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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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