Kristi Navarro and Julie Thomas spend much of their free time helping Dallas kids and adults improve their literacy and be better prepared to succeed in life. Their generosity and leadership in giving back were honored today at the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
Navarro, a TXU Energy Customer Quality Manager, received the United Way’s LINC Award for embodying the potential of our future generation to lead, impact, network and change. Navarro, who started a young professionals mentorship program at TXU Energy to pair former/current donors with new and potential donors, volunteers weekly with Reading Partners and often gives of her time at United Way activities at elementary schools across Dallas.
Luminant’s Julie Thomas was honored with the Groundwork Award, which honors a leader who helps lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning through volunteerism and instills the value of education in the next generation of leaders. Thomas, Operations Decision Support manager, has participated on community grant evaluation panels for six years, organized Luminant’s participation in Destination:Graduation, which helps prepare juniors and seniors from underserved groups for college, and currently teaches adult literacy classes with Literacy Instruction for Texas.
These awards cap a successful 2013 campaign in which the people of Energy Future Holdings, Luminant, Oncor and TXU Energy contributed $3.1 million to the United Way and TXU Energy Aid, and volunteered more than 1,800 hours through activities at sites across the company.
Plans are underway for the upcoming 2014 campaign, which will add to the company’s legacy of giving more than $25 million to 22 United Way organizations since 2000.