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The NEW 2-1-1 Line in Otero County

The United Way of Otero County (UWOC) is building its 2-1-1 helpline from the ground up, and partnering with SHARE New Mexico to help connect people in need with resources.

Like 2-1-1 lines across the country, the Otero County 2-1-1 helpline will provide information and referrals to people in need of help, Angela Randall, 2-1-1 & volunteer coordinator for the United Way of Otero County, said.

The 2-1-1 line is currently live between the hours of 9a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, Randall said. The line covers Otero County and Lincoln County.

SHARE New Mexico and the United Way of Otero County are sharing the work of creating a comprehensive, up-to-date community-based directory,” Randall said.

Taking advantage of the UWOC’s “feet on the ground,” Randall is contacting service providers in the county to sign up with SHARE and update their organizational information in SHARE’s Resource Directory.

Other groups sharing resource lists include Love, INC., Alamo Senior Center, Otero County Community Health Council and the Otero Hunger Coalition.

The United Way of Otero County is Randall’s host organization as she completes her fellowship with “The Mission Continues,” a nonprofit leadership program that supports post-911 veterans reintegrating back into civilian society.

Here's How YOU Can Help

You can help Angela, and Otero County residents, by creating and updating your organization’s profile on to ensure our Resource Directory is up-to-date. This will ensure that community members looking for help for themselves or others will have the information they need to connect people with the right community resources in Otero County.

Check out other resources on the Otero County page. Quick links take you to timely and relevant information and resources for county residents. See what’s happening on the Otero County community calendar and add your community events.

And Here's How SHARE New Mexico Can Help You!

Team up with SHARE to create YOUR community Resource Directory.  Rather than duplicating efforts, which can be costly to create and maintain, SHARE invites you to partner with us to create and maintain New Mexico’s most comprehensive and up-to-date resource directory. 

We are better together! For more information on how SHARE can help you with your resource directory, contact

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How to Get a FREE Video for Your Nonprofit!

Calling all New Mexico nonprofits! Now until August 19, your nonprofit can apply for a Project Awareness grant on If you are chosen to receive a Project Awareness grant, CNM & DATA students will create a FREE video that will help to spread the word about your nonprofit and all of the great work it does.

Project Awareness is a Leadership Albuquerque Initiative that provides nonprofit organizations with FREE online videos. The videos are custom-created by students at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and Digital Arts and Technology Academy (DATA). This is without any cost to your New Mexico nonprofit. To be eligible,  you have to apply on before August 19, 2016. Three to five nonprofits will be awarded a Project Awareness grant.

Tapping Student Talent

Donna Diller, dean of Business and Information Technology at CNM, said that Project Awareness is a win-win-win situation that benefits students, nonprofits and the community. Students are involved in every aspect of the process, from choosing the grant winners to creating and completing the videos.

Students decide which nonprofits are awarded the grant. This helps students to learn interpersonal skills, teamwork, communication and how nonprofits give back to the community.

“We felt like the community piece was important, for students to learn about nonprofits and ways to give back,” Diller said. “It’s an important part of the community.”

The students at CNM and DATA review the applications at the beginning of the fall semester and spend the next year creating the videos. Some do the videos as part of a class curriculum, others as part of an internship.

“It gives our students a hands-on opportunity to do a real-life project using the same skills they’re learning in the classrooms,” Diller said.

After students choose the grant winners, they work directly with the nonprofit to create the video, which gives them hands-on experience working with customers.

Diller gives credit to Leadership Albuquerque for creating Project Awareness and bringing organizations like SHARE New Mexico, CNM and DATA together.

“It’s a win-win for a lot of folks, and we’re excited to get more of the videos up and rolling,” she said.

Apply Online at

Don’t miss the opportunity to get a FREE video made for your New Mexico nonprofit! To apply for a Project Awareness Grant, you’ll need to login or create an account at Once you are logged in, you can see instructions and view our available grants in our common online grant application. Questions about our online common grant application? Visit our blog to learn more about how it works

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Cancer Support for Patients & Caregivers in New Mexico

Overall, more than 75,000 New Mexicans are currently living with cancer, and 9,000 more are diagnosed every year, according to Cancer Services (CSNM) of New Mexico.

