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UNITED WAY OF ODESSA INC

LIVE UNITED

Odessa, TX   |  www.unitedwayodessa.org

Mission

United Way of Odessa improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good. We fight for the Health, Education and Self-Sufficiency of every Ector County resident by funding local programs ranging in services from counseling and family training to early education development with state approved curriculum to the observement and support of our homeless and elderly community, allowing them to remain irrepressible and in their home.

Notes from the nonprofit

The United Way of Odessa supports programs in ten counties and forty zip codes. Through the work of 33 funded programs, we ensure that individual lives and entire neighborhoods are being transformed and on the road to reaching their greatest potential. We are committed to creating lasting, positive change throughout our community. Partner agencies are required to have a current, valid 501(C)(3) status, written statement of its mission and general goals on human services in the United Way geographic area served, localized Board of Directors, a constitution or bylaws defining the agencies objectives, organizational duties, authority and responsibilities of its governing body, render human services meeting a genuine community need and in operation at least two years at the time of application for membership in the United Way,

Ruling year info

1913

Executive Director

Mr. Hank Herrick

Assistant Director

Mrs. Christina Escobar

Main address

P.O Box 632

Odessa, TX 79760 USA

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EIN

75-0838777

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Health Support Services (E60)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Each year, thousands of individuals help create lasting change in Ector County by participating in the annual United Way of Odessa Campaign thus allowing us to impact lives.

The United Way of Odessa's role is to ceaselessly identify Ector County's critical needs, assist local partners, oversee the powerful and effective use of donor givings, connect individuals to social service programs, and unite the community toward one common goal. Our focus is on improving early educational opportunities, multiplying graduation rates, nurturing employment opportunities, providing financial solidity for individuals and advocating for continuous expansion.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Health

Each year, countless of United Way of Odessa volunteers, consisting of Board of Directors, students and community leaders, work to address critical service needs in Ector County (identified by community surveys) by reviewing and recommending funding proposals for community service programs aligning with the United Way of Odessa's community investment focus points. Through the Community Impact Fund, United Way of Odessa provides financial and community outreach support for projects vital to Ector County. Additionally, we work with agencies to identify overlapping areas of need and potential collaboration between agencies to eliminate duplication of services and encourage unity of direction and solutions. These agencies are also provided with Venture Grant opportunities, critical support, guidance, new donor and support opportunities and in-kind resources. The United Way of Odessa funded partners offer Health service programs and encourage healthy behavior for all age ranges. Good health promotes overall well being and ties in with healthy behavior. Being healthy and resilient, begins with good eating habits, exercising, regular visits to a doctor, strong relationships, healthy homes and neighborhoods, income, access to healthy food and physical activity. We focus on improving local health statistics and work hard to enhance the community.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adults
Budget
$330,558

Each year, countless of United Way of Odessa volunteers, including Board of Director members, students and community leaders, work to address critical service needs in Ector County (identified in community surveys) by reviewing and recommending funding proposals for specific community service programs meeting United Way's community investment focus points. Through its Community Impact Fund, United Way of Odessa provides financial and community outreach support for projects that are vital to Ector County. Additionally, we work with agencies to identify overlapping areas of need and potential collaboration between agencies to eliminate duplication of services and encourage unity of direction and solutions. These agencies are also provided with Venture Grant opportunities, critical support, guidance, new donor and support opportunities and in-kind resources. The United Way of Odessa funded partners offer Educational services for all age ranges. Reality is, the school system cares for and educates our youth in the classroom and United Way and its partners join inside and outside of the classroom. We strive to ensure that our youth are successful and achieving their max abilities from early childhood critical services to high school graduation and achieving college entry and finally, to adults encouraged to refine or continue their education and life skills.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adults
Budget
$341,746

Each year, countless of United Way of Odessa volunteers, including Board of Director members, students and community leaders, work to address critical service needs in Ector County (identified in community surveys) by reviewing and recommending funding proposals for specific community service programs meeting United Way's community investment focus points. Through its Community Impact Fund, United Way of Odessa provides financial and community outreach support for projects that are vital to Ector County. Additionally, we work with agencies to identify overlapping areas of need and potential collaboration between agencies to eliminate duplication of services and encourage unity of direction and solutions. These agencies are also provided with Venture Grant opportunities, critical support, guidance, new donor and support opportunities and in-kind resources. The United Way of Odessa funded partners provide Self Sufficiency services and equip residents with the ability to become financially stable. Many residents are scarcely covering their basic daily expenses. We are guiding them through, as many are experiencing crisis based on low wages, inadequate homes and the increased cost of food, child care, health care, transportation, clothing and children's school supplies. We strive to assist residents as they begin rebuilding their lives and foundations and become self sufficient and vital community members.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Non-adult children
Budget
$344,797

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Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

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Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2017

United Way 2016

United Way 2017

United Way 2018

Awards

Outstanding Non Profit 2016

Outstanding Recognition

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2011

United Way Member Agency 2012

United Way Member Agency 2013

United Way Member Agency 2014

United Way Member Agency 2015

United Way Member Agency 2016

United Way Member Agency 2017

United Way Member Agency 2018

United Way Member Agency 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Self Sufficiency

