United Way Young Leaders Help Determine Funding Recommendations for Community Organizations

View all of the photos from the September Education Impact Committee Meeting

Several members of the United Way Young Leaders Society (UWYLS) volunteered their time to evaluate applications for the United Way’s Kids’ Way Fund. Four UWYLS members worked with the Education Community Impact Committee to make funding recommendations for fifteen community organizations that submitted proposals for projects that will benefit children and youth throughout El Paso County.

The United Way Young Leaders Society of El Paso is a group of young professionals that are working to strengthen the future of El Paso by focusing on strategic networking, volunteering, and leadership events throughout the year.

“El Paso young leaders play a vital role in shaping the future of this community.” stated Ben Fresquez of the El Paso Children’s Hospital and Membership Chair for the organization. “This is a prime example of how the United Way Young Leaders Society provides community leaders the opportunity to directly impact community challenges.”

About the Kids’ Way Fund

The United Way of El Paso County Kids’ Way Fund is cooperative relationship between the United Way of El Paso County and the Region 19 Head Start Program. Developed in 1999, the program was initiated to teach El Paso’s young children the value of philanthropy. Since the program’s inception, more than $60,000 has been raised by Head Start children and their parents through various fund raising efforts, including the notable Pennies for Change collection.

The committee as a whole made funding recommendations, which are forwarded to the United Way of El Paso County Board of Directors. The board will make the final funding decision at the September 26th board meeting.

To learn more about the United Way Young Leaders Society or the Kids’ Way Fund, contact Jason Brewer, Vice President of Marketing and Community Building for the United Way of El Paso County.

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