Throughout the year and especially during the Season of Giving, there are many ways to get involved and give back in Santa Fe. Non-profit organizations have suffered terribly during the Covid-19 Pandemic and are in desperate need of volunteers and donations. Though many organizations tried to hold virtual fundraisers last year, they were not as successful as in person events have been in previous years.
If you are in a position to give in any way, please do. Any amount of volunteer time, donation of clothing, food or money, can make a difference to someone in need. No donation is too small.
New Mexico has long held one of the worst rates of child food insecurity in the country. Pre-Covid rates were 26% with post-Covid rates as high at 38% in some counties. The Santa Fe Food Depot, https://thefooddepot.org/n2n/, has stepped up to fill the empty pantries and bellies of New Mexicans. There are many ways to help – a one-time donation, monthly recurring donations and volunteers are needed daily to sort and pack food and work the bi-weekly food distributions.
Another wonderful organization that helps to feed our neighbors in need is Kitchen Angels, https://kitchenangels.org/, which prepares and delivers free, nutritious meals to Northern New Mexicans who are homebound and facing life challenging illnesses and conditions.Volunteers are always needed to work in the kitchen, to deliver meals, to donate or to work special fundraising events.
Santa Fe also offers a helping hand to our homeless adult and youth populations. The Interfaith Community Shelter, https://interfaithsheltersf.org, provides food, shelter, a warm shower and a chance to pick up a clean pair of socks or a blanket. Volunteers are needed to prepare meals, staff the community closet and donations of clothing, (especially underwear and socks) shampoo and other grooming supplies are always appreciated. The Youth Shelter, https://youthshelters.org/, can always use donations, gift cards to buy supplies and is always in need of diapers in all sizes. St. Elizabeth’s Shelter, https://www.steshelter.org/, is dedicated to assisting homeless individuals and families by providing emergency shelter, food, case management, and counseling, as well as supportive housing and referrals to partnering human service agencies.
Last but not least, are the wonderful organizations that help animals in need. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, https://sfhumanesociety.org/, the Espanola Humane Society, https://www.espanolahumane.org/, and Feline and Friends, https://www.fandfnm.org/contact-us.html, help animals of every shape, size and breed to find their forever homes. Donations of money, time, blankets/towels, pet beds and pet food are always appreciated.
The Horse Shelter, https://thehorseshelter.org/, and The Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, https://www.kindredspiritsnm.org/, care for some of our larger, furry friends providing eldercare and hospice to horses, dogs and poultry.
Happy Holidays to you all, please count your blessings and give all you can to others in need.