1. Tell us about yourself.
My name’s Christian Lopez, and I consider myself to be a very active, passionate and determined El Pasoan. I’m born and raised in this amazing binational community, and am a proud father to a beautiful daughter and happily engaged to my high school crush (fun fact). I am a major foodie and although I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, the pandemic definitely pushed me into becoming the avid hiker that I am today. I am also currently pursuing my Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy and Management with ambitions of advancing my career in economic and community development.
2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
I am the Workforce Development Manager under the Community Impact department. My role is directly tied to the new pilot program known as Skills for Success, which is a partnership between United Way of El Paso County and Workforce Solutions Borderplex designed to assist families enrolled in our Parents as Teachers (PAT) program to further their education and gain employment. Through this program, we’re able to connect families to GED classes, public benefits, and other skill certification programs.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
The incredible need in offering others navigation assistance towards advancing their education and ability to obtain employment is critical, especially now as we’re still pushing through this pandemic that has minimized the available jobs and left many families in need of elevating their current situation.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
I’m consistently reminded in the nonprofit sector that there are an infinite number of people who need your program’s services, demanding an ongoing and resilient effort to connect our community with the resources that are available to them. It’s always a pleasure to work alongside such passionate, community-driven individuals.
5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”