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LAS CRUCES - In recent months, our slogan, “A great place to live, a great place to give” has garnered a new meaning for many of our partner organizations.
Since April, thousands of families seeking asylum have traveled through southern New Mexico as they make their way to different parts of the country. The increased number of individuals, families and children in need of humanitarian care in our community has led dozens of organizations and individuals to assist. Those who have committed to help have seen an increased need for volunteers, donors and supplies.
Your Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation, to provide funds to nonprofit organizations completing the important work to assist those seeking asylum in our community.
The funds will be used in conjunction with $75,000 in Humanitarian Aid from the City of Las Cruces. As a partner with the city, your community foundation has been given the opportunity to fiscally support $75,000 in humanitarian aid for nonprofit and tax-exempt community organizations completing face-to-face care for those families seeking asylum in Las Cruces.
The funds help with operational and programmatic needs for those who have committed to help, by offsetting the cost of additional food, water, and transportation and hygiene supplies for asylum seekers.
“It was vital for us to be able to support this funding from the city,” said Terra V. Winter, the executive director of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. “We’ve watched as our community members have sacrificed their time and resources to support families seeking asylum. As we continue towards our goal of making a lasting impact on the quality of life in our region, it’s imperative that we work together and assist our nonprofit partners during this time.”
Humanitarian Aid funding was awarded to 10 organizations in our region, allowing them to increase hours of operation and assist with those individuals and families being dropped off in southern New Mexico, while teams and volunteers continue to care for all individuals within their client base.
The addition of funds from the Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation will be awarded to five organizations: Casa de Peregrinos, Amador Health Center, Unitarian Universalist Church to support Border Servant Corp, El Calvario, Catholic Diocese to support Project Oak Tree, and Holy Cross Retreat.
“The impact these funds will make is significant not only to the organizations, but to the families seeking asylum here in the U.S.,” said Winter. “The additional $10,000 allows these organizations to begin thoughtful decision-making to support the future needs of asylum seekers who may travel through our community.”
The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico houses three annual grant cycles, along with other grant opportunities, to assist nonprofits who seek improved outcomes for the counties the serve in the areas of maternal/child well-being, education, arts and humanities, and more. In 2019, the CFSNM has the opportunity to fund more than $215,000 to nonprofits in our community.
For more information about funds housed at the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, visit cfsnm.org or call 575-521-4794.
Jordan Allen is the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.