The Giving • People • Hope Podcast

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Giving • People • Hope Podcast

At Lubbock Area United Way Giving • People • Hope is much more than a catchphrase. It's our mission. On the podcast, we're bringing you conversations about how we're giving people hope across the South Plains and how you can help create lasting sustainable change. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app, and don't forget to rate and review us to help people find the show.

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Episode 1: Policy and Advocacy work with United Ways of Texas

We chatted with Adrianna Cuellar Rojas, Ashley Harris, and Molly Weiner with United Ways of Texas about the 88th Texas Legislative Session. United Ways of Texas works closely with Lubbock Area United Way and United Ways across Texas to ensure that local needs are being addressed on the state level.

The United Ways of Texas team shares what they are working on for the legislative session and how people can get involved in advocating for legislation that will address key priority areas in the areas of education, health, and financial stability. Our VP of Community Impact, Devin McCain, also joined in the conversation to share about what we're working on for West Texans and how to get involved.

Register for Texas United Virtual Advocacy Days on February 23-25.

Meet your local Representatives:

Senator Charles Perry

District Address:
11003 Quaker Avenue, #101
Lubbock, TX 79424

Representative Dustin Burrows

District Address:
10507 Quaker Avenue, Suite 103
Lubbock, Texas 79424

Representative John Frullo

District Address:
5717 66th Street, Suite 116-117
Lubbock, Texas 79424

Episode 2: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Chris Boutwell and Nedra Hotchkins

We sat down last week to record a video with board members Chris Boutwell and Nedra Hotchkins about United Way's new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Nedra is also the Executive Director for Lubbock Children's Health Clinic, and Chris is chairing the new committee.

We intended to release the conversation in video format only, but the full conversation was so good that we decided to share it on the podcast. The format is a little different than the first episode, but we hope you enjoy listening.

To learn more about what United Way is doing to address diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, click here.

Episode 3: The Status of Women on the South Plains with Cristy Martinez, Jennifer Riley, Sabrina Robbins and Lena Scaff

For International Women's Day and Women's History Month, we wanted to talk with our Community Partners about the status of women on the South Plains. We chatted with Cristy Martinez with Family Counseling Services, Jennifer Riley with the YWCA, Sabrina Robbins with Catholic Charities, and Lena Scaff with Early Learning Centers. From jobs to child care to health, we tackled a number of issues facing women on the South Plains and the ways we'll be celebrating women this month.

As mentioned in the episode:

Affordable, quality healthcare:

Affordable mental health care:

Support to complete college degree:

Affordable, high-quality Spring Break opportunities: 

Episode 4: Lubbock County Care Coordination Team with Derek Danner, Kristin Murray and Veronica Lowenberg

Today, we are rebroadcasting a video interview we release on our social media in January for Human Trafficking Awareness Month. We visited with Kristin Murray with Voice of Hope, Derek Danner with Children's Advocacy Center, and Veronica Lowenberg with Governor Greg Abbott's Child Sex Trafficking Team about the newly formed Lubbock County Care Coordination Team that was set up to specifically address the needs of victims of child sex trafficking in our area.

If you have questions or need help, please call:

Children's Advocacy Center of the South Plains, 806.740.0251

Voice of Hope, 806.763.3232

Episode 5: Child Abuse Prevention Month with Dr. Amy Thompson and Dr. Brian Payne

Trigger Warning: This episode discusses child abuse and child neglect.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Go Blue Lubbock Campaign. We visited with Dr. Amy Thompson with Covenant Children's Hospital and Dr. Brian Payne with UMC Children's Hospital about child abuse and neglect in Lubbock and the surrounding area, how 2020 impacted families, and how we can all be involved in preventing child abuse.

Episode Resources:

Episode 6: Sexual Assault Prevention Month with Leslie Timmons and Kenneth Castillo

Trigger warning: In this episode, we discuss sexual violence.

April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, so we visited with Leslie Timmons and Kenneth Castillo with our Community Partner Voice of Hope about their prevention efforts. Prevention is the best solution to ending sexual violence in our community. Along with other stakeholders in the community, Voice of Hope is putting forth innovative prevention efforts.

As mentioned in the episode:

  • Voice of Hope Hotline: 806.763.7273
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
  • Roots Garden on Instagram: @rootsgardenlbk

Episode 7: Celebrating 75 Years of United Way with Gary Bain, Heather Smith, and Amy Berry

In 2021, Lubbock Area United Way is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. We sat down with Heather Smith with Covenant Medical Group and the chair for our 75th Anniversary Committee and Gary Bain with GMAN Creative and the videographer for our anniversary film. Amy Berry from our team also joins us for a fun conversation on preparing for the anniversary and all the fun things we have planned for the year.

Learn more about United Way and our first 75 years on our website at

Amy Burger King
Amy Berry at her first job at Burger King


Gary Bain McDonalds
Gary Bain with his wig at McDonald's


Episode 8: Mental Health Awareness Month with Nancy Trevino and Brad Hunt

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We visited with Dr. Nancy Trevino with the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and Brad Hunt with NAMI Lubbock about mental health on the South Plains, how we can help fight stigma, and what resources are available for those in need of mental health support.

Mentioned in the episode: