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our impact:

Contributions made to our Community Impact Fund support the community we call home by funding critical programs throughout

El Paso.

These programs make a difference in the lives of families of children by providing support in strategic areas.



our impact areas:

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School Readiness & Youth Success

Our Goals:

Children enter school ready to learn

Preparing youth success after high school

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to Health

Our Goal:

Individuals have access to healthcare and improve their health

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Our Goal:

Children and families live in homes free of abuse and violence. Safety net and emergency services provide a foundation of care and support

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Adults & Families

Our Goal:

Individuals and families improve their socio-economic condition


funded agencies:

Through our Community Impact Fund, United Way of El Paso County is able to support a strong network of agencies that provide critical services supporting El Pasoans in the areas of education, health, financial stability, and basic needs. The agencies below are receiving funding for the 2021-2023 cycle, allowing them to continue offering these important services as we continue to navigate the ongoing emerging needs of our community.

  • Project Vida: After School Enrichment & Youth Development
    Project Vida’s After School Enrichment & Youth Development program, offers high-quality, enriching out-of-school-time programs to support school-age children and youth in the Chamizal area and other at-risk areas throughout the community. The goal is to help youth avoid high-risk behaviors, including gang involvement.
  • Junior Achievement of El Paso: High School Heroes
    High School Heroes from Junior Achievement of El Paso is an innovative partnership that aligns with the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) mission. JROTC cadets are placed in a leadership position where they are the educator for one day providing interactive lessons to students in K – 5th grade. JROTC cadets gain knowledge in financial literacy and enhance skills as presenters and leaders.
  • Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center: Inclusive Early Learning Center
    The Inclusive Early Learning Center program at the Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center is dedicated to helping children with special needs reach their fullest potential every day. The Inclusive Early Learning Center program is the only non-profit inclusive child care center accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in El Paso County.
  • YWCA El Paso del Norte Region: YWCA After School Programming
    YWCA’s Afterschool Programming operates with the goal of improving students’ academic levels and fostering a love of learning and achievement. YWCA provides state-licensed afterschool programming for children ages 4 to 12 at 41 elementary school sites in four independent school districts throughout El Paso. Students are guided by trained staff and tutors to receive homework assistance and engage in various activities, including arts and crafts, reading and writing, STEAM experimental labs and physical fitness.
  • YWCA El Paso del Norte Region: Early Learning Academies
    The primary goals of YWCA Early Learning Academics are to help preschool-age children prepare for academic success and to provide quality child care for busy parents. Students in the YWCA Early Learning Academies receive instruction in literacy, math and science, communication skills, bilingual curriculum and engage in physical, mindful, and creative enrichment activities.
  • Boys & Girls Club of El Paso: Project Learn
    Project Learn from the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso expands learning opportunities for youth outside the classroom. The program reinforces positive outcomes in education, positioning the child for success in post-secondary education and the workplace, and provides the opportunity for children to reach their full potential as productive adults in the El Paso community. The program serves students through recreational activities integrating math, science, technology and language, homework assistance, and tutoring at a more intensive level of intervention.
  • Kids Excel El Paso, Inc.: Kids Excel Arts Education Outreach
    The Kids Excel Arts Education Outreach program is designed to inspire children to achieve goals they may not have ever considered attainable and motivate them through increased expectations of their capabilities. The program engages students in weekly dance classes led by a teaching artist and musician extensively trained in the methodology of the National Dance Institute.
  • Fab Lab El Paso: Mobile Makerspace
    Fab Lab El Paso provides community access to digital fabrication tools and resources for skill development, workforce training, creative collaboration, prototype development, and product manufacturing. Fab Lab’s Mobile Makerspace brings these tools and resources to classrooms throughout El Paso, providing students with hands-on projects covering 3D printing, virtual reality, and other STEM-related concepts.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters: Mentoring At-Risk Youth
    Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s oldest evidence-based mentoring program proven to strengthen developmental assets while reducing risky behaviors. Mentors, guided by staff and collaborating parents, work to improve the mentees’ decisions and key strengths. Professional staff provide case management to all participants throughout their involvement. Activities are conducted in a safe environment that builds meaningful relationships, fosters confidence, and provides learning opportunities.
  • Creative Kids: Project AIM
    Project AIM provides a humanistic and creative environment that can help relieve the stress and anxiety of patients, families and staff in a hospital setting. Project AIM is the only program on the pediatric oncology unit at Providence Children’s Hospital where the patients can leave their room and experience the joy of using their creative spirit and energy to promote their own inner healing and overall wellness through the visual arts.
  • Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest: Girl Scouts Leadership Experience
    The G.I.R.L. Starter Troop Initiative from the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest creates girl-only, girl-led spaces where leadership, social-emotional learning, business and financial skills, STEM, and outdoor adventure become an integral part of the Girl Scout experience. Research shows that this template for educational experiences drives a girl towards five outcomes: strong sense of self, positive values, challenge-seeking, healthy relationships, and community problem solving.
