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Adelante Development Center, 3900 Osuna NE, Albuquerque 87109, 341-2000, goadelante.org. Services: Provides assistance to people with disabilities. Needs: Wii, Wii games, DVD player, DVDs (colorful, nature/animals, music, exercise, travel, virtual tours), CDs, books, board games, arts and crafts supplies, scrapbooking materials, plant stand, picnic table, propane barbecue grill, conference chairs, cosmetics, lotions, nail polish, musical instruments, etc. Long-term and project based volunteers over the age of 18 to help with client activities, crafts, sewing, performing arts, music, gardening/landscaping, office support, etc. Contact: Patty, 449-4021, pmshuert@goadelante.org.

All Faiths, 1709 Moon NE, Albuquerque 87112, 271-0329. Services: Provides positive change, healing and hope to children, families and individuals. Services include: prevention and intervention; psychological evaluation and management; providing support services for families by working in their homes to ensure their children’s needs are met; parenting skills classes; interviews and interagency coordination in cases of alleged abuse; support groups led by parents with the help of a trained facilitator. Needs: Monetary support, diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, household items, toys, books, non-perishable food items, and new or lightly used clothing for children up to 18 years of age.

Animal Humane New Mexico, 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque 87108, 255-5523. Services: Mission is to support and improve the lives of New Mexico’s cats and dogs through sheltering, adoptions, humane education and veterinary services. Needs: Volunteers. Large towels, dog coats in all sizes, cat wand toys, grain-free food (wet and dry), snuggle safe heating pads, potty pads, washable cat beds, plain unscented bleach, Ziploc sandwich bags, digital thermometers and plain unused Vaseline.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico, 3333 Truman NE, Albuquerque, 87110, 881-0777, bgccnm.org, Twitter: @BoysGirlsClubNM. Services: After school and summer programs for children ages 5-18. Programs focus on academic success, encouraging healthy lifestyles and building strong leadership skills in a safe and fun environment. Needs: Financial contributions, volunteers, facility resources and Club supplies.

Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque, 9809 Candelaria NE, Albuquerque 87112, 880-0882, PregnantHelpOnLine.com. Services: Limited pregnancy-related medical services, counseling, parenting education. All services are free. Needs: Financial contributions, diapers, volunteers.

Fabulous Felines, P.O. Box 14841, Albuquerque 87191, fabulousfelines.org, fabulousfelines@comcast.net, 917-8524. Services: Cat rescue organization supports neighborhood management of free-roaming cats, helps people keep their cats in times of crisis, and educates the public on the needs of the cats who share our homes, neighborhoods and cities. Needs: Monetary donations to cover veterinary care, food, and other supplies. Volunteers to work directly with cats and help plan and work at fundraising events. Also cat food, which may be delivered to the feline side of VCA, 9901 Montgomery NE.

June’s Senior Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 16521, Albuquerque 87191. 220-3528, junescats@q.com. Services: A nonprofit dedicated to rescuing and caring for homeless senior cats. Needs: Foster homes and volunteers to help with fundraising and grant writing, monetary donations, dry and canned cat food, and clumping litter, aluminum cans for its “Cans for Cats” program that supports its medical fund. Call or email for pickup of any donation item.

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, 3749A Highway 14, Santa Fe 87508, 505-471-5366, kindredspiritsnm.org. Services: Eldercare and hospice for horses, dogs, and poultry. Needs: Sponsor an old friend for as little as $5 a month. Please see website for those in need.

Lawrence Charles Vargas Shoes-for-Kids & Acts of Compassion, 6335 Pima Place NW, Albuquerque 87120, 836-4312, 250-9174, lawrence-vargas.virtual-memorials.com. Services: Provides shoes to families/children through social/community/educational agencies; provides support to parents who have also lost a child. Needs: Financial contributions, business sponsorships, food items for “Family Day/Giveaways”: hot dogs, buns, packaged desserts, chips, paper goods.

LifeROOTS, 1111 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 87101, 505-255-5501, KathleenC@liferootsnm.org, liferootsnm.org, Services: Provides the community with a broad range of programs and services for children and adults with developmental, physical and behavioral disabilities, including early childhood services, adult services and business support services, with a mission of providing people with disabilities and their families the resources and support they need to empower their lives and shape their futures. Needs: Art supplies for people in all age groups, games/puzzles, exercise equipment, coats for children (age 3 and under) and toiletries.

