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Welcome to New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism

The indigenous communities of North America and New Mexico have even longer traditions of community-centered social structures and inter-generational responsibility. Democratic participation and civic engagement provide the foundation and framework for our nation’s political values. A more active and engaged citizenry remains both a goal and a source of pride for our country and our state.

The 2012-2013 New Mexico State Profile is live and available on the State Profiles page of The Corporation for National and Community Service website. In addition to the current program year, you can also access the previous eight years of New Mexico State Profiles.

Also posted are the Service Location Reports, these reports show the locations of all AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in New Mexico, demonstrating the extraordinary reach of national service in communities across the country.

Given the large number of CNCS grantees, subgrantees, and operating sites, and the constantly-changing nature of the data, State Profiles show available information at a snapshot in time. They are a reminder of the vital support that CNCS provides to thousands of organizations and communities to help them tackle critical local challenges through results-driven service.

moveWe are so excited that many of you will be joining Mayor Berry on Tuesday, April 9th to help recognize, honor, and give thanks to our City's Volunteers! Reminder to get your Volunteer of The Year nominations in! (You can submit online, the link is below). Also, we hope many of you will kick off the celebration by participating in the Pizza 9 fundraiser TOMORROW, THURSDAY, March 14, 2013! 50% of all participating sales from the Pizza 9 downtown location will be donated towards this event. Plan an office lunch, a date, or a family dinner with Pizza 9 tomorrow! (Please print and take the coupon/flyer with you when you pick up your order).

Download PDF of the Pizza 9 Flyer

Read more: M.O.V.E. Announcements for the week MOVE (Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism & Engagement)

EcoServants spent part of AmeriCorps Week in Albuquerque for an American Red Cross training on Shelter Fundamentals.

The exercise in Shelter Fundamentals was held by the American Red Cross in New Mexico in conjunction with the AmeriCorps National Preparedness and Response Corps. The evaluators were all Red Cross volunteers from Albuquerque and Farmington. Other participants in the training represented RWTC teams from Sandia National Labs and NM Gas Company from Albuquerque. There are a few things to consider when operating a shelter, and for things to run smoothly responsibilities are broken into three core categories: registration, dormitory, and material support. All parts of the shelter work together cohesively, and volunteers frequently change what area they work in on a shift-to-shift basis, meaning all members must be well versed in every aspect of shelter operations. Covering procedures is important, and knowing what goes into opening a shelter will make us better prepared to assist in any disasters to come.

Read more: AmeriCorps Week - EcoServants @ the American Red Corss

As you are likely aware, Congress failed to reach a deal on balanced deficit reduction to avoid the across-the-board budget reductions commonly known as “sequestration.”  Thus, the President was required by law to issue a sequestration order.  This order cancels approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources across the Federal government for the remainder of the Federal fiscal year. 

Given your relationship with the Corporation for National and Community Service, we wanted to provide you with information about how these unfortunate budget cuts will affect our programs. 

CNCS’s senior leadership team has engaged in extensive planning efforts to mitigate the effect of these cuts. In planning how to implement a possible sequestration, our guiding principle has been to protect the ability to perform our core mission on behalf of the American people.   While these types of cuts are painful, we have carefully considered how to use the various tools at our disposal to reduce costs and mitigate to the extent possible the disruption to our operations, to our programs, and to all of you.  

Impact on AmeriCorps State and National

As a result of sequestration, an estimated 3,600 individuals would be denied the opportunity to serve as AmeriCorps members through the State and National program and earn money for college through national service.  As a result, AmeriCorps would provide up to 3.7 million fewer hours of critical service to community organizations that help Americans devastated by national disasters, improve academic performance of disadvantaged students, provide care for vulnerable populations and help improve the quality of life for our Nation’s veterans.  Additionally, Governors and States would receive less funding for community supports.

Read more: Important Information About Sequestration

Rio Grande Educational Collaborative (RGEC) will be working at two APS elementary schools, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon:

  1. Valle Vista ES (Morning): With the support of the principal, we will be assisting students who will be attending special classes to help prepare them for the State Based Assessments. This will include one on one tutoring, web based programming, test taking strategies, and support for the teachers. Our AmeriCorps members will supplement the work of the school teachers, counselors, and administrators on this day.

  2. Kit Carson ES (Afternoon): Our AmeriCorps members will be supporting a beautification day at Kit Carson, this will include planting trees, shrubs, and flowers. In addition, Juntos Por Los Ninos (together for the children) program, a program specific to Kit Carson, will follow up with a special science unit on eco systems and plant life and development right after the beautification process.

RGCFLogoRio Grande Community Farm (RGCF) in Collaboration with the Mid Region Council of Governments, the American Friends Service Committee and the Bernalillo County Extension Office cordially invite you to participate in a:

Day of Recognition for AmeriCorps Members

This event is in honor of AmeriCorps week in New Mexico and across the country:

Special Honorees:

Gabe Baker- Gabe served 2 terms as an AmeriCorps member from 2010-2012 at RGCF and was hired as the Hubbell House Coordinator for Bernalillo County Extension Office.

Gina Garland- Gina served 1 term in 2012 at RGCF and was then hired as the Sandoval County Extension Agent.

Both Gina and Gabe will be participating in the public workshop as presenters and we intend to honor their service through AmeriCorps.

What: No-Till Farming Workshop and Vermicomposting
When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Where: Rio Grande Community Farm barn located at 1701 Montano Rd, Albuquerque

Special guests: USDA Regional Administrator Josh Sherman and USDA specialist Jean Foster will be discussing Soil Health Management on farms in New Mexico.

Lunch will NOT be officially provided BUT we will have a big ole pot of rice and beans and tortillas, so you might want to bring a sack lunch. Call 379-1640 for further information.

In celebration of next week's AmeriCorps Week, AmeriCorps Alums is launching #MadeInAmeriCorps: a campaign to lift up the experiences, leadership and careers that were cultivated during a powerful experience in national service. As part of our AmeriCorps Week programming, we see an opportunity to (re)introduce state service commissions and CNCS state offices to the national alumni network – AmeriCorps Alums – as a partner and resource, with our shared goal of supporting members' "Life After AmeriCorps."

Read more: AmeriCorps Week 2013 Life After AmeriCorps resources from AmeriCorps Alums

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