Read our official 2013 Annual Review
In the spring of 2013, there were 33 organizations that requested a total of $1.3 million. Through the Community Action Fund we were able to fund about $600,000 of the requests. Not only is United Way of NNM funding community nonprofits, we are also helping our neighbors and friends when unfortunate incidents happen. Investments into the Community Action Fund allowed us to help make bad situations better in 2013.
On September 22, 2013, a rainstorm dumped three inches of rain in 30 minutes in certain areas, causing severe flooding. Many homes were filled with murky water from an overrun Rio Grande and irrigation canals. It took many friends/family volunteer hours to remove valuables from homes and dig out homes. One family in particular had both working members of the family furloughed for sixteen days in addition to their home being flooded. In partnership with Valley National Bank and Regional Development Corporation, and generous supporters like you. United Way’s Community Action Fund was able to offer funding assistance to help get our community members back in their homes. Funding investments were used to reestablish infrastructure for homes. Reconnecting gas services, electric, plumbing and all other essential resources needed to get families back in their homes.
In October of 2013 the United States Government abruptly proceeded to shutdown. Although a full shutdown was not experienced, the affect of the partial Government shutdown was felt by nearly all Northern New Mexicans. An uneasy feeling swept through those effected. United Way of Northern New Mexico gathered the resources that were provided by all services and non-profits entities and established a webpage furloughed community members could reference to find assistance. Luckily the Government came back online in the 11th hour and only a small percentage of community members needed assistance to get them through October.
On occasion some unfortunate events happen to those who are trying to help people in the community. As the case with San Martin de Porres soup kitchen. Thieves broke in and stole about 40 tables used to put on their biggest fundraiser. Through the generous investments into The Community Action Fund, United Way of Northern New Mexico was able to fund the purchase of new tables that will allows San Martin de Porres put on their fundraisers and support themselves. Read More about this story here.
In times like these, United Way of Northern New Mexico looks for ways to provide resources to those who need it most.
We had quite the year in 2013 read all about it in our Annual Report.