United Way Campaign Sets Goal to Meet Needs

Executive Director Kristy Ortega of United Way of Northern New Mexico stands beside the United Way thermometer near the Los Alamos Post Office Wednesday afternoon. She raised the red level on the thermometer indicating contributions received to date to $100,000. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com  

Carla Gray Weiser, left, and Executive Director Kristy Ortega United Way of Northern New Mexico near the Los Alamos Post Office Wednesday hang a banner announcing the upcoming United Way Youth Team Hamburger Nite at Hill Diner fundraiser. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

United Way of Northern New Mexico continues to reach out for donations and pledges from local communities and businesses for its campaign fundraiser, which began mid-September and continues through November.

New Executive Director Kristy Ortega wants to raise enough money to help all grant applicants. She set the campaign goal at $1,590,689—the total requested amount of all 32 grant applicants.

These nonprofit organizations have expressed a great community need and United Way wants to meet that need.

United Way asks for your support by donating online at www.UnitedWayNNM.org, participating in your workplace campaign, completing a pledge form online, or attending a fundraising event.

The focus of the campaign is to raise grant money for the United Way Community Action Fund. The grant program funded 24 local nonprofit organizations this spring including:

Upcoming Campaign Events:

Small Business Saturday, participating businesses deadline Friday, Oct. 12

Businesses that would like to be a part of the local shopping initiative, and receive media promotions, need to sign-up by Oct. 12. For additional information, call Kristy Ortega at 663-3891.

High Tea on The Hill, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 in the Los Alamos High School lobby.

Catered by Hot Rocks Java Cafe.

Hamburger Nite at The Hill Diner at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

Catered by The Hill Diner at 1315 Trinity Dr. Come dressed in costume.

Speakeasy Soiree at Dixie Girl Restaurant, Friday, Nov. 16

A roaring 20’s benefit for United Way – Sponsorship opportunities and tickets available. Contact Taylor Guskey at 662-1099 for more information.

Small Business Saturday, Saturday, Nov. 24

An opportunity for local businesses to receive media promotions and to contribute a minimum of 5 percent of sales to United Way.

This partnership is to promote local shopping and a spirit of giving during the holiday season. Businesses will receive publicity through Los Alamos and Espanola media, and the LANL employee giving campaign.

United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) is a grant making organization dedicated to engaging human and financial resources to help meet the needs in our communities through Education, Financial Stability, and Health.

The UWNNM Community Action Fund benefits local nonprofit organizations serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties. For more information call United Way at (505) 662-0800.

Volunteers are working hard on a community mailing that will be mailed to your door next week!

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