United Way benefits U, too
United Way is a program that helps in the most basic of ways. For example, a one dollar contribution can buy food that Roadrunner Food Bank workers tuck into the backpack of an APS student to take home for the weekend – an unobtrusive way to get food directly to the poorest and most vulnerable children in the community.
It takes only a small commitment to make a difference in Albuquerque. Last year UNM contributed $222,000. This year the goal is $277,000.
Roadrunner Food Bank is one of dozens of community assistance organizations that received money from the United Way of Central New Mexico last year. Community non-profits apply to United Way for funds each year, submitting proposals for specific activities. Money is granted and the organizations are audited to ensure the money is spent correctly.
All contributions go directly to 92 different projects, such as the food bank, since businesses throughout the city cover the costs of running the United Way offices and campaigns. Contributions can be designated, and UNM is also one of the largest recipients of money contributed. The money goes to programs run by various departments around campus for a wide variety of purposes.
Patrick Vigil, UNM United Way campaign coordinator, believes the university can make an impact this year. “We ask for so much from the community and the community has always supported UNM. Participating is an excellent opportunity to thank the community for all the support we have enjoyed,” he said.