Many people with cancer and their loved ones have difficulty finding both medical and non-medical aid after receiving a diagnosis of cancer. Below are support organizations for people with cancer and caregivers in New Mexico. Additional information about these organizations can be found in’s Resource Directory.


Breast Cancer Resource Center

Located in Albuquerque, NM, the Breast Cancer Resource Center provides assistance to anyone affected by cancer, seeking to close gaps in services and eliminate barriers to care.

Cancer Foundation for New Mexico

The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico provides emotional and educational assistance to patients being treated in Santa Fe, NM. The nonprofit’s core services include aid with transportation, lodging and grocery support, as well as cancer support groups.

Cancer Services of New Mexico

Founded in 2001, Cancer Services of New Mexico (CSNM) is the only statewide nonprofit organization to address gaps in cancer related services, creating programs that support people affected by cancer, family members, loved ones and caregivers. Twice per year, CSNM hosts a Family Cancer retreats that focuses on adult cancer patients and their caregivers on the issues associated with surviving.

Cancer Support Now

Cancer Support Now is made up of a group of cancer survivors reaching out to offer cancer support to people living with cancer in New Mexico. One-on-one support by telephone, support groups, chronic disease management and smoking cessation are among the cancer support services offered by Cancer Support Now.

New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance

New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance was founded by a group of dedicated cancer care physicians in New Mexico who were concerned that the newest investigational cancer treatments were only available through research studies and clinical trials conducted outside the state. As a cancer support organization, NMCCA helps New Mexicans get access to new, investigational oncology research treatments.

New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation

Dedicated to providing for the non-medical needs of people living with cancer, the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation offers cancer support through providing for basic needs like food, shelter, utilities and essential services. The NMCC Foundation also provides family support, help with financial/insurance issues, legal counseling, cancer support groups and survivorship aid.

People Living Through Cancer

People Living Through Cancer aids people living with cancer and cancer survivors from diagnosis through long-term survivorship. Services include support services, counseling information, referrals and cancer support groups.

Sierra County Cancer Assistance

Run entirely by volunteers, the goal of Sierra County Cancer Assistance is to provide Sierra County residents with transportation to cancer appointments in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, NM. The transportation provided by Sierra County Cancer Assistance is free of charge.

Vargas Memorial Children’s Cancer Fund

The primary goal of the Vargas Memorial Children’s Cancer Fund is to purchase Christmas gifts for all University of New Mexico Hospital children’s cancer clinic patients, and the organization also provides special gifts to the Ronald McDonald House and the UNMH Pediatric Oncology Program.

Do YOU know of any cancer support organizations in New Mexico? Let us know in the comments!



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Free Legal Advice in New Mexico

How can you get free legal advice when you can’t afford a lawyer? In New Mexico, many attorneys provide pro bono legal advice and legal aid without any cost to low-income citizens. These attorneys volunteer because their work helps give justice to those who otherwise would not have a voice.

Legal assistance for domestic violence, medical bills and housing rights are just some of the areas in which these attorneys work. One of the advantages of obtaining help from a volunteer attorney is that the attorney can also help connect those in need with temporary housing, domestic violence shelters and food banks.

FREE Legal Advice in New Mexico

Below is a list of free legal services in New Mexico, including legal aid, pro bono work, hotlines and more.

Dna People’s Legal Services

As a nonprofit organization, Dna People’s Legal Services provides free legal assistance, advice and representation in U.S. and tribal courts.

Family Legal Assistance Group

Family Legal Assistance Group assists low-income New Mexicans with civil matters, domestic matters and small claims. Domestic violence, housing and shelter and landlord/tenant law are some of the areas in which the New Mexico Family Legal Assistance Group help their clients.

