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