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Acceptance, angst follow United Way mission shift

August 30, 2018, by TaMaryn Waters

The angst was palpable to Darrick McGhee as he sat in two meetings last week.

Small groups of United Way of the Big Bend officials and board members like him were meeting with area nonprofit directors. The agency had just announced a radical overhaul to survive in a world of dwindling donations. As part of its historic mission shift, the United Way would laser focus its limited dollars on helping those living in poverty and the working poor, who live check-to-check and are growing at an alarming rate.

Nonprofit heads came to the meetings with questions. They wanted clarity. How would they fit into this new mission — if at all?

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