Forecasting for Life After Retirement

IMG_1872Days of alarm-free waking up and countless hours of doing what you want to do is the part of retirement we are all looking forward to.  For some of us,  those days are just around the corner.  Are you financial and mentally ready for this new way of life?  United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) and The Foundation for Financial Wellness, a non-profit hosted a small group of community members on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 to discuss, ‘Forecasting for Life After Work.’  This workshop helped individuals headed to retirement verify their income needs, sources of income, and calculate their gap.

Something that also came out of the workshop was keeping your mind sharp through volunteering with United Way and other local nonprofits.

Don Cobb, UWNNM Board Member, spoke briefly about his volunteering experiences after retirement, not only with UWNNM but also the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.

Here are three tips on choosing what causes you should support.

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Let us know if you are interested in future learning opportunities around taxes, estate planning, and creating a “debt free life.”   There is be another workshop in October.

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Days of Action

United Way’s Day of Action is a day for people and organizations  to LIVE UNITED and do something good for the community and the people in it. This year, United Way of Northern New Mexico partnered with Del Norte Credit Union and the City of Espanola to clean up Valdez Park.  Litter and broken lights have been an … Continue reading

Summer Tours With United Way of NNM

In this fast-paced digital age we see many heart-warming stories, random acts of kindness, and stories that inspire us from all over the world.   United Way has sees stories just like these and they are happening right in our backyards.  You have helped make these stories. Through June, July, and August United Way representatives arranged tours for anyone to take part in.  This year, many took advantage of this opportunity and visited a variety of nonprofits who are making a difference in the community.

McCurdy Ministries

Project Carino team who helps youth through difficult situations and struggles

Embudo Library & Tutoring

Embudo Team has created community hub around Library

For us here at United Way this has been THE MOST rewarding part of our job and we urge you to take some time to partake in a visit or two.   We cannot express enough how this has enhanced our own personal giving experience.

Contact us if you would like to tour your community nonprofits. Call 505.662.0800 or Email info@UnitedWayNNM.org to join a tour

Amigos del Valle

Amigos del Valle clients express much gratitude for this service

San Martin de Porres

San Martin Soup Kitchen skewering deliciousness

2015 Community Action Fund Community Partners

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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

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  • Dinner over diamond September 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Overpass/LAHS This unique dining experience takes place over Diamond Drive. Have dinner from a new perspective and watch the sunset over LA Mountain on this September evening. Call 662.0800 for more info
  • United Way of Northern New Mexico Campaign Kick Off September 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ashley Pond, Santa Fe National Forest, Los Alamos, NM 87544, U SA
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