Nonprofits are a staple in making a community a great place to live, but what nonprofit has the ability to address the most pressing overall needs of the community? It’s your United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM). This past year UWNNM has been working with the health councils, public schools, and other community minded organizations in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba to stay up to date with the most pressing needs in our community. Through engagement with individuals, organizations and business, United Way is able to spot and fill gaps within our community. United Way’s Community Action Fund focuses on filling these gaps by providing resources to non-profits who are experts in their field to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. UWNNM supports collaborations with other organizations and has led local efforts to start up programs that help better our community. This is all because of you!
This year UWNNM positioned their request for funding to focus on the greatest needs of our community. Thirty-three organizations applied for nearly $1.1 million in funding. Generous donations (investments in the community) and support from partners, businesses and organizations has made it possible to fund $600,000 of these requests. Over the last three weeks the Community Action Fund Grant Committee was brought up to speed on the needs of the community. They read through all applications and interviewed potential grantees. The Grant Committee’s recommendations for funding were approved by the UWNNM Board of Directors on May 20, 2014. Twenty-six organizations were funded this year in the areas of: mental wellness, child development, mentorship and youth support, financial stability, physical health programs, capital investments.
“The grant process always difficult because everyone you see is out doing great things for people. We are excited to work with our partners and to share the stories of how, together, we are helping our friends, neighbors and bettering our community.” says United Way Executive Director, Kristy Ortega.