Arlington Organizations Highlight Community Projects at 2018 United Way Luncheon
By Office of Communication
Posted on April 12, 2018, April 12, 2018


United Way of Tarrant County's Arlington sector held its annual report to the community luncheon this week. The luncheon celebrated United Way's engagement and accomplishments specific to the Arlington community. In addition, local partnerships that advance the education, financial stability, and the health were highlighted.

Special guest speakers in attendance included:

  • Marcia Etie, United Way-Arlington Steering Committee Chair and United Way of Tarrant County Board of Directors, emceed the event and guide guests through the program. Etie is an active community volunteer and currently dedicates time to counseling students in Arlington high schools.
  • Kyland Dobbins, Senior Pastor St. Steven United Methodist Church, led the invocation. Dobbins has been an active volunteer in various local churches for most of his life. He serves the community as a Board of Directors member of several area service organizations, and is a member of the United Way-Arlington Steering Committee.
  • Emily Cruz Robbins, Senior Director or Community Relations and Alumni Affairs for Dallas Cowboys, reviewed the Character Playbook and its impact on 10 Arlington ISD schools. The Character Playbook is a partnership between the NFL and United Way dedicated to giving middle school students the tools to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships.
  • TD Symers, President and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County, shared first-hand knowledge about the goals and achievements specific to the United Way Tarrant County during the past year.
  • Linda Winkelman, Director of Child & Family Services Center for Transforming Lives, shared the importance of continuing community involvement. As Director of Child & Family Services, Linda seeks to help children bridge the gap that comes from living in poverty, homelessness and trauma. She is dedicated to improving early childhood program quality and accessibility.

The Annual Report to the Community also featured a crowdfunding activity in which guests were asked to make a small charitable donation for the Center for Transforming Lives, Arlington Child Care Center, to purchase a 2-person glider. The crowdfunding raised more than $1,000.

Sponsors of the event included Arlington Today, Anna and Justin Chapa and Mediterranean Villa.

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