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MESA Big Give

With Small Things We Can Make a Big Impact!

During the time of MESA’s Big Give (December 6-20, 2020), the MESA Family will contribute back to our communities across New Mexico.  Engaging in service learning provides us all with the opportunity to become active members of our community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large. Volunteerism enables all of us to acquire life skills and knowledge, helps to build community equity, as well as provides a service to those who need it most.

Join us! MESA students, advisors, families, staff, schools, Board Members, stakeholders, and all others welcome. Independent projects will be highlighted on our social media platforms and our website.

Requirements for Student/Advisor Credit (5 points Service Learning):

  • Complete your Service Project Sometime Between the Period of December 6, 2020 – December 20, 2020
  • Minimum of (1) Hour Service Learning Time Commitment
  • Completion of Service with a Community Member or Organization
    • Community Member Must be a Non-Family Member
  • Complete On-Line Submission Form by 11:59 PM on December 20, 2020

For Community Participants: Either complete submission form or submit information to anita@nmmesa.org .  We want to share the collective impact of our entire MESA Family. 

On-Line Submission Form will Collect:

  • Student Name and Contact Information (email, phone)
  • Person/Organization Contact Information (name, phone, mailing address)
  • Description of Service and Testimonial
  • Hour(s) Completed (Date, Time)
  • Picture of Service Completion. 
    • Ensure a respectful photo.  If photo has individuals, all individuals in photo should give permission for use. Please be sensitive to individuals that are receiving service. 
    • Photo can be of participant(s) doing service, the service itself, the building/location, finished project, etc. 
  • Preferred: Follow, Tag, and/or Share your Service Learning Experience on your Social Media

Suggestions for Service:

  • Complete your service with someone or an organization that has personal significance to you and/or your community.
  • Work as a MESA School Group to identify an organization that need’s assistance that can be done individually. 
  • Complete your service alone or with close friends and/or family.  
    • NOTE: Current COVID restrictions and guidelines should be followed. Maintain small groups and distancing guidelines.  Please mask up and sanitize when in public spaces. 
  • Our Big Give is a time commitment, but your service may include doing something that collects good for an organization: run/walk for a cause, organizing a toy drive, organizing a food collection, creating animal toys for a shelter, creating care packages for the military, creating overnight bags for foster children placement, collection of goods for a domestic violence program, etc. 
    • Credit will not be given just for donating items, it must also include a time commitment. 
  • Consider the elderly, a neighbor, or community members that need assistance with outdoor or home tasks: painting, snow removal, firewood, yard clean up, etc.
  • Contact local community centers that may need assistance: senior centers, CYFD, social services, animal shelters, homeless shelters, youth centers, etc. 
  • Consider donating your time to a school clothes closet or food pantry.
  • Consider a community clean up.  All that is needed are some garbage bags and some gloves. 
  • Consider Food Bank Assistance. To find a local pantry, you can visit: New Mexico Food Pantry Finder @ https://www.foodpantries.org/st/new_mexico. Below are the state food banks (Source: http://www.nmfoodbanks.org/)

New Mexico Food Banks:

THE COMMUNITY PANTRY – GALLUP

P.O. Box 520, Gallup, NM 87305
505-726-8068
http://thecommunitypantry.org/

Services the following counties: Cibola, McKinley

ECHO FOOD BANK – FARMINGTON

401 South Commercial Avenue, Farmington, NM 87401
505-326-3770
https://echoinc.org/

Services the following counties: San Juan

ROADRUNNER FOOD BANK – ALBUQUERQUE AND LAS CRUCES

5840 Office Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
505-247.2052
https://www.rrfb.org/

505 S. Main St., Suite, 129 A, Las Cruces, NM 88001
575.523.4390
https://www.rrfb.org/

Services the following counties: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sandoval, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance, Valencia

THE FOOD BANK OF EASTERN NEW MEXICO – CLOVIS 

2217 E. Brady, Clovis, NM 88101
575-763-6130
http://www.fbenm.org/

Services the following counties: Curry, DeBaca, Guadalupe, Quay, Roosevelt

THE FOOD DEPOT – SANTA FE

1222 A Siler Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507
505-471-1633
https://www.thefooddepot.org/

Services the following counties: Colfax, Harding, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos, Union

 

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