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United Way awards $3.6 million in grants

United Way of Central New Mexico has awarded $3.6 million from its Community Fund in the form of 104 grants to programs that operate in the Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties.

The money is headed to programs that focus on education, health and financial stability, such as the Ronald McDonald House and Casa Esperanza. Money for the Community Fund grants was raised from May 2016 to April of this year, according to Jeanette Brahl, the chief communications officer for United Way of Central New Mexico. Grants went into effect on July 1 and will be paid out monthly until June 2018.

“UWCNM’s grants are important because we work with the nonprofit community to reach those who most need help,” Randy Woodcock, the vice president and chief development officer of United Way, said in an email to the Journal.

Community Fund programs considered the most important include United Way’s Community Impact Projects, which will collectively receive about $700,000 of the $3.6 million over the next year. These projects are more long-term than the other grant recipients; they have been receiving their awards since July of last year and will continue to receive grant money until June 2019. Among them are programs that focus on illiteracy, unemployment and chronic disease.

In addition to money raised for the Community Fund, other donations received by United Way include $2.9 million that will go towards their own programs including Mission: Graduate, whose goal is to add 60,000 graduates with college degrees or certificates to central New Mexico by 2020.

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