Vecino, Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund – Part 4

NMF’s Vecino, Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund supported COVID-19 response and relief efforts throughout New Mexico since the start of the pandemic. In early July we started a weekly series featuring inspirational stories from the community; this is the final installment of our four-part series. 

We wish to recognize and thank the many organizations and tribes supported through Vecino for their commitment and efforts to support our families and communities in New Mexico during this critical and challenging time. 

Special thanks to individual donors and local, national foundations and funders that enabled NMF to distribute 40 grants for a total of $170,862 to non-profit organizations and tribes. We are truly grateful for their support.

Santo Domingo Pueblo

 Santo Domingo Pueblo (SDP) is very grateful that New Mexico Foundation is working to help address the ongoing impacts related to this virus.”

Phoebe K. Suina
Owner & President
High Water Mark, LLC

Funding from NMF was used to prevent and respond to COVID-19 in the Pueblo by conducting emergency mitigation and protective measures in the following areas: Emergency operations and coordination; Education and communications; Countermeasures and mitigation; PPE and medical supplies; Water, food, and personal hygiene essentials distribution; Health wrap-around services; and other COVID-related response needs. For more information visit their  website .

La Casa, Inc.

Approximately three-quarters (71%) of the domestic violence victims identified by law enforcement officials in New Mexico were female. As New Mexico’s largest domestic violence agency, La Casa modified their business model because of COVID-19 and did not stop providing services. The agency adapted to doing support groups on Zoom, intakes over the phone, and identifying ways to get clients what they need. La Casa, a comprehensive agency located in Las Cruces, continued to accept new clients. 

Through Vecino funding, La Casa has been able to adapt their services to provide safe services that clients need. They continue to feed, house, clothe, and provide services during this unprecedented pandemic by purchasing healthy food, transporting clients to essential appointments, helping clients find employment through technology, and find sustainable homes that make them feel safe. For more information about La Casa visit their website .

“In the past 4 months (and we are just getting started) we have been able to help Las Cruces residents, especially seniors, with thousands of packages including meals, sanitizers, masks, water and much more. Thank you for your help in making it possible!”

Rabbi Bery Schmukler  

Chabad of Las Cruces

Chabad hosted a drive-thru distribution of packages containing masks, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. All 300 packages were given out, plus hundreds more masks and toilet paper were given out free of charge to whomever needed them, no questions asked. With Shabbat (Sabbath) Observance an integral part of Judaism, on Fridays we deliver 25-30 Shabbat Pick-Me-Up packages to the doors of friends, neighbors, and community members within the Jewish Faith.

These bags include the traditional foods of Challah bread, chicken matzah ball soup and chocolate Babka cake, as well as a candle-lighting kit with which Jewish women and families usher in the Shabbat each Friday evening. Chabad is also committed to help the entire community with basic needs and groceries, even rent and a car payment. For more information visit their website.

Photo credit: Rabbi Bery Schmukler 
Photo credit: Rabbi Bery Schmukler 

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