Volunteers pitch in to help clean up an outdoor area at Aspen Ridge. Volunteers not in the photo are Rick Reiss and Morrie Pongratz. Courtesy photo
United Way’s Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that we ask community volunteers to engage in activity to help us put our mission into action by improving lives of those in our community.
This year, United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) partnered with the Los Alamos Retirement Community to rejuvenate an outdoor space for their residents in the dementia unit. The projects included shoveling up weeds and prepping a large area to be tilled and seeded so that the residents will have a level grassy area, laying down, concrete edgers, and sanding/staining benches, tables and chairs.
This Day of Action Project this year came to be after learning about all of the requirements that must be in place for the safety of the residents, especially when it comes to being outside. “We are thrilled to be able to work with Mary Yamada and the rest of the folks at Aspen Ridge. The Day of Action Clean-up is just the one of many opportunities we have with them to serve our community,” UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega said.
The generosity of our Regional Partners and our Cornerstone organizations made it possible for UWNNM to identify and coordinate these types of activities; Los Alamos National Lab/LANS LLC. (Regional Partners), Los Alamos National Bank, SOC, Los Alamos Medical Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM, Cray, Inc., RE/MAX of Los Alamos and JB Henderson Construction.
Special thanks to Metzger’s Do It Best who graciously donated needed supplies! Also, thank you to Phil Hoffer and Oasis Landscaping for the time/tools contribution! Of course, we couldn’t have done the project without our volunteers, thank you!