United Way has been a long-time partner of Texas Instruments to build stronger communities through its giving and volunteering programs. The three areas United Way focuses on -- education, income and health – are considered the basic building blocks of opportunity that many of us have often taken for granted. But if the last year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us one thing, it is this: Our financial stability and our health are precious, and too many of our neighbors have been impacted.
The winter storms and record cold temperatures that battered Texas have forced millions of the state’s residents to search for survival basics, including shelter, food and water. Many of our company’s nonprofit partners are on the front lines addressing the humanitarian crisis created by the storm.
At its January 2021 meeting (held via Zoom), the TIAA Leadership Team approved extension of the free membership program first announced at the 2020 TIAA Annual Membership Meeting. The action is being taken due to the extended curtailment of normal TIAA member activities as a result of COVID. The team remains hopeful that health guidelines will allow the resumption of “live” activities sometime in the second half of this year.
Richard Guldi Recognized with the
TI Founders Community Impact Award
Richard (Dick) Guldi – who has been an environmental activist for years – has been recognized as this year’s TI retiree recipient of the TI Founders Community Impact Award for outstanding contributions to the communities where we live and work.
The TI Foundation will match your volunteer service at eligible, U.S.-based nonprofit organizations. For every 10 hours volunteered, the TI Foundation will make a contribution of $125 to the nonprofit where the volunteer hours were performed. Multiple applications may be submitted per year, for a maximum of $1,000, however, each request must be for a minimum of 10 hours.
Wilma Jean Smith
March 13, 1930 - January 10, 2021
Wilma Jean (Frair) Smith of Allen, Texas passed away on January 10, 2021 at age of 90. She was born on March 13, 1930 to John Craig Frair and Lola Frances (Pigg) in McKinney, Texas. Wilma married Wylie J.C. Smith on February 8, 1947.
Dear TIAA Member:
2020 was a challenging year for TIAA, and also for so many individuals and organizations throughout the country and the world. But there is HOPE for a brighter 2021 with vaccines on the horizon.
TIAA officers have continued to meet (virtually) each month and our hope is that by sometime in the second half of the new year, health guidelines will allow us to begin holding “live” activities.
TI’s annual “Giving Tuesday” volunteer event will be a bit different this year because of the ongoing public health crisis. Instead of our tradition of North Texas TIers and retirees delivering meals to the elderly and homebound in Dallas and Collin counties, we will offer a menu of virtual volunteer options across nonprofit partners that serve the most at risk – the elderly, the homebound, those who are suffering from hunger, families who are experiencing economic hardships, and LGBTQ youth.
The annual TI Health Benefits Seminar for Medicare-Eligible retirees is a recorded video event this year because of the COVID-19 pandemi so click here to view the video. This video will remain accessible from our website to view at anytime of your choosing in the future. David Carter of VIA Benefits has prepared this video update and also answers questions of a general nature which have been submitted in advance.