Kids’ Way Allocation Volunteers Needed

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Kids’ Way 2016 has officially kicked off! We invite you to be a reviewer at the 2016 Kids’ Way Allocation Panel Meeting.

The United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) Kids’ Way Fund is a cooperative relationship between the UWEPC 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.

Kids’ Way grants provide support for a program or project that directly impacts children and/or youth in one of the United Way of El Paso County’s three impact areas: Education, Basic Needs and Income.

On August 4, 2016, we announced that United Way would be accepting applications from local not-for-profits or school districts for our 2016 Kids’ Way mini-grants. We are currently in the process of receiving applications.

Kids’ Way Allocation Panel Meeting

When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm

Where: 100 N. Stanton (Stanton Tower), first floor auditorium

At this meeting, we will discuss all of the applications and reach consensus on recommended funding levels for each program/project.  This year, students from Region 19 Head Start raised $7,407 for Kids’ Way. United Way’s Board of Directors allocated an additional amount of money for Kids’ Way funding.  Each program or project is eligible to receive up to $2,500 In order to allow adequate time for discussion of each application; we do expect the meeting to last until 6:00 p.m.  Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

If you wish to serve as an evaluator, please contact Rebecca Morales by Friday, September 2, 2016, via e-mail at

Once you’ve confirmed that you can serve as a reviewer, you will forwarded:

  • 3-4 brief applications for your review
  •  Kids’ Way funding guidelines and final reports
  • Additional information

Thank you for your support of our United Way’s Community Impact Areas of Education, Basic Needs, and Income.

Story Time Saturday

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Books are Gems – 7744 North Loop Rd. El Paso TX 79915

Saturday, August 20th from 9AM to 12PM.

Free Elementary School Uniform Giveaway!!

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When: Saturday, August 20, 2016  9 A.M.—12 P.M.

What: Uniforms of various sizes for 200 Elementary School Students

Where: St. Raphael’s Gym 2301 Zanzibar Rd. El Paso, TX 79925

Who: St. Raphael’s, St. Vincent de Paul Conference  915-613-0988  

St. Raphael’s Conference of St. Vincent de Paul invites you to join us. We will be giving away a white polo shirt and khaki pants to 200 elementary school students. Everything is first come first serve, and we only have so many of each size, so please be early!

Please share with anyone you think may benefit or know people who could benefit!!!!

Operation: Loving Care- Volunteers Needed

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As some of you may have noticed, August is chocked full of events to recognize, honor and officially welcome home El Paso’s Vietnam veterans. OPERATION: Loving Care is on the Welcome Home El Paso Vietnam Veterans planning committee in support of District #3 Emma Acosta’s and Ms. Patti Olivas’ efforts to put this all together. We’re still looking for stuffers for the goodie bags that will be distributed to Vietnam veterans and their families onAugust 28th. If any agencies have trinkets with their agency logo on them (i.e., keychains, mouse pads, erasers, etc.) that they would like to add to each goodie bag to show their support for these veterans and remind them of your services, please contact Ira Wilson of OPERATION: Loving Care at (915) 667-0343. We’re planning on stuffing 1,500 goodie bags for this event!

Vietnam Veterans

Operation: Loving Care

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operationlovingcareOPERATION: Loving Care is a charitable 501(c)3 organization that endeavors to assist the homeless, homeless veterans, veterans and their families, at-risk youth and their families migrant workers with work visas far away from home and family. We do this with generous donations of food, clothing, soap, personal hygiene, laundry soap, cleaning products, backpacks, blankets. We channel these people to services of other agencies for additional assistance. We also support programs, events and projects of agencies when the impact will positively affect the groups to whom we are committed. Gilda Wilson, President and CEO, 915-667-0382