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23 New Mexico nonprofits get coronavirus aid

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SANTA FE – Thirteen nonprofits in northern New Mexico are among the first recipients of money from the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, set up to help nonprofits with operational disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Also, the first 10 grants from the Albuquerque Community Foundation and United Way Emergency were announced by the Emergency Action Fund.

Bill Smith, president and CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, said 150 donors have contributed $56,000 since the fund was opened March 15. He said $52,500 of that amount is ready to be released to nonprofits in Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel and Santa Fe counties.

bright spot“What we’re trying to do is, first and foremost, address food and health issues,” Smith said, adding that money raised would be distributed in phases and to groups that provide different kinds of services. “Income security might be next, to address unemployment and small-business stabilization. In the longer term, we may look at how we can use resources to rebuild.”

Smith said the foundation plans to keep the response fund active as long as the pandemic is affecting families.

“We envision this fund being utilized until the crisis is over and we have no more food to give out,” he said.

The first beneficiaries are Barrios Unidos, Española Pathways Shelter, The Food Depot, Interfaith Community Shelter, La Familia Medical Center, Las Cumbres Community Services, Luciente, Moving Arts Española, Northern Youth Project, Reunity Resources, San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen, Santa Fe Indian Center and United Way of Santa Fe County.

Smith said the community foundation has been working closely with Santa Fe’s Thornburg Foundation, as well as its counterpart organizations in Albuquerque, Taos and Las Cruces’ Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.

Meanwhile, 10 nonprofits suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19 will receive $5,000 each, according to a news release from the Emergency Action Fund.

The funds will benefit the Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery, Boys and Girls Club of Central New Mexico, Endorphin Power Co., FUSION, La Plazita Institute, New Mexico Caregivers Coalition, Share Your Care Adult Day Services Centers, St. Felix Pantry, The Street Food Institute and the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico.

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