Improve health outcomes by positively addressing the social determinants of health - working
towards social equality and justice improving access to healthcare, education and financial well-
Charitable nonprofits embody the best of America. They provide a way for people to work
together for the common good, transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. They give
shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes.
Incorporated in 1954 as the “Community Chest of Los Alamos”, the United Way of Northern
New Mexico (UWNNM) has provided leadership, funding support and training for our nonprofit
organizations in northern New Mexico for over 66 years!
United Way of Northern New Mexico is in the business of changing lives through support to
local nonprofit organizations. In 2020 UWNNM awarded over $533,000.00 to 28 organizations
in Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Organizations like Embudo Valley Library, Family
Strengths Network, San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, Moving Arts Española, Inside Out,
Family YMCA (Los Alamos/Rio Arriba), LA Family Council, McCurdy Ministries Community
Center, the Food Depot and so many others. Our organizations tell us they could not have the
impact they do without the support of UWNNM.
In 2019 over 45 nonprofit organizations came together to talk about collaboration and how we
can better connect people to services and services to people. We created the Northern NM
Nonprofit Alliance, or UNITE!. Our Vision is create a th riving alliance of nonprofit organizations
working together to build strong and health communities. And our mission is to facilitate
strategic collaboration among nonprofit organizations in northern New Mexico by achieving the
1. Optimize and expand the resources available to the community.
2. Foster networking and outreach opportunities.
3. Establish a greater foothold of political power and common spaces.
Join our efforts by emailing our Community Impact Team or our Executive Director.
The community impact agenda focuses on three pillars of community – health, education and
financial well being. The foundation of our community action stands on the shoulders of our
community donors and their commitment to making a difference in our communities. Through
our annual fundraising campaign we identify local needs of organizations who provide much
needed human services support. These organizations are local 501.c.3 nonprofits who operate
in Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Through our funded partners we are able to provide
support in all areas of social determinants – housing, transportation, food security, literacy,
behavioral health, and social supports.
In 2019 TRIAD National Securities, LLC, the new operator of the Los Alamos National
Laboratories, supported the creation of our Rio Arriba Collective Impact Team. The goal of the
Collective Impact Team is to listen, convene facilitate and help build collective action toward
improved outcomes and measurable results for individuals, families and organizations in Rio
Arriba and Los Alamos counties.
Our focus is to build resources, organizations and people. We know that over 60% of our health
outcomes are driven by the social determinants of our health. They are the drivers of personal
health, mental health, economic health, and ultimately community health. Health community
make healthy people.