New or Gently Used Jackets Needed for 20th Annual Coats for Kids Drive

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, US Bank, Comet Cleaners, Gold 101, and D2 Design are preparing for this year’s 20th Annual Coats for Kids program. During last year’s distribution event, volunteers were able to supply over 4,500 coats to low-income children aged 12 and under. Over 38,000 coats have been given to needy children in Dona Ana County, since the program began 1995.  Continue reading

Public Meeting Announcement

PUBLIC MEETING:  The Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, Inc., will have a public meeting at its offices at 3880 Foothills Road, Suite A in Las Cruces, on June 19, 2014  at 5:30 PM to receive public input on a plan for delivery of services and service priorities in the Counties of Dona Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, Grant and Sierra under the Community Services Block Grant.  Input may be provided in person at this meeting, or in writing, through June 18, 2014.  Written input may be mailed to 3880 Foothills Road Suite A, Las Cruces, NM 88011, hand-delivered to 3880 Foothills Road Suite A, or Faxed to 575-527-9028. Call 575-527-8799 for more information

CAASNM Employee Chosen to Present Doctoral Dissertation in Europe

Dr. Rodolfo Acosta-Pérez, the Director of Family Empowerment at the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM), has been invited to present his doctoral dissertation at the First World Conference of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS). Dr. Acosta-Pérez will travel to Joensuu, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia in order to present his thesis, entitled “Conspicuous Consumption and Drug-Trafficking in the U.S.- Mexico Border” to an international audience on June 9-13, 2014.

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CAASNM Employee Chosen as Honoree for the Lewis Hine Award

Adela Trujillo, the Director of Family Wellness at the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM), has been selected as one of ten honorees for the Lewis Hine Award. The award is named for Lewis Wickes Hine, an early 20th century muckraker whose photos of child labor practices were instrumental to the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, a federal law that protected children from workplace exploitation. Since 1987, the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) has annually recognized ten people across the nation – five volunteers and five professionals – for their exemplary records of service to children and young adults. Continue reading

Coats for Kids Partnership Distributes 4,322 Coats for Children in Need

The 19th Annual Coats for Kids project distributed 4,322 children’s jackets at this year’s event, held on November 23rd at the Convoy of Hope. Long-term partners include Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM), USBank, Comet Cleaners, Gold 101, and D2 Design.

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CAASNM receives $3,000 from Washington Federal

Community Action Agency was selected as one of two New Mexico nonprofits featured in the November “Locals Know Best”Campaign.   Continue reading

Hommer leads nonprofit to help Las Cruces, surrounding communities

Las Cruces Sun-News 11/11/2013: The adage goes, “choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life,” something Dawn Hommer adheres to every day in her role as CEO of the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico.Dawn Photo LC Sun News

“My favorite part of the job is that I’m getting paid to do something I would do for free,” she said.

Through her position as CEO, Hommer and her team at the nonprofit organization work with low-income community members to fight poverty and help them work toward self-sustainability through meaningful programs and long-term services. Continue reading

CAASNM Restructures to better serve our clients!

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) has undergone a program restructure, moving all programs and personnel under four Service Groups: Family Empowerment, Bridging Resources, Family Wellness, and Community Connections. Continue reading

Community Action Agency of Southern NM Receives $5,000 Grant from U.S. Bank

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation Grants Program. Funds will be used to support the Family Empowerment service group. Continue reading

CAASNM) partners with Innovate+Educate (I+E) and Skill-Ready Doña Ana to Better Serve Job Seekers

In the spirit of collaboration and community service, CAASNM and the Skill-Ready Doña Ana program have aligned their resources in order to help more job seekers find employment. Continue reading