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