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PItching In: PNM Power Up grants boost nonprofits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The PNM Resources Foundation has awarded $500,000 through its PNM Power Up Grant Program – four $50,000 and 20 $15,000 grants to nonprofits to fund projects that build vibrant communities.

Power Up grant winners from Albuquerque, Belen, Rio Rancho and Corrales pose for a photo. (Courtesy of PNM)

Power Up grant winners from Albuquerque, Belen, Rio Rancho and Corrales pose for a photo. (Courtesy of PNM)

“We are proud to partner with these organizations who are working to build stronger communities,” said Diane Harrison Ogawa, executive director of the PNM Resources Foundation, in a news release.

Projects include building youth sports fields, increasing wheelchair accessibility and creating gathering space for communities. Nonprofits from all over New Mexico submitted more than 100 applications.

The selected $50,000 grant projects are as follows:

• Commonweal Conservancy Inc. in Santa Fe to support the Amphitheater at the Galisteo Basin Preserve for community gatherings.

• Kirtland Youth Association in Kirtland to support playing fields for youth sports in Kirtland and surrounding communities.

• New Mexico BioPark Society in Albuquerque for sheltered public space that is ADA accessible at Tingley Beach for events, gatherings and education programming.

• Santa Fe Chamber Opportunities Fund Inc. in Santa Fe to support three parklets that will provide shade, meeting places, greenery and beautify a one-mile stretch of St. Michaels Drive.

The PNM Power Up $15,000 grants were awarded to the following projects:

• Animal Humane New Mexico in Albuquerque for a neighborhood park in the Trumbull neighborhood on the Animal Humane’s four-acre campus.

With its $15,000 grant, Animal Humane in Albuquerque will create a neighborhood park on the agency's four-acre campus. (Courtesy of Animal Humane New Mexico)

With its $15,000 grant, Animal Humane in Albuquerque will create a neighborhood park on the agency’s four-acre campus. (Courtesy of Animal Humane New Mexico)

• East Central Ministries to support a collaborative neighborhood effort for vacant lot revitalization and green-space creation.

• Enlace Comunitario for green-space creation through a public art mural in Albuquerque’s gateway neighborhood, near the Albuquerque Sunport.

• Media Arts Collaborative Charter School for vacant lot revitalization and creation of a community park through student-driven planning and implementation.

• The New Mexico Water Collaborative for creation of an urban green space detention pond utilizing recycled wastewater, planting and installation.

• Partnership for Community Action for The Power-Up Kids’ project in the South Valley of Albuquerque to create an interactive open space where children and families can learn through interactive play structures.

• UNM Foundation Highland Project for a collaborative effort with Highland High School students to develop colorful public artwork for vacant lots.

• Belen MainStreet for a pocket park in a vacant lot.

⋄  Corrales MainStreet for a pocket park adjacent to the village of Corrales visitor’s center.

• Amistad y Resolana in Las Vegas, N.M., for revitalization and beautification through a community mural project.

• Southwest Regional Housing and Community Development Corp. in Lordsburg for repair and restoration of Lordsburg’s fountain to include landscaping, creating a meaningful public space.

• Spirit of Hidalgo in Lordsburg for development of a vacant lot in the town square.

• Galloping Grace Youth Ranch in Rio Rancho for development of a Sustainable Urban Agricultural Education Center for youth to explore the outdoors and enrich the community.

• Friends of Smokey-Capitan in Ruidoso for a LED message sign at the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce to announce community events and promote public safety.

• Dreamcatcher Educational Foundation in Santa Fe for development of a sustainability park at the South Campus of Santa Fe High School, including a trail and public education stations.

• The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico for a pedestrian and bike trial connection between municipal open space trails, including interpretative signage.

• Gila Chapter of the Native Plant Society in Silver City for an outdoor classroom and public art space.

• Partnership for Responsible Business in Silver City for a parklet at the Office of Sustainability, a town-owned property that was once a fueling station.

• The Volunteer Center of Grant County for Community Resiliency and Food Security Trail (CRAFT), parklet and Power Up outdoor classroom.

• Keep Alvin Beautiful in Alvin, Texas, to beautify entryway to the city’s historic downtown across the main street from the historic 1907 trail depot.

In 1983, PNM shareholders created the PNM Foundation as a separate, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation governed by a board of trustees comprised of PNM employees.

In 2005, with the acquisition of First Choice Power and Texas-New Mexico Power Co., the foundation expanded its scope to include parts of Texas. No customer funds are part of the PNM Resources Foundation endowment.

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7-Eleven supports Special Olympics

7-Eleven New Mexico employees earlier this summer invested time and energy to raise $25,000 for Special Olympics New Mexico.

Special Olympics athlete Phil With, right, receives a $25,000 check from 7-Eleven Regional Manager Eric Corley, raised through this year's Torch Icon fundraising campaign.

Special Olympics athlete Phil With, right, receives a $25,000 check from 7-Eleven Regional Manager Eric Corley, raised through this year’s Torch Icon fundraising campaign.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Mexico received a check for $25,000 from its community partner 7-Eleven from its annual campaign selling torch icons to its patrons.

For six weeks throughout April and May, 7-Eleven employees helped LETR “fuel the flame” by selling torch icons for $1 to its patrons and raising awareness of local Special Olympics athletes. Last year, the campaign raised $16,303. This year, the 7-Eleven and LETR partnership celebrated its third consecutive record-breaking torch icon campaign for Special Olympics New Mexico’s athletes and sports program.

“Every 7-Eleven employee and patron of those stores need to know that by selling and purchasing those icons, New Mexico’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities are being given the chance to leave the sidelines of life and experience the joy of sport, and all that goes with it,” said Special Olympics New Mexico Executive Director Randy Mascorella in a news release. “It’s not fun going through life being teased and excluded. 7-Eleven and their patrons continue to make possible what every person with an intellectual disability hopes for – the chance to have friends and be included.”

Since 2011, 7-Eleven has raised more than $70,000 for Special Olympics New Mexico.

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