  • Project Vida: Early Childhood Development
    Through Community Congress, Project Vida developed a comprehensive, high quality, enriching approach to the Chamizal community’s expressed desire for child care and education, which also allows parents to work and sustain their families. This child care center meets the community need for licensed, quality child care for ages 0 to 5 with an emphasis on developmental milestones, early childhood literacy, and school readiness, supporting the success of children and families in the area.
  • YMCA: Afterschool Care
    Afterschool care provided by the YMCA of El Paso brings together physical activity, study time, and a safe, supportive environment to help young people succeed in school, at home, and throughout their lives. While parents are at work, the Y staff provides quality, affordable child care to enrolled children.
  • Family Service of El Paso: Healthy Living Counseling Program
    The Family Service of El Paso’s Healthy Living Counseling Program provides mental health counseling services focused on improving the life, health and wellbeing of individuals and families in the El Paso community. Services are affordable, accessible and culturally competent, and no one is ever turned away.
  • El Paso Child Guidance Center: Mental Health Intervention Services for Abused Children
    El Paso Child Guidance Center strives to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families in a safe environment through mental health services, education, and awareness. This program ensures that individual, family and group therapy is available to abused children, regardless of their ability to pay. Program activities include providing counseling to children and families to address trauma from events such as sexual and physical abuse within El Paso County.
  • Catholic Counseling Services, Inc.: Counseling
    Catholic Counseling Services provides mental health services to individuals in the Diocese of El Paso These services are provided by licensed professionals for a minimal fee on a sliding scale according to need.
  • CASA of El Paso, Inc.: CASA of El Paso
    CASA is El Paso’s only program that trains individuals, who are appointed by judges, to advocate for abused children who have been removed from their homes and placed in emergency foster care. CASA has provided this service in El Paso for 33 years.
  • The Salvation Army: Red Shield Family Center
    The Red Shield Family Center at the Salvation Army works to meet the basic human needs –food, shelter, and supportive services – of the homeless of El Paso. Many services are provided, including clothing vouchers, care kits, and bus passes to those experiencing homelessness.
  • El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank: Client Choice Mobile Pantry for El Paso County
    El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank’s Client Choice Mobile Pantries fill gaps in service for food insecure households in El Paso County that have limited access to existing community pantries and are underserved/unserved. Mobile pantries are situated in outlying locations in El Paso County, making access to food pantries easier for individuals living in these areas.
  • Child Crisis Center of El Paso: Crisis Nursery and Children’s Emergency Shelter
    The mission of the Child Crisis Center of El Paso is to protect children from child abuse and neglect by providing emergency shelter services, family education programs and family support. This program provides shelter, meals, medical care, transportation, recreation, clothing, and hygiene items to clients using services. Case management is provided using wrap-around services to the entire family when the child is admitted into the shelter.
  • Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services: Crime Victims Unit
    The Crime Victims Unit with the Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services provides high- quality legal immigration services to immigrants who have suffered domestic violence or other violent crimes, including human trafficking. This program also provides educational presentations to the community as a means to advocate for survivors and for the rights of clients and immigrants in general.
  • Project Vida: Homelessness Prevention and Recovery
    Project Vida has provided a shelter for families since 1995. In the past five years, the program has expanded to include efforts in prevention of homelessness and rapid rehousing for families recently homeless. In collaboration with other agencies, the goal of this program is to work toward an effective zero-net outcome in homeless families.
  • Opportunity Center for the Homeless: Willie Sanchez Rosales Family Center
    The Opportunity Center for the Homeless exists for all homeless to support them to move beyond their condition if they are capable. The Willie Sanchez Rosales Family Center program directly serves the agency’s mission by providing homeless families with emergency housing and basic needs. As a low-barrier shelter, the program focuses on dual-parent households, single fathers with children, and families with teenage boys.
  • Center Against Sexual and Family Violence: Emergency Shelter for Survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
    The Emergency Shelter for Survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence helps individuals and families fleeing domestic violence and sexual assault to access emergency housing which allow them to leave or end their relationship with their abuser. In addition to emergency housing (which includes food and clothing), the program provides access to: case management, childcare, adult education, healthcare, employment counseling, legal advocacy, life-skill training, professional therapy/support groups, and transportation.
  • El Paso Center for Children, Inc.: Runaway Shelter
    The Runaway Shelter program at the El Paso Center for Children provides emergency shelter care to runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 11 and 17 to protect them from harm while they are away from home. The program also provides reunification services to ensure the long-term safety and well-being of clients. The runaway shelter is the only state-licensed emergency shelter for unaccompanied male and female youth. The facility is staffed 24/7/365 to meet the needs of participants.
  • United Way of El Paso County will be accepting applications for funding in 2023.
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