United Way of Northern New Mexico

United Way of NNM Surpasses Fundraising Goal.

From left, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega, UWNNM Board President Steve Boerigter, UWNNM Board Member Jill Cook, UWNNM Campaign Chair and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and UWNNM Board Member Valerie Martinez.

In 2016, United Way of Northern New Mexico changed the way fundraising was measured.  Roughly about $50 a year provides services for residents in Community Action funded programs.  A goal of 12,200 residents, or $610,000, was set as the fundraising goal.  Investors, both personal and business, responded generously and $631,306 is available for Community Action Fund Grants an estimated 12,626 residents will be touched by programs and services in 2017-2018.  The granting window opened on Friday, March 10. If you would like more info on areas eligible for granting please visit https://unitedwaynnm.org/funding/

Kathy Keith, Director, LANL CPO, and David Lyons, LANL General Manager, raise the thermometer passed our 2017 goal of 12,200 residents

Thanks to our Cornerstone Companies, United Way of NNM is able to work in the community and this year 100% of personal donations will be going to programs and services for Los Alamos and Rio Arriba residents who need them.




Many of the community-minded individuals who enable United Way of NNM to touch more residents in the communities we serve. Thanks to each and every one of you.




Don & Connie Cobb, 2016 Service Above and Beyond Award


Don & Connie Cobb are long time Los Alamos residents who have retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since retiring they have been busy giving back to the community they raised their children in. Don served as a United Way Board Member from 2007 to 2016. Co-founded Somos Amigos and currently working with the STEM to Read Program in Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos Community Foundation. Their passion to give back is truly inspiring and we felt it only right they be recognized with the 2016 Service Above and Beyond Award.

Los-Alamos-Medical-CenterUnited Way of Northern New Mexico has had a longstanding partnership with Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC).  With their mission of “Making Communities Healthier, “ LAMC has supported United Way of Northern New Mexico through our Cornerstone Program in addition to many other types of support.  More recently, LAMC has hosted a series of monthly meetings for our Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.  As one of their five guiding principals states, “Taking a leadership role in our communities,” their support of UWNNM and many other nonprofits in Northern New Mexico is why they were recognized as the 2016 Philanthropist of the year.

Linnea and marie

Linnea Poretti and Marie Marroquin

Linnea Poretti came to United Way of Northern New Mexico after attending a training hosted by UWNNM titled “Retirement Wellness.”  We see Linnea once a week since then and are honored she has chosen UWNNM to spend her time with.    Linnea regularly spends her time with United Way of Northern NM doing database and general office. We know it has been a lot of work, and Linnea has done a wonderful job. In 2016 she was such an important part of our organization it is fitting that she is the 2016 Volunteer of the year.

Most of all thanks to all of you who invested time and dollars into United Way’s mission to bring Education, Health, and Financial Stability to all in the areas we serve.  We know we all have to invest in the community’s challenges and we are forever grateful you choose to invest your resources on front end.

Tackling Behavioral Health Issues Kicks off 2017 for United Way of Northern NM

United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) has started 2017 being actively involved in community discussions around behavioral health.  On January 19, UWNNM joined Los Alamos Public School’s (LAPS) Healthy School Initiative to host a Department of Health (DOH) presentation on ‘Risk Factors for Suicidal Behaviors among Youth.’  This presentation was open to the public … Continue reading

Behavior Health Initiative Group Aimed at Developing More Resources

The United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) Group is working to provide resources, raise awareness and normalize behavioral and mental health issues in Los Alamos. With in-depth research and discussions of strategy and advocacy, the group deals with issues ranging from improved crisis intervention to statewide concerns and insurance policy. The group has met for … Continue reading

Local Businesses Give Back to Community.

For many businesses Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to invite shoppers in their doors and celebrate the season of giving.  In Los Alamos the giving spirit comes full circle. Many businesses take the opportunity to donate a portion of sales to local nonprofits.  CB Fox, Metzger’s Hardware and the Art Center at Fuller Lodge chose to donate to the critical areas United Way of Northern New Mexico works in.  Programs in behavioral health,  education, and financial stability we all be helped by their generosity.

Andy Fox of CB Fox presents check to Kristy Ortega of United Way of NNM. photo credit Arin McKenna

Andy Fox of CB Fox presents check to Kristy Ortega of United Way of NNM. photo credit Arin McKenna, Los Alamos Monitor


David Jolly and Metzger's Hardware present check for United Way of Northern New Mexico

David Jolly and Metzger’s Hardware present check for United Way of Northern New Mexico

Since Small Business Saturday started locally in 2012, Metzger’s Hardware stated that store revenues have gone up 31%.  Thank you to all who made the effort to support your community by shopping on Small Business Saturday.  To our businesses who made our nonprofits a little stronger, our community is a wonderful place because of your presence and generosity, thank you!

United Way Youth Team Raises Thermometer

Fresh off of hosting four events in two months, the United Way Youth Team helped pump up the Community Action Fund thermometer.  All of their events raised over $1,000 each.  All of which will be going to programs helping youth.  Last year the youth team gave a generous donation to Juvenile Justice Advisory Board to help bring mental health first aid to those working with youth. Mainly teachers and facility at Los Alamos Public Schools.

Thank you to all of the local businesses who supported the Youth Team this year and made their fundraising possible.

Zia Credit Union

Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos County

KRSN FM 107.1

Los Alamos Teen Center

Pig + Fig Cafe

Secret City Kitchen

Bob’s Bodacious BBQ


Special thanks to our volunteers who made these events happen.  Margaret Ellis, Cathe McClard, Kurt Steinhaus, Troy Hughes.  Very special thanks to Morrie Pongratz for his never-ending support for youth in our community.


You can always donate to the United Way Youth Team to help fund youth programs in Los Alamos.  Just click here


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When Community Action Funds Leave Our Counties

United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) Community Action Fund (CAF) is helping a nonprofit in Albuquerque and another in Santa Fe.   Can’t they find a nonprofit in their service area to provide similar services?  Actually, no, they can’t and, probably shouldn’t for these particular services.  Ronald McDonald house, located in Albuquerque, serves residents in … Continue reading

Cornerstone Investors and Regional Partner Boost Thermometer

There is a cost of doing business in all industries, even the nonprofit industry.  United Way of Northern New Mexico has had the pleasure to partner with businesses so that these costs are covered.  The Cornerstone program of UWNNM gives the opportunity for businesses to invest in United Way to allow for research, coordination & advocating … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

  • Potential CAF Grantee Interviews May 8, 2017 – May 11, 2017
  • United Way of NNM Board Approval of CAF Grants May 16, 2017

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