Our appreciation for our donors and volunteers runs deep. We have many loyal supporters that continue to invest in the children and families of our community.
“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.”
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
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.”