United Way Youth Team Raises Thermometer

Thank you, United Way Youth team.  Your creativity, energy, and commitment to doing great things for the community is inspiring. United Way of Northern New Mexico was able to raise the Community Action Fund thermometer partly because of the work the Youth Team did raising money with their four annual fundraisers.  If you have not been … Continue reading

United Way of NNM Cooks it up at Ronald McDonald House

In September, the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board and staff attended their annual site visit at Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque.  At the conclusion of the visit United Way of NNM cooked up a taco bar buffet for those who are staying at the house.  Ronald McDonald House helps so many families from … Continue reading

Secret Problems in Los Alamos

BHyoutubeScreenshot100+ Women Who Care is a powerful group wanting to have a positive impact on those in need here in the Los Alamos area.  Their mission is to reach out and help our community by collecting contributions for local non profits. Funds raised during this first set of events are going towards the Behavior Health Awareness Campaign creating awareness while working towards “normalizing” behavioral health issues and the stigma associated with treating them. A survey of the 100+ Women Who  Care – Los Alamos was asked, “What topics would you most like to learn about or discuss in this group?”  Over half of the members who voted selected behavioral health.  PAC-8 has assisted in the creation of this commercial and we are currently working to grant out funds to non-profits in Los Alamos with programs providing mental and behavioral health services.

It’s normal to have problems you need to talk to someone about.  You are not alone.  Call 2-1-1 or 855.662.6211 to find resources for you or a friend to talk with.

If you or someone you know is going through a crisis call 1(855) NMCRISIS (662-7474) for assistance 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

A Tale of Three Sisters

Twenty-five years ago, three sisters, Theodora, Erlinda, and Suzie embarked on a pilgrimage to Medjugorie. Their journey completely changed the direction of their lives were headed. They knew that they had a new calling that shaped the life goals they once hoped to achieve. Being already involved in the local pilgrimage the sisters and their … Continue reading

SOC Helps With First Thermometer Rising of The Season

DSC02117On September 16th, The United Way of Northern New Mexico kicked off the annual fundraising campaign.   SOC has been supporting United Way of Northern New Mexico since they arrived in 1998 and have invested nearly $300,000 to the United Way and the Community Action Fund.  Jack Kileen and Liddie Martinez  of SOC joined United Way of Northern New Mexico Board President, Steve Boerigter, and Executive Director, Kristy Ortega, to raise the Community Action Fund Thermometer.  The Community Action Fund Thermometer measures the amount of funds that were requested by nonprofits in the past funding cycle and what United Way has currently raised. Investments that come from Cornerstone Companies such a SOC, cover the cost of doing business for United Way of Northern New Mexico.  This allows all investments into the Community Action Fund to go to programs and service directly helping the community.   Thank you SOC and our other Cornerstone Companies who make this possible. DSC02119

Driven to Start a New Life, Kathy Finds Hope From NonProfit

Kathy was a stay-at-home mom looking at her battered tearful face in the mirror.  Many thoughts were running through her head as she cleaned the blood and tears from the sink.  “Where can I go? How can I  leave with no means to pay for anything?”  Kathy came to the realization that she and her girls deserved better.  With the images of her daughters in her head, she made the decision to leave; it would be hard, but it had to be done.  They could no longer take the physical, emotional and mental abuse.  They fled, leaving all of their belongings and that town, and began their lives anew.  After 12 years of being a stay-at-home mom, Kathy, had to become a working mother.  Because of a Family YMCA in Los Alamos scholarship Kathy enrolled two of her daughters in programs to help keep them busy after school and in the summer.  Kathy could see that attendance at Y Summer Camp was bringing them out of the mentally dark places they had known.  The camp was helping the girls start their healing process. Through other connections made at the Y, Kathy was able to find employment. YMCA GirlsHer young adult daughter also was offered a job through a Y connection, which restored her self-esteem and confidence as well as gave her a feeling of accomplishment.  “My Family and I are very grateful for the financial assistance that we have received and continue to receive,” she says. “Without the scholarship assistance, these last 18 months would have been much harder to bear for both me and my children.”

Kathy and the girls restarted their lives with the assistance of a scholarship from The Family YMCA in Los Alamos.  United Way of Northern New Mexico has been a supporting partner of the Y since 1955. For all of you who have continually made this funding possible for the scholarships, we thank you.  Thank you for giving Kathy and her daughters an opportunity to get back on their feet.

For more information about the YMCA please visit their website www.laymca.org

Click here if you would like to help make more stories like Kathy’s possible.

Names and images were changed to respect the privacy of the family in this story. 

Tea Time with United Way Youth Team

Zoe & Onnolee

Zoe Hemez and Onnolee Englert-Erickson, co-producers of High Tea on the Hill

Hello! We are Onnolee and Zoe from the United Way Youth Team. We are super excited about the event we organized, called High Tea On The Hill! This event was a great chance for tea lovers in the community to get together and talk about all things tea! The entire United Way Youth Team has been planning it and is very excited to host this tea party. The “mad hatter” theme was so interesting and fun, so we invite you to wear your best or silliest tea hat, and the two attendees with the Pictures of the best hats coming soon.  . All of the profits made from this event will fund local youth programs throughout the community.


Onnolee Englert-Erickson and Zoe Hemez on behalf of the United Way Youth Team

To donate to youth programs through this event use this link.

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