Meet the Staff - Sarah

1 . Tell us about yourself. 

I was born and raised in the Greater Borderland Region of El Paso, Texas. Throughout my lifetime, I have been dedicated to public service and involvement in the community. Recently, I graduated from UTEP with a BA in History and in the process of applying for law school hoping to acquire an MBA in the future. My biggest supporters include my very large, loud, and loving family which includes my dearest friends. When I am not working, some of my favorite hobbies are eating, playing with my dogs, and hiking. My idol is Selena Quintanilla-Perez, and I think that says more about me than the rest of this paragraph.


2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way.  

As the Community Impact Intern, I work with just that -- the community. One of the main focuses of my job is the Grade Level Reading Initiative, which aims at improving students’ reading skills so that they have the skillset to continue their education and go to college one day. As a team, we are able to mobilize and build up our community one student at a time helping them reach success. 


3. Why is this work so important to our community?

Just like other non-profits, the United Way is determined to do what’s best for our community. Education is such a big part of people’s lives, and it’s important that we prioritize healthy and constant learning so that future generations will be more innovative and creative than the last. Through the Grade Level Reading Initiative, our students are able to receive the help and resources they need to improve vital skill sets that will inevitably help them to be successful in the future. 


4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way? 

I think that when you work at or with non-profits, there are no surprises anymore because you are exposed to a multitude of innovative projects aimed at addressing the barriers we face as a collective. Working with the United Way, I have seen the infinite amount of resources available offered to the community. I believe our work is invaluable because there will always be a need, of all kinds, in our community and it’s up to us to make sure that we continue to thrive, prosper, and foster an environment of learning. 


5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.

"I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." ―Malala Yousafzai