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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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Help Us Design SHARE 2.0!

At SHARE New Mexico, we're the planning stages of designing our next generation, SHARE 2.0, and we need YOUR help. Throughout May, we’ll be hosting focus groups in Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Albuquerque to learn how we can make better.

For the past three years, we’ve provided a community webspace built by and for New Mexicans to support our work together to improve our local communities.

Our goal, as always, is to provide you with an easy-to-use and useful community webspace for sharing information and aligning our efforts to improve the quality of life of all New Mexicans. We would like to hear from you about:

  • the kinds of information you need and use for your work;
  • the way you look for and share information with others;
  • the issues that are important to you and your community.

Please join us in a focus group to explore these questions and provide input into the design of SHARE 2.0. Feel free to invite others who might want to learn more about and contribute to SHARE New Mexico.  However, space is limited. Please RSVP to 



Date:     May 3, 2016

Time:     1:00-3:00 PM

Place:    NGage New Mexico 

3880 Foothills, Suite A

Las Cruces, NM 88011


Date:     May 18, 2016

Time:     1:00-3:00 PM

Place:   Santa Fe Community Foundation

501 Halona St.

Santa Fe, NM 87505

May 25, 2016

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624 Tijeras Ave NW

Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Environmental Organizations in New Mexico

With Earth Day coming up on April 22, we’re taking a look at environmental organizations in New Mexico. Throughout the state, environmental organizations work in many capacities to protect environments now and in the future. From wildlife conservation to environmental literacy for children, here are a few environmental organizations in New Mexico that you can find on

Environmental Education Association of New Mexico

According to the Environmental Education Association’s website, children today play outside half as much as their parents did. The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental literacy by providing professional development for both classroom and non-formal educators.

Training Resources for the Environmental Community

Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) is a New Mexico environmental organization dedicated to habitat conservation and wilderness protection in the state. The organization develops and inspires leaders who can enable their staff, volunteers, board members and donors to achieve habitat conservation and wilderness protection.

New Mexico Environmental Law Center

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center is a nonprofit law firm that works to restore and protect western wild lands. With various locations throughout the state, the New Mexico nonprofit also advocates for healthy environments on behalf of communities in the Southwest. Addressing a variety of impacts on New Mexico’s environment, the nonprofit is concerned with pollution and irresponsible development, protecting the water and air, and mitigating impacts on human health and cultural sites.

National Tribal Environmental Council

Located in Albuquerque, NM, the National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC) supports American Indian tribes in managing, protecting and regulating their environments according to their own priorities and values. NTEC has policy, advocacy and communications programs to educate the public on environmental issues, defend tribal jurisdiction and authority and assist tribes in intergovernmental environmental partnerships.

Earth Force

Earth Force is a New Mexico nonprofit environmental association that is committed to engaging young citizens to improve the environment in their communities. Earth Force trains educators to guide their students to collect water quality data while working with Albuquerque city engineers to learn about stormwater management. Students then design a project to address the environmental issue of their choice.

Hawks Aloft

Another New Mexico nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to helping children is Hawks Aloft, which seeks to conserve indigenous wild birds through conservation education for preschool through 12th grade students. Hawks Aloft is also committed to performing avian research and raptor rescues.

Nicodemus Wilderness Project

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project coordinates volunteer events throughout New Mexico to restore and maintain neglected public lands. By working with local communities, the Nicodemus Wilderness Project aims to educate youth about environmental stewardship.

Do YOU know any New Mexico environmental organizations that should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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New Mexico Child Abuse Facts & Awareness

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The purpose of Child Abuse Prevention Month is to acknowledge the importance of communities coming together to prevent child abuse and neglect throughout the nation, including New Mexico.

