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Triad Donates $150K Grant To UWNNM To Address Substance Abuse Issues In Northern New Mexico

on September 25, 2019 - 9:30am

Gathered at the United Way of Northern New Mexico 2019/20 Campaign Kickoff and Annual Meeting Tuesday evening in the Mision Y Convento in Española, from left, Board President Liddie Martinez, LANL Director Dr. Thom Mason wearing the cap presented to him in appreciation by United Way, 2019/20 Campaign Chair John Sarrao and Executive Director Cindy Padilla. On behalf of Triad, Dr. Mason presented a $151,500 grant to United Way to support the Rio Arriba Collective Impact Initiative to End Substance Abuse and Violence. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL Director Thom Mason addresses the crowd gathered Tuesday evening in the Mision Y Convento in Española. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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  • Funding from Los Alamos National Laboratory operator Triad will support United Way of Northern New Mexico’s collective impact initiative

An innovative program to tackle substance abuse in the Española and Pojoaque Valleys will benefit from a $151,500 grant to United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) from Los Alamos National Laboratory operator Triad National Security, LLC.

“Before Triad even began operating the Laboratory, the people of Rio Arriba County and the Pojoaque Valley made it clear to us that substance abuse is a significant, pressing issue for their communities,” said Thom Mason, LANL director and president of Triad, who announced the grant Tuesday at UWNNM’s annual meeting and 2019/20 fundraising campaign kick-off at the Mision y Convento in Española. “Triad is grateful to have the ability to support this initiative. We are committed to the health and wellness of the people and the communities that surround the Laboratory.”

Triad’s grant to UWNNM will support the Rio Arriba Collective Impact Initiative to End Substance Abuse and Violence, led in part by Roger Montoya, co-founder of Moving Arts Española, who was recently selected as a 2019 CNN Hero. The initiative facilitates collective action among a group of committed partners that include nonprofit service providers, community groups, education institutions, and state and local governments to address substance abuse issues in the Española and Pojoaque Valleys and broader physical and behavioral health issues such as violence and homelessness.

“Working together as a community is the best way to address substance abuse issues in our area,” Española Mayor Javier Sanchez said. “I welcome Triad’s grant to the United Way that will help support this dynamic collaboration.”

The funds from Triad will support coordination among the partner organizations, provide them with tools and resources, and build collaboration and capacity as they work towards shared goals.

“Triad’s investment will support United Way’s contribution to the collective impact initiative as we mentor young people, help develop the metrics that will track all the partners’ progress, and advocate for the broad changes needed to help with substance abuse preventions and interventions,” UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla said.

Based in Los Alamos, with locations in Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties, UWNNM works to improve the lives of children and families in the region, with a focus on education, financial stability, and health and wellness. 

Triad’s investment forms part of its Community Commitment Plan approved by the National Nuclear Security Administration. The plan outlines the company’s support for economic development, education and community giving in the region around the Laboratory.

About Triad

Triad – the prime contractor of Los Alamos National Laboratory – is a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

LANL Director Thom Mason speaks to the audience at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event with UWNNM Board Member Steve Renfro, center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UWNNM Board President Liddie Martinez addresses the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla speaks at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Gary Fallé of the University of California’s Office of National Laboratories, CNN Hero and UWNNM staff member Roger Montoya, LANL Community Programs Office Director Kathy Keith and Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey chat at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, UWNNM President Liddie Martinez, 2019/20 Campaign Chair John Sarrao, Diane Hurtado, associate vice chancellor for National Laboratories Management at Texas A&M, LANL Director Thom Mason, YMCA Española Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, LANL engineer Rob Wilde and UWNNM Board Secretary Michelle Harkey-Wilde dining at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Diane Hurtado, associate vice chancellor for National Laboratories Management at Texas A&M and Gary Fallé of the University of California’s Office of National Laboratories attend the United Way of Northern New Mexico 2019/20 Campaign Kickoff and Annual Meeting Tuesday evening in the Mision Y Convento in Española. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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