UWNNM Issues Community Call to Action!

The yard in Los Alamos is one of four that will be cleaned up and manicured during the UWNNM Day of Action. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
Volunteers will pull these weeds and trim the yard at this Los Alamos home during Friday’s Call to Action. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com


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 United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) asks community volunteers to engage in activity to help put its mission into action by improving lives of those in the community. 

This year, UWNNM has partnered with the Los Alamos Fire Department, Los Alamos County, American Legion Post 90 and Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization to identify homes in the community that could use a little help with yard clean up. The projects range from pulling weeds, trimming shrubs, filling in holes and trenches to disposing of debris.  

“This is a wonderful way to help some of our seniors who wish to stay in their home but this is a task that is now beyond their capability and I applaud the volunteers for doing this,” said Betty Ehart Senior Center Programs Director Pauline Schneider of the Los Alamos Senior Center.

The Day of Action is issuing a CALL TO VOLUNTEERS in the Los Alamos Community! The plan is to meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 26t in the Judicial Complex parking lot at 2500 Trinity Dr. There, we will coordinate volunteers based on the needs of the different projects and encourage carpools to the residential areas.  We will plan to finish at noon.  

This Day of Action Project this year came to be when United Way of Northern New Mexico chose their upcoming campaign chair, LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes.

“We are thrilled to be able to work with Chief Hughes and all of LAFD this year. LAFD does so many wonderful things in our communities and we hope that the Day of Action Clean up is just the first of many opportunities we will have with them to server our community,” say Kristy Ortega, Executive Director, United Way of Northern New Mexico. 

Chief Hughes was appointed to lead the Los Alamos Fire Department in October of 2011. He is very involved in his community. He is the past president of the Los Alamos Public Safety Officers Association and his term as president of the Los Alamos Rotary Club ends June 30. He has served as the treasurer for the Los Alamos Committee for Higher Education and is a perpetual member of the Los Alamos Chapter of the Military Order of World War.

Chief Hughes will be assisted by new Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus as he prepares to head up next year’s United Way campaign.

​All Day of Action volunteers will need to bring their own tools that they are ​comfortable working with. We recommend gloves, rakes, shovels, gardening and weeding tools, etc. We will provide a snack in the morning and water throughout the event.  

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Kristy Ortega at 505-663 3891 or kristy@unitedwaynnm.org


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