To highlight the issue, New Mexico nonprofits and government agencies are coming together to build awareness and put an end to child abuse in the state. First, a few quick facts about child abuse in New Mexico:

  • Since 2009, more than 50 children have died at the hands of abusers
  • CYFD’s Child Protective Division responds to 4,500 reports a month
  • CYFD has a $113 million annual budget; less than $1 million is spent on prevention services

Yet according to the NM Child Abuse Prevention Program (NMCAPP):

  • Child maltreatment is 100% preventable.
  • Our children and communities are better served by preventing child maltreatment then dealing with the serious effects of child maltreatment.
  • Prevention of child maltreatment requires a sustained commitment and  partnership between state and local government agencies, service providers,  advocacy groups, and families. Here are just a few of the organizations that are working to protect young children and families.

What to do if you Suspect Child Abuse in New Mexico

According to CYFD, every person who knows or has reasonable suspicion that a child is being abused or neglected in New Mexico must report the matter immediately to CYFD’s Statewide Central Intake Child Abuse Hotline (1-855-333-SAFE or #SAFE) or to law enforcement or the appropriate tribal entity. When you report child abuse or neglect, you may choose to remain anonymous. You can find definitions of child abuse and neglect at the CYFD website.

Child Abuse Prevention Organizations in New Mexico

Survivors, families and advocates work with nonprofits and government organizations to prevent child abuse in New Mexico. Here are a few of the most well known child abuse awareness and prevention organizations in the state:

  • New Mexico Child Abuse Prevention Program (NMCAPP). NMCAPP is a consortium of stakeholders throughout the state coming together to end child abuse in the state.
  • New Mexico Voices for Children. To increase awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month, NM Voices for Children is selling pinwheels for $1 each.  The pinwheels help spread the word that ending child abuse is possible.
  • Pueblo of Isleta Social Services. The Pueblo of Isleta Social Services will host awareness activities throughout Child Abuse Prevention month. In 2016, the theme is Together We Journey to Promote Healthy Relationships between Families, Children and Communities. To learn more about the events, contact Isleta Social Services at (505) 869-2772.

Searching for child welfare organizations in New Mexico? Search the Resource Directory at for hundreds of results.

Do you know of any other child abuse prevention organizations in New Mexico? Let us know in the comments!

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The New Mexico Community Data Collaborative publishes interactive maps that include child abuse rates for all NM neighborhoods. See: For more early childhood risk assessment see:
Submitted on 03/31/2016 by Thomas Scharmen
Thanks for posting! The maps are truly fascinating to look at.
Submitted on 04/04/2016 by Lisa Hlavinka

National Social Worker Month—If You’re a Social Worker, Here’s How Can Save YOU Time!

March is National Social Worker month. At SHARE New Mexico, we’re always impressed by how many hard-working social workers are passionate about helping to improve the lives of our friends and neighbors in New Mexico. If you’re a social worker, you’re probably always searching for ways to more easily connect your clients with local resources. With, you can do just that—and you can do it FREE! Keep reading below to find out how you can use every day.

Resources for Social Workers in NM—Available FREE on!

Here are a few ways that social workers, care coordinators and community health workers can use

#1 Resource Directory

What it is: Our Resource Directory allows you to search for both government and New Mexico nonprofits that work to improve the quality of life of New Mexicans, including direct service providers, community, research and advocacy groups, as well as organizations that provide training for professionals and community members.

How to use it: First, add your organization to our Resource Directory so that others can find you. Next, you can search the Resource Directory for other professionals, nonprofits and government organizations in New Mexico. As a social worker, you may use common search terms like “child care” and “SNAP/WIC” to find organizations that help your clients. Legal services, emergency financial help and housing services are among the most often searched terms in our Resource Directory.

#2 Classifieds

What it is: The Classifieds section of allows you to find or post ads for goods and services in New Mexico.

How to use it: As a social worker, you can browse our Classifieds to find FREE goods and services throughout New Mexico. Our Classifieds include goods like clothing, appliances and furniture, as well as volunteers offering their services.

