2008-Civic-Blueprint-Update-1Final-Blueprint-1Mission of the Commission

The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism adopted its by-laws in September of 1997. In Article I of these by-laws, the Commission identified its mission and purpose. This mission and purpose statement is the foundation on which the Commission’s role is built. The statement guides its efforts in serving all citizens of New Mexico.

“The Commission’s mission is to engage citizens of New Mexico of all ages and backgrounds in community based service; such service will address New Mexico’s human, educational, environmental, public safety, health, housing and other needs to achieve direct and beneficial results.

The Commission has for its purpose the promotion and guidance of Corporation for National Service grant expenditures in a judicious and reasonable manner, consistent with pertinent provisions of federal law and regulation.”

New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism’s Core Values

Members of the Commission, representatives of all Corporation supported programs and other traditional programs from around the state met to discuss needs in New Mexico and formulated the core values for community service. The following values exemplify New Mexico’s ethic of volunteerism and service:

  • Promote programs that develop sustainable communities in which empowered citizens of all ages identify and address community needs through innovative responses, which enhance the quality of life.

  • Community service and volunteerism are a way of life, a valued part of New Mexico’s culture that is supported, recognized and celebrated.

  • Active participation in public life is encouraged among New Mexicans of all ages, income and ethnic origins.

  • Community service is a vital part of life which enhances citizens’ sense of individual and community responsibility while strengthening inter-cultural relations and celebrating cultural pride.

State Priorities and Goals for Community Service in New Mexico

The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism and its partners have identified the following state priorities and goals as unique to the state and complementary to the national priorities identified by the Corporation for National Service. These priorities and goals support the mission and purpose of the Commission and are in line with New Mexico’s core values on community service. All National Service programs in the state should address one of the identified priorities and serve to further the statewide goals.

For 2010 the focus will be on a two tier set of priorities. The first tier is the Serve America Act priorities and the second tier is New Mexico priorities:

First Tier:

  • Education - Unmet educational needs within communities especially those that help children and youth achieve success in school and prevent them from dropping out before high school graduation.

  • Healthy Futures - Unmethealth needs within communities including access to health care,disease prevention and health promotion initiatives, and health literacy.

  • Clean Energy/Environment - Unmet energy-efficiency and environmental needs within communities.

  • Veterans - Unmet needs of veterans, members of the Armed Forces who are on active duty, and family members of deployed military personnel and engages veterans in service.

  • Opportunity - Unmet needs relating to economic opportunity for economically disadvantaged individuals within communities including financial literacy, housing assistance, job training, and nutritional assistance.

Second Tier:

  • Youth Corps – Rapid Response Corps, Youth Civic Justice Corps, Sovereign Nation Service Corps
  • Service Learning
  • Federal Work-study

The above priorities will allow the Commission to focus their energies on a set of priorities, however because we believe that service as a strategy is a tool, we believe that all of the above merit strong consideration.

Program Overview

The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism (NMCCV) began to engage New Mexicans from all economic backgrounds and ages in community work in 1999. The program has continued to thrive and currently boasts 8600 volunteers working throughout the state.

The NMCCV is administratively attached to the Children, Youth and Families Department. The Corporation for National and Community Service whose headquarters are in the Nation's Capital provides funding to states for program grant awards. The process is complex and offers formula and competitive grant opportunities.

Promoting a sense of community by addressing social, environmental, educational, homeland security and public safety are the foundation for a robust and creative approach to volunteerism in New Mexico.

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