Homeless Legal Clinic

Every Tuesday in Santa Fe, volunteer attorneys provide legal information and advice at the Homeless Legal Clinic at St. Elizabeth Shelter. At the clinic, volunteer attorneys can refer to low income and pro bono legal services in New Mexico.

Legal Aid Hotline

Hosted by New Mexico Legal Aid, the Legal Aid Hotline is for those experiencing domestic violence in their homes. There is a hotline for Albuquerque, as well as a statewide hotline for free legal advice in New Mexico.

Legal Insurance & Paperwork Assistance Program (LIPA)

Run by Cancer Services of New Mexico, LIPA offers free legal advice for cancer patients in New Mexico.

New Mexico Christian Legal Aid

New Mexico Christian Legal Aid provides free legal advice to low-income New Mexicans, as well as referrals to pro bono legal services in New Mexico. The non-profit is run by Christian lawyers, law students, paralegals and legal assistants who provide legal and spiritual assistance to the homeless and impoverished in our communities.

New Mexico Legal Aid

Dedicated to equal access to justice for all disenfranchised and low-income people and communities in the state, New Mexico Legal Aid provides outreach, training and representation through programs like its Family Advocacy Center (FAC). FAC is staffed by one attorney and one paralegal who work on domestic violence cases. New Mexico Legal Aid is a leader in coordinating pro bono attorney services in New Mexico.

Pegasus Legal Services for Children

As a private non-profit agency, Pegasus Legal Services provides civil legal services to children, youth and their caregivers in the 7th Judicial District (Torrance, Soorro, Sierra and Catron Counties). Guardian ad Litem and youth attorneys represent children and youth in foster care up to age 17. See Pegasus Legal Services in our New Mexico Resource Directory to learn more about the programs offered.

Veteran Legal Assistance

The New Mexico Bar Association Young Lawyers Section offers a free legal clinic for Veterans in New Mexico. The group offers general legal assistance for veterans as well as Veterans’ Benefits Assistance.

Do YOU know of another organization providing free legal assistance in New Mexico? Let us know in the comments!

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Summer Reading Programs in New Mexico

Libraries across New Mexico are gearing up their summer reading programs in an effort to stop the “summer slide” or the tendency for children to lose the gains that they made during the previous school year.

“Statistics show that for kids who don’t read over the summer, it takes about three to as many as six months to catch up when they start school,” Dave Florez, teen services coordinator for Farmington Public Library, said.

Summer Slide Statistics:

  • 66% of teachers spend three to four weeks re-teaching course material at the beginning of the year.
  • 24% reteach last year’s material for five to six weeks, according to a survey by the National Summer Learning Association.
  • Low income students are most affected by the summer slide, losing more than 2 months in reading achievement over summer vacation, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University.
  • All students, regardless of income level, lost 2 months in match achievement over the summer, according to the study.

The good news: studies show summer reading programs to be effective at preventing the summer slide. For example, a study of low-income students by the University of California-Irvine showed that students enrolled in a voluntary summer reading program scored better on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills compared to students who did not receive summer reading intervention.

Reading is just one of the ways children and teens can avoid the summer slide. Farmington Public Library hosts Technology Tuesdays for teens, where students can experiment with robotics and even a 3D printer. Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library’s summer reading program also includes concerts, arts and crafts and technology.

FREE Family Passes to Museums & More!

Public libraries throughout the state are offering free Family Passes to NM museums and historic sites. Borrow the pass like any library material for up to one week and get free admission for up to 6 people at any of the Department of Cultural Affairs' museums and historic sites. See the list here.

Summer Reading Programs in New Mexico

Here are a few summer reading programs in New Mexico:

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library

ABC Library’s Summer Reading kicks off on June 4 at the South Broadway Library. Everyone is invited to register for the free 6-week program for children, tweens, teens and adults.

Farmington Public Library

Children teens and adults can register for Farmington Public Library’s summer reading program online. At the end of the summer, participants can join the Carnivale Blast celebration.

Capitan Public Library

Designed for children aged 5-12, the summer reading program at Capital Library meets every Monday during June and July. To register, call (575) 354-3035.