New Mexico Animal Friends, P.O. Box 40189, Albuquerque 87196-0189, 881-7297, nmaf.org, info@nmaf.org, facebook.com/NewMexicoAnimalFriends. Services: Rescues dogs and cats and provides interim care through foster homes. Assists caregivers of feral cats with spay/neuter support through Street Cat Companions and provides low-income spay/neuter assistance for residents of Valencia County. Needs: Foster homes for dogs and cats, monetary donations for veterinary services, gift cards for pet supplies, dry and canned dog and cat food, clumping litter, old towels, dog and cat beds, dog collars and harnesses, leashes and toys. Volunteers to walk dogs, visit dogs and cats at boarding facilities, help at adoption and special events.

PACA/AAR (People’s Anti-Cruelty Association/Albuquerque Animal Rescue), 255-0544, nmpaca.org, P.O. Box 21280, Albuquerque 87154. Services: An all-volunteer no-kill animal rescue group that rescues, rehabilitates, spays/neuters and finds homes for dogs and cats. Needs: Dry and wet cat food; cat litter; dog food; dog collars and leashes; old towels, blankets and sheets; cat and dog toys, supplies, bedding, etc. Monetary donations for veterinarian expenses. Donations may be dropped off at PetSmart (Academy and Wyoming) and Clark’s Pet Emporium (Menaul and Juan Tabo). Also needed are foster families for dogs and cats, volunteers to help at weekly dog and cat adoption clinics, and volunteers to care for the cats residing at the adoption areas at PetSmart and Clark’s Pet Emporium.

Project PeacePal, 2340 Alamo SE, Suite 110, Albuquerque 87106, 255-2042, peacepal.org, info@peacepal.org. Services: PeacePal is a peace through education nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring youth to become peace building leaders. Over the course of a school year, it connects middle and high school age youth in the U.S. with pen pals across the globe, providing them with essential life skills such as intercultural understanding and communication, enhanced literacy, critical thinking, confidence, and conflict management. These skills prepare youth to have a better understanding of our common humanity and become more effective and peaceful leaders. Needs: Financial contributions and volunteers.

Reading Works, 6101 Anderson SE, Albuquerque, 87108, 321-9620, reading-works.org. Services: Adult literacy program providing free one-on-one tutoring to adult residents of Bernalillo County who want to improve their reading skills, speak English as a Second Language, or prepare to take the GED exam. Needs: Gift cards from gasoline, grocery and retail stores for its clients, 90 percent of whom live below the poverty line.

Sunflower Sanctuary Animal Rescue, 25 Clauss Place, Tijeras 87059, 286-6302, sunflowersanctuary.org. Services: Sanctuary and hospice care for large old dogs and handicapped dogs. Needs: Monetary donations for food, treats, cleaning supplies, bedding, medications, veterinary expense and burial expenses. Volunteers for maintenance, fundraising and marketing.

VSA Arts of New Mexico, 4904 Fourth NW, Albuquerque 87107, 345-2872, ext. 11, skearny@vsartsnm.org, vsartsnm.org. Services: Provides arts and education services for adults with developmental disabilities. Needs: Financial contributions, framing services for 2D artwork and art supplies such as stretched canvases, low fire clay and glazes, heavy weight card stock for printmaking, watercolor paper, watercolor and acrylic brushes, glue sticks and hot glue gun refill sticks, artist palettes, book making and weaving materials, cotton quilt yardage, poly quilting and stuffing, new Coates and Clark thread, composition books, art documentary videos and Shakespeare resource material.

Watermelon Mountain Ranch, 1512 Deborah SE, No 203, Rio Rancho 87124, 771-0140, wmranch.org. Services: New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter, which has rescued and found homes for thousands of animals. Needs: Dog food, cat food, cat litter, blankets (please no feather or fiber filled), and cleaning supplies, particularly bleach. Volunteers needed at the resale store, the Ranch, and for the December Adoptathon. Dates and detail are available on the website.

Women’s Global Pathways, Albuquerque, 7401 Copper NE, Albuquerque 87108, 255-8095. Contact Nkazi Sinandile, (pronounced kozzi sinNANdelay) 435-5741 or nsinandile@gmail.com. Services: Helps refugee, immigrant and other low-income New Mexico women and children transition from welfare to independence by helping them create entrepreneurial businesses. Needs: Donations to fill Christmas cheer bags for pathway’s needy girls, boys and their parents, socks, toiletries, winter hats, gloves, coats all sizes, towels, bed linen, health bars, gift cards, bottled water, and toiletries for the newly arrived families and participants of its new Read To Excel weekend program for children 4 years to adult, as well as their parents who attend the program.


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