our neighbors in the Lake Cities an opportunity to learn how they can be involved, said Glen McKenzie, DATCU president and CEO.

Attending the discussion were Lake Dallas City Manager John Cabrales, Corinth Mayor Bill Heidemann and City Manager Bob Hart, Hickory Creek Mayor Lynn Clark and Town Administrator John Smith and Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce executive director and Corinth City Council member Tina Henderson.

Gary Henderson, president and CEO of United Way of Denton County, led the conversation highlighting the organization’s strategic focus areas identified by key findings in the most recent Community Needs Assessment. These areas are complex socioeconomic challenges in Denton County: access to mental health services, housing stability/homelessness, veterans and economic/financial stability.

“United Way of Denton County’s mission for the Lake Cities communities is no different than for the rest of the county, and that is to improve lives,” Henderson explained to the group. “Your needs may look a little different in your communities, which just means the solutions may be slightly different.”

Members of the public interested in hearing more about the challenges facing Denton County can attend one of two kickoff breakfasts in Denton and Lewisville on Sept. 7 and 14, respectively.

Hosted by UWDC, each event will feature a community conversation to discuss the needs of the community and the collaborative work toward solutions. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to https://bit.ly/2OZXFmx.

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