1. Tell us about yourself.
I’ve been proud to call El Paso home all 25 years of my life. I am blessed with gracious parents, amazing friends, generous mentors, a royally spoiled dog, and a partner like no other. I wouldn’t love the life I have today without any of them. Along the way, I have come across numerous opportunities to make a positive impact in our community. Whether it’s been through the fruit of my work at United Way, serving at my church multiple days a week, helping my family and loved ones as best as I can, or starting a local nonprofit to help alleviate homelessness, I’m very grateful to continuously ask myself, “Can you believe you get to do all of this?”
2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
As the Fund Development Associate, I am fortunate enough to grow and enhance corporate/personal giving efforts, develop and maintain community partnerships, as well as create and assist volunteer opportunities for United Way of El Paso County. Like the rest of us at UWEPC, my responsibilities help unite and mobilize El Paso around our mission and support our team to work better together.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
Without provision, there is no vision. The vision of United Way of El Paso County is to make El Paso the premier multi-cultural community in which to raise a family. That’s a large vision but an attainable one so long as we all do our part to help make El Paso the city we want it to become for generations to come.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
While there is still much work to be done, there is also a lot of great work currently taking place locally. The collaboration between United Way of El Paso County and the community currently supports countless children, youth, families, and young leaders through various programs. The volume of resources are abundant and everything is very accessible with assistance for every walk of life. The value of our active community impact is a living testament to me of what humans can do when we involve one another to resolve our opportunities.
5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
“And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” – Raymond Carver, ‘Late Fragment’