1. Tell us about yourself.
Hello, my name is Daniel. I’m born and raised in El Paso. I’m a graduate of UTEP with a minor in digital media major in journalism, who is fascinated with the world of comedy, sports and music. A proud dad of 3 bulldogs and is a very family-orientated person -- without them I wouldn’t be here today. My one-year old nephew is my world and he inspires me to be a better human every day.
2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
As the Marketing and Communications Associate, my work deals with all things social media, print materials as well as anything web-related to United Way El Paso County as well as its member groups such as BOOST Network, RISE, YLS, just to name a few.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
This work gives hope to people in the community who may need it. Everybody in the community is different but from what we’ve seen with tragic events that have hurt our community, it’s that we’re resilient when we come together in need. So to me, this work is important because it gives a person who might be struggling some hope and access to plenty of services to help get them back on track on this thing we call life.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
I knew United Way did a lot of things that benefited the community, but I didn’t know that they were this dedicated to the community. For example, the August 3rd tragedy this city faced, I had no idea that United Way is leading healing efforts for people affected by this tragedy. But for me, it made me realize that quite possibly I’m drawn to nonprofits. From working at one during college, to writing about one during my internship, to now working for United Way.
5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
A quote that motivates me as a person and as a member of the United Way team would be from the late Kobe Bryant, “Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.”