New Mexico Public Education Department

This is the fourth year for the New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge, which is open to students 5 to 12 years old. One reader and three family members will win an all expense trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, and two readers will win a balloon trip with Gov. Susana Martinez at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Know of any other summer reading programs in New Mexico? Let us know in the comments!

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Help for Veterans in New Mexico

There are more than 160,000 veterans in New Mexico—that’s more than 10% of the population! New Mexico has a high concentration of veterans compared to other states, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

May is National Veteran’s Appreciation month in New Mexico and throughout the nation. A few quick facts about veterans in New Mexico:

  • Approximately 8.4% of veterans were living below the poverty level in 2013.
  • Of those living below the poverty line, about 36% had a disability.
  • Veteran unemployment rates are typically lower, with about 7% of veterans unemployed.
  • New Mexico is a leader in ending veteran homelessness, with Las Cruces and Santa Fe effectively ending veteran homelessness, and Albuquerque not far behind.

Below are veterans’ organizations in New Mexico dedicated to helping vets with all aspects of life, including jobs, healthcare and housing for homeless vets. These are just some of the Veterans’ organizations available on—to see even more veterans’ organizations in New Mexico, visit our Resource Directory.


New Mexico Disabled American Veterans

New Mexico Disabled American Veterans has a nationwide transportation network to help sick and disabled veterans get to and from their local VA medical facility.

Paralyzed Veterans of America, Inc.

Veterans impaired by spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amytropic later sclerosis and other spinal cord damage can get assistance through the Zia Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, Inc.


VA Community Clinic

Part of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the VA Community Clinic provides primary adult medical health care for veterans in New Mexico, as well as mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment.

Healthcare for Homeless Veterans New Mexico

Located at 1501 San Pedro Drive SE, Albuquerque, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans New Mexico provides public benefits support services and supportive housing for homeless vets.

Gallup Veterans’ Transition Center

The Gallup Veterans’ Transition Center provides a 28-day substance abuse program for eligible veterans, including behavioral and mental health counseling.

Veteran and Family Support Services

Veterans and their family members can receive case management, behavioral health assessments, treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injuries at Veteran and Family Support Services.


New Mexico Veterans Outreach Business Center

Are a veteran who would like to start or expand your New Mexico business? The New Mexico Veterans Outreach Business Center is dedicated to helping veterans start their own business, and also helping business owners expand.

Veterans’ Hiring Initiative

The Sandoval County Veterans’ Hiring Initiative assists veterans in transitioning to civilian life by increasing their employment opportunities with the Sandoval County government.

New Mexico State University Veterans Affair Office

Need help obtaining your GI Bill benefits in New Mexico? The New Mexico State University Veterans Affair Office can help with your GI Bill FASA forms and requesting state residency for tuititon.


New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers

For homeless veterans in New Mexico, the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center helps those who are experiencing a housing crisis or who are homeless. Housing for men and women, employment training and counseling are just some of the ways New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers helps homeless vets.

Women Veterans of New Mexico

Providing support for all female veterans, Women Veterans of New Mexico provides support to homeless veterans or veterans who are nearly homeless.

Serve Veterans Fund

Working side-by-side with the Freedom Camp Social Club, the Serve Veterans Fund provides a variety of services to Veterans, including housing and shelter, healthcare, job training and much more.

Las Vegas Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing Reintegration Center

Serving homeless vets throughout New Mexico but primarily in the northeaster portion of the state, this program works with other community agencies to identify the needs of local veterans and provide help.


Veteran Legal Assistance

The New Mexico Bas Association Young Lawyers Division offers free legal assistance to veterans in New Mexico.


Southwest Native American Veterans Association

For Native American veterans who need help obtaining VA benefits, the Southwest Native Veterans Association can help. SWNAVA increases and enhances access to VA benefits and services, including Veterans’ healthcare, housing, employment and education.

Do YOU know of any veterans’ organizations in New Mexico that aren’t on the list? Let us know in the comments!

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