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants that follow counseling recommendations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of agencies serving displaced families

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Self Sufficiency

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of return website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children with undetected developmental delays or chronic health problems at kindergarten entrance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Self Sufficiency

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The United Way of Odessa is committed to being a part of the solution and we are creating lasting, positive change in our neighborhoods; we are ensuring that our community is well built and unyielding for everyone who calls it home. Through the work of our partner agencies, we aim to ensure that individuals and families are healthy and stable; living quality lives and achieving maximum health and independence. We are preparing our children, youth and young adults to succeed in school and life; and stimulating our older adults to accept the challenge of continued education and achieving their greatest victory, a degree. We are ensuring that individuals and families that are experiencing tremendous strains are safe and becoming self-sufficient, achieving financial stability.

The United Way of Odessa's strategies are as follows: The Health strategy is ensuring that individuals and families are demonstrating the ability to receive appropriate health care, maximizing on the health care opportunities available, self improving their health and nutrition choices and reporting excellent or good health care. The Education strategy is ensuring that our children are receiving kindergarten readiness and are prepared for kindergarten, youth are accomplishing grade-level readiness, participating in after-school and mentoring programs, reaching graduation and preparing for their next big step. Adults are re-entering the educational system, exhibiting literacy, acquiring a GED, celebrating a degree and strengthening financial literacy. The financial strategy is ensuring that individuals and families have access to food stability, medication support, utility assistance, emergency shelter, equitable and sustainable housing, access to transportation and chartering our labor force to be fully and gainfully employed.

The United Way of Odessa is incorporating businesses, parents, government, school systems, faith-based entities, foundations, nonprofit organizations, area leaders and donors who share the desire to make our community an even better place to live and work, to focus on an agreed upon common goal; use data and community voice to inform the decision making process; and foster a culture of continuous improvement and collective impact.<br/><br/>We are learning with our partners as we work together to create long-term solutions and systematic changes across Ector County for individuals and families experiencing poverty.<br/><br/>We invite you to be a part of the change. <br/>Give Advocate Volunteer <br/>LIVE UNITED

The United Way of Odessa is identifying and addressing the key issues that exist in our very neighborhoods, and through localized strategies and resources, we are implementing various methods for measuring results and transforming individual lives. <br/><br/>The United Way of Odessa is tracking both program and community level progress and will continue to monitor progress of strategies, projections, goals and focus areas by monitoring each sector individually and hold recurring committee meetings in efforts of continuous progression, therefore pinpointing areas of advancement and achievement and areas identifed as requiring further progression and improvement.

The United Way of Odessa maintains partnerships with local funders and neighboring nonprofits working collectively for the transformation of communities.<br/><br/>We have assumed both leadership and partnership roles in the community and are committed to United Way's vision of creating a community where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.<br/><br/>We are building a foundation of which we can achieve our vision of a stronger community with a high quality of life for all and will continue with our vision of importance, supporting vital resources for our community, while creating even more life-changing moments.<br/><br/>The United Way of Odessa continues to improve in a growing and fast evolving market and are aiding our partner agencies to serve clients needs and focus on what they do best, serve the client, while still continuing to provide critical services to new and expanding clients. We will continue with strategy development, resource development, marketing, accountability, and services and apply full effort to partnerships with others to advance the common good.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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UNITED WAY OF ODESSA INC

Board of directors
as of 7/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Lisa Wyman

Complex Community Federal Credit Union

Term: 2017 - 2023

Stephanie Latimer

Sivalls, Inc.

David Albidrez

Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP

Roy Garcia

Susan Thornton

MCHS

David Dowd

HEB

Chuck Moad

Ector County

David Simpson

Jim's Tall & Big Men

Dr. Joseph Weaks

Connection Christian Church

Lisa Wyman

Complex Community Federal Credit Union

Chris Cole

SouthWest Bank

Donavan Earl

Betenbough Homes

Connie May

Odessa College

Becki Moralez

Odessa Regional Medical Center

Jason Osborne

ECISD

Thomas Webb

Odessa Pumps

Jessica Zuniga

Texas Tech University

Timothy Brower

ECISD

Stephanie Cavazos

ATMOS Energy

Hector Gutierrez

Halliburton

Jessica Alvarado

Wells Fargo Bank

Matt Lippman

Laredo Petroleum

Dewey Bryant

SouthWest Bank

Austin Keith

Pinkie's

Wesley Burnett

Odessa Chamber of Commerce

William Cannon

Iron Freedom Foundation

Crystale Galindo

First Basin Credit Union

Carla Hartwig

Odessa Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Stephanie Howard

ECISD

Addison Kirk

Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Bebout P.C

Lawanna Lambert

Downtown Odessa

Darryl Smith

Odessa Police Department

Wendell Snodgrass

UTPB

Kellie Wilks

ECISD

April Wright

H-E-B

Patrick Young

ECISD

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/17/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/17/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Keywords

United Way, Permian Basin, West Texas, Health, Education, Self-Sufficiency, Odessa, Texas