Respond, Recover,
Reimagine & Rebuild
February 2022
In This Issue
  • Completed Campaigns - Change Doesn't Happen Alone!
  • VITA Season is Underway: Appointments Available!
  • Save the Date! - Read Across America Day (March 4th)
  • 2-1-1
  • 2021 Year to Date Call Stats
  • 2022 January Call Stats
  • 2-1-1 Day - February 11th
  • United Way in the News
2021-22 Campaigns
Campaign season wrap-up!
2021 Campaign season is wrapping up, with many companies having used a mix of digital and paper campaign options. The 2020-2021 Impact Highlights is still available for new and returning donors to view.

Interested in running a campaign? Email Veshell Greene at or call the office at 254-778-8616.
2021-22 Completed Campaigns:
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Atmos Energy
  • BancorpSouth Bank
  • Bell County
  • BNSF Foundation
  • Brockway, Gersbach, Franklin & Niemeier
  • C&D P Charitable Gift Trust
  • CASA of Bell & Coryell Counties
  • Caterpillar
  • Central National Bank
  • Central Texas Housing Consortium
  • Central Texas Youth Services
  • City of Belton
  • Communities in Schools
  • Costco Warehouse
  • Don Ringler Chevrolet & Toyota
  • Environmental Fund for Texas
  • Extraco Banks
  • Families in Crisis
  • FedEx
  • HEB
  • Holt-Cat National
  • Joe & Louise Cook Foundation
  • Johnson Brothers Ford Lincoln
  • Kasberg, Patrick & Associates
  • Keller & Connie Matthews Charitable Fund
  • Lott, Vernon & Company
  • Materials Transportation Company
  • McLane Company
  • Oncor Electric
  • Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Shelter
  • Panel Specialists
  • Ralph Wilson Youth Club
  • Simmons Empowerment Foundation
  • Temple College
  • Temple Community Clinic
  • Temple Daily Telegram
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • UPS
  • Vistra Corporate Services
  • Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces
  • Wright Builders
VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Free Tax Appointments: Open now through April 16th!
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program is up and running this tax season with locations in Temple, Belton, Killeen, and Harker Heights.

Appointments are FREE (no hidden costs or fees) for individuals and families whose household income is $55,000 or less.
If the UWCT VITA program is unable to assist you, you may qualify for another FREE tax preparation online software, My Free Taxes (
Read Across America Day
Friday, March 4th - Save the date!
National Read Across America Day is an annual reading, motivation, and awareness effort that calls for every child to celebrate reading on March 4th.

Every year, UWCT looks for volunteers that would like to take a few minutes out of their day read to elementary school students.

Fewer than one in five kids who read below their grade level in third grade go on to college. Giving kids the skills to succeed in school—like reading at grade level—sets them up for lifelong success. In fact, it lays a foundation that will span generations to come. Education is the change that lasts.
For more information about Read Across America Day, please contact:
Veshell Greene at 254-778-8616 or
From Hello to Help, 2-1-1 is Here
The United Way of Central Texas 2-1-1 Helpline is free and confidential, and available 24 hours, 365 days a year. 2-1-1 is staffed by trained specialists who can find real answers for callers as they work the most comprehensive social services database in the state of Texas.
2021 2-1-1 Call Center Stats

  • Total 2021 Calls Taken: 61,458
  • Active Duty Military & Veterans Connected to Resources: 1,697
  • Seniors aged 65+: 8,768
  • First Time 2-1-1 Callers: 3,300
  • Calls Related to COVID-19: 7,356

2021 Calls from our 7 county region:
  • Bell County: 16,583
  • Temple: 6,777
  • Belton: 843
  • Killeen: 7,806
  • Coryell County: 1,194
  • Hamilton County: 83
  • Lampasas County: 238
  • Milam County: 386
  • Mills County: 66
  • San Saba County: 70
January 2022 Calls Taken: 6,006
January 2021 Calls Taken: 5,609
The top 5 needs of callers in January 2022 include:
  1. Rent Payment Assistance
  2. Electric Service Payment Assistance
  3. COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests
  4. Food Pantries
  5. Low Income Rental Housing
The top 5 needs of callers in our 7 County Region* in January 2022 include:
  1. COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests
  2. Electric Service Payment Assistance
  3. Rent Payment Assistance
  4. Housing Authorities
  5. Food Pantries
*Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San Saba Counties
2022 Call Stats To-Date (January 1st - Present):
  • Active Duty Military & Veterans Connected to Resources: 163
  • Seniors aged 65+: 749
  • First Time 2-1-1 Callers: 231
  • Calls Related to COVID-19: 723
United Way Celebrated 2-1-1 Day
February, 11 (2/11)
UWCT celebrated National 2-1-1 Day on February 11th; recognizing the strength of the 2-1-1 Texas network. Many local United Ways across Texas manage 2-1-1 call centers, where call specialists connect people in every community to local resources.

2-1-1 is the lifeline for help in Texas.
In fact, 2-1-1 is a critical part of UWCT’s fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in the community.

In a crisis, in a disaster, in a pandemic, 2-1-1 is here to help every person in Texas find food, pay bills, and connect to other essential services. The 2-1-1 HELPLINE is part of a national network, United to help as many people as possible.

Thank you, 2-1-1 Central Texas team members, LaToya, Diamond, Samantha, and Jennifer!
United Way in the News
Check out these recent news articles:
Temple Daily Telegram: "Free local help: United Way of Central Texas’ income tax assistance program starts Feb. 2" Click HERE.

KCEN TV: "United Way Central Texas helping lower income families with tax assistance program" Click HERE.