“I am so fortunate to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. I have always designated my gifts to United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC). I believe that supporting young children and families is the best investment I can make. I never thought I would participate in their programs, but when I gave birth to my second son, I had a Great Start Family Support home visitor. I was so grateful for the help with my new baby. I then enrolled my older son in their early learning center. My son thrived in their PreK classroom and is now excelling in kindergarten. I will continue to support UWSFC because I know firsthand the benefit of their quality early childhood education and care programs.”
It’s a happy occasion to share the news of Wells Fargo’s $10,000 investment in United Way of Santa Fe County’s PreK program. Since 1998 Wells Fargo has distributed 28 grants to United Way of Santa Fe County, for a total of $195,357.
“Wells Fargo is honored to support your efforts to provide stimulating and enjoyable educational opportunities in a nurturing, child-centered environment. We are strong believers in the overall work being done by United Way of Santa Fe County. We view this latest grant as an important investment in the young children of Santa Fe County and an expression of our commitment to early childhood education in our communities. A program like this dovetails perfectly with Wells Fargo’s Culture of Caring. United Way Worldwide has recognized Wells Fargo for the largest employee giving campaign for seven years in a row. Wells Fargo employees contributed a total of $98.8 million to nonprofits in 2015. Thank you, United Way of Santa Fe County, for the work you do, and for the opportunity to support the United Way of Santa Fe County’s Pre-K program. -Linda Vega, District Manager for Wells Fargo in Santa Fe and the surrounding communities, including Los Alamos, Espanola and Pojoaque.
Toyota of Santa Fe set a record for workplace campaign employee participation and support.
“To inspire lifelong change for a better world, we must start with the children.” –Buddy Espinosa, General Manager, Toyota of Santa Fe
Marte Murphy and her husband John are Alexis de Tocqueville Society donors. Marte is the immediate past Chair the UWSFC Board of Directors and also served as volunteer project manager for UWSFC’s Education Mobilization effort.
“I strongly believe that the early childhood work of UWSFC is important to our community’s future. Our challenges are great and there is so much that needs to be done. I am committed to doing whatever I can to help prepare our young children to succeed in school and in life.”
“Century Bank is a longtime supporter of UWSFC’s early childhood mission. This work is critical to create a trained future workforce and strong economic infrastructure. I am also an individual donor with a soft heart for these programs that help parents put food on the table, and raise their children to be loving and happy adults.”
Shirley is a United Way of Santa Fe County Board member and is an important leader in the PNM United Way workplace campaign. The PNM campaign in Santa Fe County has 100 percent participation. She and her brother, U.S. Representative Ben Ray Lujan, continue her late father Ben Lujan’s tradition of community service.
“It is a rewarding experience to be a part of United Way of Santa Fe County. Through my own experience with my two children, I witnessed the impact of early childhood programs. My daughter started pre-school at age two and excelled in school. My son was in a loving home environment, but not a formal pre-school program until he was in kindergarten. There was a clear difference in his reading and comprehension ability, which caused him to struggle throughout elementary and high school. Through parental support and working closely with his teachers, he did graduate from high school, but it was a challenge for him. I truly believe that early childhood educational programs are critical for our children and Santa Fe’s future.
My father instilled in us the importance of family and helping others. He set an example for our family and others through his actions and core values of service, love, respect and compassion. As my father said ‘Let us make our time on Earth…worthwhile and do what’s right, make a difference for the children, our working families, and our elderly.”
“Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) salutes United Way of Santa Fe County, and recognizes the importance of positive early childhood work and its direct correlation to individual future success and to helping promote stable communities. As a financial cooperative, DNCU supports the communities in which it operates and is committed to cultivating member financial literacy.”
“All of us at Nusenda, our members and our employees, are proud to harness the “Power of WE” and support United Way of Santa Fe County’s early childhood education and care initiatives. Their two generation approach supports families, helps stabilize their income, and prepares children to enter school ready to learn on day one. We are honored to help prepare the next generation of workers to meet the challenges of the future.”
– Anastacio F. Trujillo and Nestor Lopez, Nusenda Credit Union