United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM) will announce its new name at a community event from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe. The name will be “revealed” during a short program at 3:30 p.m. But be sure to come earlier! Donations of nonperishable food will be accepted; donations will go to Bienvenidos Food Pantry in Santa Fe. Plus, attendees will be able to ice skate for free from 2 to 4 p.m. after visiting with agencies to learn more about the services being offered in Santa Fe County. Genoveva Chavez Community Center is located at 3221 Rodeo Road.
Announcing United Ways of Central New Mexico’s New Name
The new name reflects UWCNM’s responsiveness to the community of Santa Fe County, which became part of the organization’s service area in 2021. UWCNM now serves people in five counties (the four counties in addition to Santa Fe are Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia) to create educational opportunities and help families build resiliency. A committee comprised of representatives of Santa Fe and UWCNM devoted a year to conversations to help identify gaps in services, build connections and collaborate with the nonprofit community, and strengthen relationships with the business and philanthropic community in the county.
“Our new name demonstrates our commitment to the region and all the people we serve,” says Rodney Prunty, president and CEO of UWCNM. “Our presence and ability to serve our communities means that more of our neighbors will have a chance to build a life that supports their aspirations.”
United Way’s Local Accomplishments
In July 2022, $400,000 was awarded to 20 nonprofit organizations in Santa Fe County. The grants were made possible by a gift to UWCNM by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The unrestricted funding to nonprofits will further their ability to address community needs and to help them build their capacity to strengthen their programs and services. The grant applications were reviewed by a panel of volunteers from Santa Fe.
In addition to grants, UWCNM operates, in partnership with the City and County of Santa Fe, 211 + CONNECT, an information and referral helpline that provides navigation services. 211 served 424 callers; 414 were referred to services or Santa Fe CONNECT. The top requests for help were for rent assistance, utility assistance, and homeless shelters.
There were two Tax Help New Mexico sites in Santa Fe that offered free tax preparation to eligible people in Santa Fe in 2022. Tax Help volunteers prepared 451 returns and $413,948 was returned to Santa Fe County. The average return amount was $1,156.
Ride United is a new service in Santa Fe County to provide free transportation for those who need to get to a doctor’s appointment, a job interview, a child’s school function, and more. Ride United will launch in early 2023 and will provide 1,000 rides (partially funded by Molina Healthcare) that are arranged through Lyft. Rides can be requested by calling 211; no documentation is required.
During the 2021 annual campaign, UWCNM raised $15,161,750 and, in July 2022, awarded $2,044,633.33 in grants to 57 health and human service agencies in four counties as a result of its annual Community Investment process to foster stronger communities. In addition to grants, UWCNM distributed donations in the amount $8,575,538 to more than 11,315 nonprofits and their programs per donor-designated requests.
UWCNM has also invested $1,465,827 in its impact initiatives and services: Rising Together (formerly Mission: Families and Mission: Graduate), 211 information and referral service, Family Advocacy Center, and Tax Help New Mexico. To learn more about UWCNM’s efforts that foster thriving families and an educated workforce, visit www.uwcnm.org
The event is sponsored by Bank of America and the City of Santa Fe.
About United way of Central New Mexico
United Way of Central New Mexico, founded in 1934, serves a five-county region. UWCNM’s mission is to connect people to opportunities and services to equitably improve lives and strengthen communities. To learn more, visit www.uwcnm.org or call 505-247-3671.
United Way of Central New Mexico Community Event and Name Announcement
Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe
Visit with area agencies
Donate to Bienvenidos Food Pantry
2 – 4 p.m.: Ice skate for free
3:30 p.m.: Name reveal program