Financial Stability means individuals and families can support their own needs, not just now, but for the long haul. UWCNM supports programs that provide training and resources that make this possible, from life skills to income management.
We envision a community where even the most vulnerable members are safe, socially engaged, and live with dignity.
Tax Help New Mexico
One way we help families is by guiding them through the maze of filing taxes. This service is free to residents who make less than $54,000 in household income per year or are over the age of 65. In addition, if your household income is $64,000 or less, you can files your own taxes online for free by visiting the MyFreeTaxes website.
Tax Help New Mexico’s 250+ volunteers are certified by the IRS and are trained to help taxpayers identify tax credits they are entitled to. To date the program has prepared over 104,000 tax returns for central New Mexico families.
Financial Stability Partners
In 2017-2018, we’ve given nearly $1.2 million from the Community Fund to programs that support financial stability and basic and emergency needs. Quality of life considerations don’t even enter the picture until basic needs are met. If you are hungry, have nowhere to live or feel unsafe, those concerns dominate your daily life.
Dial 2-1-1 for Help
United Way of Central New Mexico’s 2-1-1 hotline, throws a rope to people dealing with difficult times by offering free information and referrals to the health and human services, government agencies, or local nonprofits who can help.
Family Advocacy Center
The Family Advocacy Center (FAC) was created in 2007 through a partnership between UWCNM and the City of Albuquerque, with the financial support of Corporate Cornerstone Partners. The FAC provides free and confidential services for victims of interpersonal violence. Services include medical care, advocacy, legal and financial assistance, as well as law enforcement and procecution. When victims have clear and easy access to support services, there is often an increase in reporting the violence.
AFL-CIO Community Service Program
Unions and their members play a big role in making our community a better place to live. United Ways across the country have enjoyed a strong partnership with the unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
The AFL-CIO Community Service Program in New Mexico is a partnership between UWCNM and the Central NM Labor Council. The program helps working families meet basic needs through:
- Our 2-1-1 information and referral service
- The National Association of Letter Carriers food drives
- Heat's On, a program that services furnaces for low-income seniors
- Food pantry support
- Service projects galore
Rio Grande Food Project
Pre-vocational Training Support
United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund supports Mandy’s Special Farm’s “Everyone Can Work” program, which provides pre-vocational skills training and supported employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Twelve individuals will successfully complete an 8-week evidence based curriculum course focused on vocational skills acquisition.
Care for Homeless Populations
United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund supports St. Martin’s Hospitality Center’s “Project End Homelessness,” a strategy to ensure that Albuquerque’s most vulnerable have nutritious meals, behavioral health care, job training/placement and housing services.
Three hundred clients are better off as a result of placement into a behavioral health or housing programs increasing mental health stability/sobriety and retention of long-term housing for a minimum of seven months.
The following basic needs and financial stability programs are currently being supported by UWCNM's Community Fund.