1. Tell us about yourself.
My name is Rita Rios and I am an El Paso native who loves this city. I am a math/finance enthusiast and am currently finishing my degree in Mathematics with a minor in business finance. I am a proud fur mom to the cutest 7 month old Pug/Chihuahua mix named Sally. I love The Nightmare before Christmas hence my puppy’s name and collect anything and everything that has to do with the movie. I enjoy reading fiction novels and listening to music (especially live music) during my spare time.
2. Give us a description of what you do for the United Way.
I am the Accounts Payable Clerk for the United Way. I ensure that all bills are paid accordingly and in a timely matter as well as any employee mileage or expense reimbursements that need to be paid out. When needed I also assist with grant reporting to ensure that we are utilizing all funds to the fullest for the benefit of our community.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
Without a solid finance team the United Way would not be able to offer such amazing programs and assistance to the families of our community. I take pride in what I do knowing that the families we help are incredibly grateful for the work our team does. It’s not easy having to ask for help so I am humbled to do my part so that we hopefully never have to turn a family away due to lack of funding or program availability.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
The most surprising thing I’ve learned about the community is how resilient and compassionate El Pasoans are. Whether it’s a global pandemic or a mass casualty event or anything in between El Pasoans are always ready to lend a helping hand or offer a shoulder to lean on for one another. Some of our lowest points as a city have been some of our strongest points as humans and I think that speaks volumes for this city. I didn’t realize how rewarding working for a non-profit of this magnitude could be. It has made me realize that I need to volunteer more often and participate in more city wide events.
5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m Possible’” – Audrey Hepburn