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News & Announcements
Southwest Area Annual Golf Classic
HELP- New Mexico will be hosting its annual Golf Classic on May 5, 2018 at the New Mexico State University Golf Course.
“Our goal is to raise $25,000,” said Annette Baca, HELP-New Mexico’s Board Member. “We provide so many essential services to New Mexicans, and proceeds from the Golf Classic will be integral to that.”
This year, in addition to traditional programming, money from the sponsorships will go toward the National Head Start Association’s Dollar per Child Campaign, aimed at raising a dollar for each child enrolled in Head Start; and to the Hispanic Woman Scholarship, founded by former HELP-New Mexico employee Rita Garcia-McManus.
Among the services provided by HELP-New Mexico are adult education, job training, early childhood development and education, youth development and care, housing construction, rural health clinics, land development, job placement, literacy training, affordable housing, nutritious meals, and family counseling.
“In order to meet our financial goal, we are asking for local businesses and individuals to consider participating as sponsor,” Annette Baca said.
There are several levels of sponsorship available, ranging from $250 to $5,000.
The deadline for registration is April 27, 2018.
For more information about the tournament, including questions relating to sponsorship levels, contact Cary Hamilton at (575) 520-4204.
National Farmworker Awareness Week
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) is partnering with HELP New Mexico to celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW) by participating in its annual National Long Sleeve Shirt Drive. HELP New Mexico will be collecting shirts from March 25-31 on behalf of AFOP, a national organization with the goal of improving the quality
of life for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.
Help New Mexico will be working directly with communities to spread awareness about AFOP’s drive and about National Farmworker Awareness Week, also taking place from March 25-31. The dates coincide with the birthday of activist Cesar Chavez, who fought for better working conditions for America’s farmworkers. “We are looking for lightly-worn, light-colored, long-sleeve shirts,” Said Vashti Kelly, AFOP’s Health & Safety Programs Manager. “These shirts will be donated to farmworkers across the nation so they can protect themselves from pesticide exposure and heat-related illnesses.
Our country’s 2.5 million farmworkers face long hours of arduous work putting their health and safety at risk due to exposure to dangerous pesticides and heat stress.” A gently used long-sleeve shirt can help prevent exposure to pesticides by covering the skin, which is the most common route of pesticide poisoning due to its exposure. “A lot of New Mexicans support their families with farm work, so it’s very important for our organization to get involved,” said HELP New Mexico’s Regional Manager, Evangeline Touchine. “Their contributions to our communities are invaluable.”
HELP New Mexico supports the state’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers by providing job training and job development so that they can secure employment with higher wages and achieve greater self-sufficiency.
February 7th, 2018, “Help-New Mexico, Inc. Day” in the Senate
(Santa Fe, N.M.) New Mexico’s 53rd legislature declared February 7th, 2018, “Help-New Mexico, Inc. Day” in the Senate. Introduced by Senator Pete Campos, the memorial was declared in honor of the organization’s rich tradition of community service and commitment.
Founded in 1965, Help New Mexico provides a wide array of services to adults, teens, seniors, and children in 22 counties throughout the state. Services include adult education, job training, early childhood development and education, youth development and care, literacy training, affordable housing, nutritious meals, and family counseling. Over the years, more than 1 million people have been impacted by the services provided. Help New Mexico is honored to have received recognition for its superior services.
Free Tax Preparation Services
It’s tax season and if you’re wondering where to find help doing your taxes this year, HelpNM is participating in the VITA Tax program. VITA is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) program designed to help low and moderate income (generally, $54,000 or less) taxpayers, seniors, and individuals with disabilities complete their annual tax returns at no cost.
Volunteers are trained and certified to ensure low income families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), receive it.
Please visit your nearest HELP-New Mexico office location listed to assist you with your tax returns from
February 1, 2018 through April 17, 2018. Locations will be appointments only.