UWNNM PRESS RELEASE
United Way of Northern New Mexico hosts its Fall Community Celebration and Fundraising Luncheon at Fuller Lodge on Saturday, October 9e 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will kick off the 2022 fundraising cycle, showcase Centraide’s leadership and board of directors, and host a community resource fair. The event is free and open to the public, donations are encouraged during the event and can also be made online at: https://www.unitedwaynnm.org/donate
The Fall Fundraising Luncheon invites current and new United Way donors of Northern New Mexico to contribute to the Community Action Fund. The Community Action Fund provides essential funding to nonprofit organizations serving Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties with a focus on four priority areas: youth education and mentoring, behavioral health and support for parents, food and housing and transportation for the elderly. The event will feature talented young people from the region with Native American hoop dance performances from the Lightning Boy Foundation, Latin cultural dances from Moving Arts Espanola and musical performances from the Los Alamos Jazz Project.
A hot, healthy, fresh, and organic breakfast will be provided by Chef Chris Laino of Los Alamos Market Co-Op, featuring herbed roast chicken or chipotle grated beef, oven roasted vegetables and soup. Chef Christopher Laino began his culinary training at the age of 13 at his father’s restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio and has since traveled the country honing his culinary skills. From fine dining to backyard barbecues and everything in between, Christopher has accumulated 24 years in the culinary industry and continues to build and innovate in and out of the kitchen. Most recently, Chef Christopher partnered with the Los Alamos Co-operative Market to create organic, local, tasty and prepared foods, as well as a catering program for the enjoyment of Los Alamos. Lunch is free for all current United Way donors who have responded by phone at (505) 662-0800 or [email protected] The public and potential donors are encouraged to join us for free entertainment and purchase a $ 10 lunch ticket at the Los Alamos Market Co-operative Service Station.
“United Way of Northern New Mexico is rising up to meet today’s challenges,” says Executive Director Monica Griego, “In 2021, our community partners and beneficiaries served more meals, provided shelter for more. ‘individuals and families, delivered more boxes of food to older adults, and met the basic needs and educational supports of more of our rural and border communities than ever before. The need to support our non-profit direct service agencies has never been greater, and the determination and commitment of our partner agencies to improve the lives of residents in our area has never been greater. Our four-star Charity Navigator financial rating demonstrates that our organization exceeds industry standards for financial health, accountability and transparency. We are ready to create big changes in the region.
The Community Resource Fair features United Way grant recipients of northern New Mexico, community partners and business supporters. Currently, the Community Action Fund supports twenty-four nonprofit direct service agencies serving the counties of Rio Arriba and Los Alamos, some of which will be present. Partners funded by Community Action 2021 include: Cancer Foundation of New Mexico, Canones Early Childhood Center, Casa Esperanza, CASA First Foster Program, El Rito Library, Embudo Valley Library, Embudo Valley Tutoring, Explora Science Center, Family Strengths Network, Family YMCA, Inside Out, Las Cumbres Community Center, Los Alamos Family Council, Luciente, Inc., Mesa to Mesa Emergency Home Repairs, McCurdy Schools, Moving Arts Espanola, Northern Youth Project, Ojo Sarco Community Center, Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program, San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, Self Help, Inc., The Food Depot, and Truchas Preschool Service Center.