#3 Initiatives

What it is: Initiatives highlight major issues in New Mexico, including ending hunger, improving early childhood education and ending homelessness.

How to use it: Search our Initiatives pages to learn how non-profits and other organizations are working together to improve life in our state. Social workers can also scan the calendars to find out about upcoming events in New Mexico.

#4 Library

What it is: The Library on is an inventory of research and reports, videos and other websites, searchable by issue and location in New Mexico. As a social worker, you can add postings to the Library about issues that matter to you.

How to use it: You can find local information for FREE information using our community Library. Statistics regarding child welfare, New Mexico’s aging population and early childhood education abound in our community library—just use the search bar to find information about the topic in which you are interested.

If you’re a social worker in New Mexico, find out how can make your day simpler. Register an account today!

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Literacy Resources in New Mexico

Forty-six percent of New Mexico’s population is functionally illiterate, and about 899,115 adults are in need of literacy services, according to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy. Throughout the state, nonprofits, governments and the private sector are working together to improve literacy among children and adults through a variety of important initiatives.

Improving Literacy Among New Mexico’s Children

The Imagination Library of Grant County is one of those efforts. Affiliated with The Dollywood Foundation, the Imagination Library of Grant County mails books in bulk directly to the homes of local children, recently mailing out its 65,000th book to children in Grant County, volunteer Loren Nelson said.

A three-year longitudinal study comparing test scores of children in Colbray and Silver school districts showed that the Imagination Library improved literacy among students.

“So far, 75-80% of children who receive books [from the Imagination Library] were at or above grade level for reading, and 45-50% of those who did not receive books were at or above grade level,” Nelson said. “There’s every reason to believe that we can replicate these results throughout the state.”

There are 25 Imagination Library affiliates in New Mexico, with 8 counties partially covered, and another 8 counties completely covered. The goal is to expand to cover the entire state, Loren said. If you are interested in founding an Imagination Library, you can contact the Imagination Library in Grants County or the Dollywood Foundation online at

First Choice Community Healthcare is also helping to improve literacy in New Mexico by placing books directly in the hands of children. Throughout 2016, First Choice Community Healthcare will give 5,000 books to pediatric patients in an effort to fight illiteracy. First Choice Community Healthcare supporting literacy efforts through The Molina Foundation, which is dedicated to reducing the disparities in access to education and health in communities.

Literacy Organizations in New Mexico—Available FREE on! supports literacy organizations in New Mexico by providing an up-to-date Resource Directory full of literacy resources. A search of “literacy” returns more than 120 organizations that support literacy efforts for both adults and children, such as:

  • Treasure Chest Family Literacy Program—The Treasure Chest Family Literacy Program provides developmentally appropriate books and activities in a kit for families to share and use 5x a week.
  • New Mexico Coalition for Literacy—The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy creates community-based literacy programs in New Mexico to help adults who read at or below a sixth grade level.
  • Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe & More—There are several Literacy Volunteer organizations throughout the state, including Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Socorro County, Cibola County and more.
  • Read Write Adult Literacy Program—The Read Write Adult Literacy Program provides literacy classes to adults to help improve reading, writing and speaking skills. The organization also offers English as a Second Language classes.
  • APS Title 1 Homeless Literacy Project—The APS Title 1 Homeless Literacy Project is dedicated to helping homeless children improve their chances for school success through tutoring, literacy, readiness and more.

Another way to find organizations that support literacy is by searching “library” in our Resource Directory. Organizations include public and nonprofit libraries, such as:

  • Shuter Library of Angel Fire—The Shuter Library is a nonprofit library that provides programs for children aimed at improving literacy. The library also supports culture and literacy through book clubs, author events and digital media training.
  • Family Resource Center—Located in Farmington, the Family Resource Center maintains a toy and parent information lending library.

Please visit our Resource Directory for a complete list of literacy organizations in New Mexico.

Should add any organizations to our New Mexico literacy resources? Let us know in the comments!

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