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Communities around NM benefit from volunteerism

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A common thread that tends to run through exceptional companies and organizations – and precisely what the Journal’s Top Workplaces publication recently found – is an ingrained sense of supporting the community.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico employees volunteered to install a playground in Thoreau as part of the company's KaBOOM Playground donation in 2013. More than 200 volunteers built and installed the playground in six hours.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico employees volunteered to install a playground in Thoreau as part of the company’s KaBOOM Playground donation in 2013. More than 200 volunteers built and installed the playground in six hours.

At the Bosque School, for example, employees and students lead what they call service-learning groups and work directly with a variety of nonprofits.

One program it manages in environmental science enlists students from various schools to monitor more than 300 miles of the Rio Grande Bosque.

In addition, Bosque students are trained as first responders, and when they turn 18, they can become an emergency medical technician. They volunteer at various school and community events, and provide emergency care under the direction of a licensed physician.

U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union maintains a permanent employee volunteer group, the Community Involvement Committee, which conducts fundraisers and sponsors corporate-giving projects in Albuquerque, Sandoval County and San Juan County. These projects include Casa Esperanza, Rio Grande Food Bank, New Mexico Women’s Veterans, Paws and Stripes, St. Felix Pantry and the United Way.

U.S. New Mexico also provides support to the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Albuquerque Museum Foundation, National Dance Institute and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, as well as neighborhood youth sports, dance and theatre groups.

New Mexico Military Institute’s Corps of Cadets contributes about 20,000 hours of community service every year to the residents of Roswell and Chaves counties, as well as representatives of other state and national organizations.

The Range Café mud volleyball team is made up of staff from its Albuquerque location on Wyoming NE. Team members get together every year to raise money for Carrie Tingley Hospital and have a good time.

The Range Café mud volleyball team is made up of staff from its Albuquerque location on Wyoming NE. Team members get together every year to raise money for Carrie Tingley Hospital and have a good time.

That includes support to local educational institutions, scouting, membership in local and state civic groups, participation in local and state activities such as blood drives and Veterans Day special events, hosting Senior Olympics, and hosting the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States annual conferences.

Enterprise Builders Corp. employees support the Running Start for Careers program, and its managers and others are often the “first ones slicing onions and prepping meat for the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Guest Chef Program,” or spearheading the efforts to donate a garden to the Presbyterian Foundation.

Many employees also are involved in coaching youth sports, and as a team hosts a Toys for Tots toy drive and volunteers at the Roadrunner Food Bank.

Payday Inc. offers nonprofits free- or reduced-cost payroll services and also came up with a charity of its own called Angel’s on the Street. The company gave each employee $100 – a total of $5,000 – and asked them to give it to someone who is worse off than themselves. The company also sent a Thanksgiving card to every client with the story that inspired that idea for a charity and encouraged them to do the same.

New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union has developed programs that foster financial education, including financial literacy workshops, money-management presentations, an educational financial curriculum and educational organizations. Credit-union employees conducted more than 250 financial literacy workshops in its branches and for new students in area colleges.

Mario’s Pizza is a regular participant in the annual Roadrunner Food Bank “Souperbowl,” as well as sponsoring fundraiser nights for the holiday food drive. Its employees also participated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico, St. Martins Hospitality Center, Special Olympics, Carrie Tingley Hospital Toy Drive, Presbyterian home health care and hospice, Albuquerque Public Schools and other schools through sponsorships of sports and academic programs.

Blue Cross Blue Shield employees have donated more than $26,000 to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. More than 200 employees and their families walked for Strides.

During its Operation Back to School, employees donated more than 27,000 supplies to students around the state. And employees adopted 64 seniors at Wainwright Manor for the holidays and supplied gifts and dinner.

Public Academy for Performing Arts works with several organizations in the Albuquerque community, including the Albuquerque Theatre Guild, Safe Teen New Mexico, New Mexico Department of Health, University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Working Classroom, Rio Metro, Creative Albuquerque, city of Albuquerque, Los Poblanos, Mayor’s Advisory Panel and Hummingbird Music Camp.

Some smaller businesses and organizations also deliver important support.

The Range Café supports the American Cancer Society each year during the holidays with its annual pie campaign, “Give the boot to cancer,” and makes numerous donations throughout the year to various charities with food in kind, as well as gift certificate donations for fundraising events.

Send us your company or organization’s volunteer and charitable activities – including photos – to include in our new feature called “Pitching In.” Email that information to Terry Feld at tfeld@abqjournal.com or fax it to Terry at 505-823-3994.

 

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