Inspiring New Stories Every Day
Over 75 years, South Plains residents have given more than $193 million dollars toward United Way's Annual Campaign. Those dollars represent hundreds of thousands of lives impacted by United Way and our Community Partners. More than that, those dollars represent stories - stories of hope. They are stories of children who grew up with a safe place to go after school and during the summer. Stories of survivors of the 1970 tornado and a community rallying through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Stories of people who received safety, care, and healing following trauma.
Maybe you never received direct support from a United Way Community Partner, but odds are you know someone who has. Maybe you are new to the area but received support from a United Way back home. Maybe you could have used the support of a United Way. Whatever your story, it matters.
Your story is a thread in a tapestry of thousands of stories that make up who United Way is and why we continue to our mission of Giving • People • Hope.
When you give to the Annual Campaign you add to that tapestry - more lives impacted, more lives saved. Make your gift today and be part of the stories of today and the future.
A Message from 2021 Campaign Chair Mark Griffin
In 2021, Lubbock Area United Way celebrates its 75th anniversary. As we individually and collectively pause to celebrate 75 years of Giving ∙ People ∙ Hope, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation for your willingness to join and engage in this most worthy cause. You are in league with thousands who have come before you to raise a collective voice for South Plains communities.
Your servant’s heart is manifest in the lives you help transform through your time and service in this year’s campaign. Every dollar you give transforms lives through United Way Community Partners. These agencies serve and support through an unconditional and unending commitment to saying “yes" to those in need. They are inspiring new stories every day.
The blessing I received in my visits to the Community Partners confirmed that you and our community are steadfast in our resolve. A resolve that each child, each family, and each need will be met and transformed by the fruits of this campaign and the dedication of our partners.
Let us always remember our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family who are supported daily by United Way and its Community Partners. Thank you for linking hands with me as we embark on a journey that will certainly lead to Giving ∙ People ∙ Hope on the South Plains.
May God richly bless our efforts together.
2021 Campaign Chair
Mark Griffin is President of The Griffin Companies consisting of Rip Griffin Truck Service Center, Inc. and Pro Petroleum, Inc., retail and wholesale fuel marketing, distribution, and storage companies. He currently serves as a director for The CH Foundation and as a regent for the Texas Tech University System. Mark was previously a director for PlainsCapital Bank and the Governor’s Economic Development Board. He served as a trustee for the Lubbock Independent School District from 1994 to 2007. Mark also served as a regent for the Texas Tech University System from 2005 to 2009, a trustee for the Covenant Health System from 2003 to 2008, and a director for the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation from 1990 to 1993. Mark earned his B.A. from the University of Texas and his J.D. from the Texas Tech University School of Law.
He is married to Claudia Griffin. The couple has 3 children – Lauren Hamel, Emily Owen, and Jeffrey Griffin – and 5 grandchildren.