United Way Thanks Supporters as Campaign Thermometer Rises

United Way of Northern New Mexico Campaign Chairs Gene and Wendy Schmidt, left, and Executive Director Kristy Ortega raise the campaign fundraising thermometer Tuesday. Courtesy/UWNNM


United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) raises its campaign thermometer to $500,000, Tuesday and donations are still being counted.

United Way thanks community members and small businesses of Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties, as well as LANL employees and LANS for their investment in this year’s campaign fundraiser.

Dr. Gene and Wendy Schmidt led the fundraising this year as Campaign Chairs. This year’s campaign goal was set to match grant applicants’ total requested funding amount.

United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega explained, “We’re going to continue to reach toward our $1.5 million goal in the future in order to help more nonprofit organizations through our grant program. We plan to have more of a year-round presence in order to better serve our community.”

Several community events were held to raise funds during the campaign including four Youth Team events, Speakeasy Soiree, Small Business Saturday, and a Celtic Christmas Showdown concert.

United Way is very thankful for the support given by the community with special thanks to:

  • Danette Clark and Taylor Guskey, Los Alamos National Bank, Speakeasy Soiree coordinators
  • Denise Lane, The Hill Diner and Dixie Girl Restaurant owner
  • Wendy Songe, Jonathan Dowell, and Tessa Dowell (Celtic Christmas concert musicians)
  • Mike Lippiatt (Celtic Christmas concert coordinator)
  • Youth Team officers and event coordinators Jordan Ahlers (Chair), Lauren Burr (Secretary), Laura Wendelberger (Treasurer), Justin Dunn, Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, Sarah Tripplehorn, Lindsay Roach, Kaylee Burk, Amy Neal and Ben Stewart.

United Way’s goal is to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. The LIVE UNITED® message is about inviting everyone to join United Way in making a difference.

The organization is reliant on the generosity of community members and businesses to sustain its grant program.

UWNNM is a grantmaker dedicated to engaging human and financial resources to help meet the needs in our communities through Education, Income and Health.

The United Way Community Action Fund benefits local nonprofit organizations serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties. The grant program funded 24 local nonprofit organizations in 2012.

A complete list is available on the United Way website. United Way of Northern New Mexico welcomes donations throughout the year.

Tax-deductible donations can be given online at www.UnitedWayNNM.org. For more information call United Way at (505) 662-0800.


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