2015 Community Action Fund Community Partners

Community Partners

Over $1 million was requested for 49 programs by 38 organizations in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.  United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Community Action Fund grant process concluded with the funding of $600,000 to 25 local nonprofits.  United Way’s funding will reach residents that are to be born this year to those needing assistance in the last stages of life. In 2014, this funding reached 18% of the total population in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba.  Of course, the 18% are those who need it most.

United Way’s funding is always in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health. More specifically, 2015’s funding focuses on the areas of:  Mental Wellness, youth development/mentorship, basic need assistance, Alzheimer services, and rehabilitation services. Visit UnitedWayNNM.org/Community-Partners for full run down on programs funded.

 

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How does the funding get decided?

Funding is recommended to the United Way of NNM Board of Directors by the Community Action Fund Grant Committee based on the pressing needs of the communities. The Community Action Fund Grant Committee is made up of United Way Board Members and community members who donated to the Community Action Fund.  This year’s committee was:

John Arrowsmith County Retiree Community Investor
Stephen Boerigter LANL United Way of NNM Board
Carol Clark LA Daily Post United Way of NNM Board
Don Cobb LANL Retiree United Way of NNM Board
JC Dugger Zia Credit Union UW Youth Teams Sponsor
Christine Hipp LANL Employee Giving Community Investor
Valerie Martinez Century Bank United Way of NNM Board
Nancy Partridge LA Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Cynthia Rooney UNM-LA United Way of NNM Board
Manuel Valdez State Farm Insurance United Way of NNM Board

The committee is advised to read community profiles to get caught up on current needs of the community.  Third party reports are regularly produced to asses the needs and identify the gaps is services for our counties.  United Way Staff facilitates the grant process and advises the committee on needs and gaps to ensure that the most pressing needs are being addressed with resources.  The Grant Committee’s recommendation goes to the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors for approval.

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Summer Tours

United Way of Northern New Mexico is giving you the opportunity to see how your investment is making an impact.   Meet the people who you are touching with your investment.  Also see programs in action and meet the passionate people who are working to make a difference in people’s lives.  “It’s just so inspiring to see all of the good happening that you don’t always hear about.” says Jeremy Varela, United Way staff and donor. “Talk about a refreshing getaway! I left for an afternoon and came home with a heart full of positive emotions.”  Contact United Way to get on the schedule of tours.  505.662.0800 or info@UnitedWayNNM.org

United Way says Thank You!

It would not be possible to touch so many lives in our community with out the support of many individuals and organizations.  Thank you all who have been involved with United Way in 2014; you are a reason our community is a fantastic place to live. On Thursday, March 5th, United Way of Northern New … Continue reading

2015 Community Action Fund Granting Process

The 2015 Community Action Fund Grant process began March 16th with the release of the Request for Proposals.  The Community Action Fund aims at tackling the most pressing challenges in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.  United Way of Northern New Mexico utilizes research done for community health profiles to measure where the most resources are needed.  Here are some reports that identify the need in our community.

Application process now closed.
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United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) kicked off the Community Action Fund Grant Process at the Annual Meeting Tuesday, March 17th. United Way of Northern New Mexico funds 501 (c) 3 nonprofits in the areas of education, financial stability, and health in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.  If you are a nonprofit working in these areas you are encouraged to attend the annual meeting to learn more about the grant process and more specifics on the needs of the community.

Nonprofits join United Way to Close out Fundraising Campaign

Thank you Los Alamos and Rio Arriba County for helping to raise over a half a million dollars! Thousands of individuals in our communities are touched by United Way fundraising. An estimated 18% of the population in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba county were impacted by programs and non-profits funded by the United Way of Northern New Mexico Community Action Fund.  A number of those non-profits  came to help close out United Way’s fundraising campaign and to say thank you for your generosity!
In the photo from left to right. Diane Martinez of YMCA, Ellen Morris-Bond of Self Help (2-1-1), Jeremy Smith of YMCA, Paula Gurule of La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba, Suzan Royal of San Martin de Porres, Kristy Ortega of United Way of NNM, Mona Romero of San Martin de Porres, Susan Mack of Family Strengths Network, Maria Wolfe of National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Carrie Fanning of Family Strengths Network, Stephanie Fresquez of Amigos de Valle.

In the photo from left to right.
Diane Martinez of YMCA, Ellen Morris-Bond of Self Help (2-1-1), Jeremy Smith of YMCA, Paula Gurule of La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba, Suzan Royal of San Martin de Porres, Kristy Ortega of United Way of NNM, Mona Romero of San Martin de Porres, Susan Mack of Family Strengths Network, Maria Wolfe of National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Carrie Fanning of Family Strengths Network, Stephanie Fresquez of Amigos de Valle.

United Way of Northern New Mexico will now work on making an impact in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba by creating programs through collaborations and funding nonprofits all focused on the most pressing, current needs in the community.  “In previous years, the perception has been that United Way’s work is done after all the money is raised.  That is far from correct.” says Kristy Ortega, United Way of NNM Executive Director. “We have been tracking what is going on in the Los Alamos and Rio Arriba all year long.  We have  formed working relationships with organizations to put us in a position to assure  the funds raised make the most impact possible.”
Grants from the Community Action Fund will be available in March.  If you are serving residents in Los Alamos or Rio Arriba County in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, and/or Health, follow United Way of NNM to see when the requests for proposals for grants are announced.
Thank you for your investment in your community through the United Way of Northern New Mexico!
“The equipment and appliances purchased with Grants received from UNWNNM has made the SMDP Soup Kitchen’s outreach to the poor and needy of our area more effective and efficient.  We are ever so grateful!”
Suzan Roybal, San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen
“At Self Help,Inc. our programs thrive because of funding and support from United Way of Northern New Mexico.  The 2-1-1 Information and Referral Project, sponsored by United Way, has been a great asset our region.”
Ellen Morris-Bond, Self Help, Inc. and 2-1-1
“Funding from United Way of Northern New Mexico has made it possible for NDI New Mexico to reach almost 460 children in grades K and 3through 8 teaching them to work hard, do their best, never give up and be healthy! Children are participating in joyful, vigorous exercise and developing skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives, in school and in life.”
As one graduate of the program recently wrote and told us: “I could never have asked for a better experience than when I was dancing with NDI. Every instructor helped, pushed and motivated me to become a strong, healthy, courageous and happy individual. And I would like to thank all of you for always being there for me.”

Barbara J. Kastner, NDI New Mexico at The Dance Barns

A Photo Journey Through 2014

We touched many lives in 2014 and we are forever grateful for all of the support from the community. Click Here for Photo Display  

LANL Helps Raise the United Way Thermometer

If you work for Los Alamos National Labratory (LANL) you are probably aware that LANL and United Way of Northern New Mexico work together to raise money for nonprofits through LANL’s Employee Giving Campaign.  What you may not know is that there is more to this partnership than just working together on a fundraising campaign. … Continue reading

Raymond has his first role model of healthy adult behavior

Despite his outgoing and curious nature Raymond was frustrated and prone to acting out. He’s a super bright child with street smarts. Vicki is a bright, engaging volunteer, retired from work in the public sector. She has a bold, “take charge” enthusiasm that makes it fun to connect with her. Vicki met Raymond when he was just 6 … Continue reading

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