September 1, 2019
On Saturday, August 3, 2019, El Paso met an unwelcome visitor who brought both hate and violence to our community, killing 22, physically injuring 26, and traumatizing thousands more. Our beautiful, resilient community responded immediately and with overwhelming generosity, demonstrative of our community values: caring, compassionate and giving.
As CEO of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and fellow-El Pasoan, I have had the opportunity to witness these qualities first hand. Within hours of the tragedy, we established the El Paso Victims Relief Fund in the Paso del Norte…
August 23, 2019
On September 1, 2019, Texas Tobacco 21, the law that raises the minimum legal sales age for tobacco from 18 years to 21 years, officially went into effect. The law includes violations for purchasing or attempting to purchase cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or tobacco products, as well as the use or possession of these products.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Delaying the age when young people first begin using tobacco helps reduce the risk of becoming addicted. About 95 percent of all adults smokers started before the age of 21.
A Smoke Free Paso del Norte…
August 4, 2019
We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic events and want to do all we can to work in solidarity with our community to support the victims and families of this needless violence.
To this end, we have established the El Paso Victims Relief Fund in the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to accept monetary donations to support victims and their families.
We appreciate your generosity in this moment of profound tragedy and sadness.
The Boards and Staff of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Fundación Paso del Norte.
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July 17, 2019
It’s dinner time, and once again you look for an innovative approach to get your child to eat. Is he a picky eater or a problem feeder? The Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center (CDC) has an answer for children with special needs.
With support from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative, the CDC has launched their “Off to a Good Start”…
July 16, 2019
El Paso County has broken new ground as the first county in the country to establish a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) to increase access to healthy and affordable food. In December of 2018, El Paso County allocated $500,000 of the County Economic Development Impact Fund to start the initiative. With this investment, the County will offer grants and low-interest loans to develop and expand healthy food retail and infrastructure in high-need areas of El Paso County.
On July 1, Commissioners Court unanimously approved agreements with two HFFI partners to move forward and open…
July 16, 2019
2018 led our community of philanthropy on new and expanding paths, with the leadership of our boards of directors, staff and hundreds of community partners and volunteers that believe in our vision to ensure that the people of our binational, tri-state region have the knowledge, resources, support and environment to lead happy, healthy and productive lives. Today, we celebrate this trailblazing work with several highlights from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation:
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July 16, 2019
We are pleased to welcome Namgyal Wangchuk to the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation. As Accounting Support Assistant, Namgyal is responsible for assisting with payroll, payables and other accounting functions and support with financial reporting and customer service.
Namgyal is originally from Thimphu, Bhutan, which is the capital of Bhutan. He is a recent graduate of UTEP with a bachelor’s in business administration with a focus on accounting. In his spare time, he enjoys taking long walks with his two dogs.
Namgyal can be reached at:…
July 16, 2019
More than automobile crashes, gun violence and opiate overdoses combined, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. and kills over 480,000 people each year. While cigarette use has decreased over the last few years, e-cigarette use, particularly by youth, is rapidly increasing. E-cigarette use by youth has been called an epidemic by the FDA and is up 77% from last year.
On June 7, 2019, Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 21, or Tobacco 21, which raises the minimum legal age in Texas to purchase tobacco from 18 years to 21 years. Presently, 95% of smokers start before…
June 12, 2019
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 12 grants totaling more than $1.9 million under the Healthy Eating and Active Living Priority Area – HEAL Initiative. The purpose of the HEAL initiative is to make healthy eating and active living the easy choice for youth and their families.
Funded organizations are:
Arbol de Vida - $139,963.63
To provide nutritious meals and physical activities to children in Rancho Anapra and Loma de Poleo in Ciudad Juárez, México.
Border Partners - $98,120.00
HEAL – Year 5
To establish home and school…
June 12, 2019
On June 7, Governor Abbot signed SB 21, or Tobacco 21, which raises the minimum legal age in Texas to purchase tobacco from 18 years to 21 years. Tobacco 21 also makes changes to how tobacco sales to minors are enforced. A person can be charged under the law if they sell, give, or knowingly purchase with the intention of providing a cigarette, e-cigarette, or other tobacco product to someone who is younger than 21 years old. A conviction calls for a fine of $100. The new law also requires retailers to train their clerks to prevent a violation of this law. Exemptions to the law include…
April 6, 2020
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation) approved a $40,000 grant to the El Paso County Medical Society for the purchase of 24,000 N95 masks for private practice physicians and nonprofit healthcare providers in El Paso County, and has authorized the purchase of…