United Way of Northern New Mexico

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

From Suffering to Strength to Barrios Unidos – A New Recovery Facility in Chimayo

From Lupe L. Salazar, Barrios Unidos:   Fourteen years ago, I began a fruitless search to find help for Fernando. He had just turned 18 and landed in the Espanola City Jail with his 1st Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge.  He walked out of jail, a Tecato, a junkie, an intravenous user. I went to … Continue reading

A New Way to Measure Community Action

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.

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.

Here at United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) the people we touch have been, and will always be, on the forefront of the work we do.  For years we measured the money we raised in the Fall.  Looking at this made us scratch our head and ask ourselves ‘is this the measure of our successes?’  Digging into the programs we work with and asking our community partners we realized that just $50 a year can help one person utilize the services they need. Not to mention possibly helping the family of the individual.  $50!  ”It was incredible to find out that such a small amount per year can go such a long way to help someone,” UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega said. “This really speaks to how our nonprofits can effectively and efficiently use resources.”  Now we know on average what it takes to assist someone for a year and can measure the lives we touch.  At this year’s Community Action Fund Campaign Kickoff we unveiled our new way of measuring. The Community Action Fundraising thermometer in front of the Los Alamos Post Office will measure people assisted rather than funds raised.  After all, isn’t really about the people we serve?

In 2017, UWNNM has a goal of helping 12,200 people have access to nonprofit services in the area of education, health and financial stability. This year, UWNNM announced its concentration on behavioral health services as this is an area with many gaps in resources and great need to residents in Northern New Mexico.

For a full listing of programs funded by UWNNM in 2016, visit https://unitedwaynnm. org/community-partners/.

To donate to United Way’s Community Action Fund, visit https://unitedwaynnm.org/donate/ or call 505.662.0800.

Resource Advocate Steers Family to Recovery

Andrea, a divorced Mother of several children, needs assistance with her teenage daughter, Sally, who is experiencing depression, anxiety, and was referred by the Probation Officer for Truancy. Their father moved away less than two months ago and continues to communicate with the children weekly. The family lives in small home and Andrea works part-time while children are in … Continue reading

2016 Community Action Funded Partners

Picking a charitable organization to invest in is quite the task in 2016. Luckily, investors in United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Community Action Fund leave the choosing up to the experts in the field of nonprofit work. United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) works in the communities of Northern New Mexico and has … Continue reading

United Way Youth Team Invests in Mental Health First Aid


Kristy Ortega and Emily Hopkins, United Way Youth Team, present check to Stacy Baker from JJAB. David Woodruff, Zia Credit Union and United Way Youth Team Sponsor

The money raised by the United Way Youth Team is now invested in programs focused on youth.  The last two years the Youth Team fundraising has been invested in behavioral health, LinkCrew, a peer to peer mentoring program and in 2016, the Youth Team has invested in training High School Staff on Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA.)

The 8 hour training takes place outside of school hours. YMHFA is designed to teach adults who regularly interact with youth how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. While the program is designed as a training for participants, the nature of the curriculum is such that the entire community of Los Alamos, from its youngest to its oldest, stands to benefit from the greater ability of those trained to identity and act upon signs of a youth in crisis.   If you are interested in attending upcoming trainings, please contact Stacy Baker at JJAB, starrybaker@gmail.com



4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator for 8th Consecutive Year

  United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the eighth consecutive time that UWNNM has earned this top distinction, indicating its sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency. Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded … Continue reading

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