Community Connections are made in several ways at Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico.
Coats4Kids provides warm winter jackets to nearly 3,000 children residing in southern New Mexico. Without this program, our community children would lack the proper attire to stay safe and warm during the winter months. New/gently used coats are given out to children from birth-5th grade who preregister. US Bank partners with Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, Comet Cleaners, and KVLC 101 Gold to sponsor Coats for Kids every year. The event has taken place since 1995, distributing 33,000 coats to needy children in Doña Ana County.
Free Tax Preparation: CAASNM partners with AARP to offers clients a free tax program every year. By providing this free program, clients are able to confidently have their taxes filed without the burden of costly tax preparation businesses. In 2013, clients received over $4 million in refunds by taking advantage of this free service!
The Children’s Reading Foundation provides reading materials for children in the community so they have access to books and can foster a love of reading at a young age. Children’s Reading Foundation also provides educational classes for parents encouraging children to read at a young age to help them be prepared for success in school and throughout their lives. CRF also has partnered with Mountain View and Memorial Hospitals to give new parents age appropriate books and starter kits to encourage reading to children from birth on.
KidsKare Health Fair is an annual outreach event that helps kids get free dental screenings and access to other health resources while participating in a carnival event with games and prizes. Held before Thanksgiving, turkey giveaways are included. CAASNM provides fiscal sponsorship.
Cancer Aid Resource & Education, Inc. (CARE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing or assisting in services, resources, general education, and other additional services that will help address the challenges that many Doña Ana County cancer patients, children and adults, face while receiving treatment for any type of cancer. CARE is committed to providing services to improve the quality of life of our cancer patients and their loved ones so that cancer suffering may be alleviated in Doña Ana County.
Services CARE offers, if funds are available:
- Survivor personal items, including: wigs, hats, scarves, bras, prosthesis, and sleeves
- Lymphedema items
- Copay assistance–medical and prescription
- Utility assistance
- Gas vouchers
- Payment for early cancer detection tests: mammograms, possibility of payment of few blood tests
- Other assistance cancer patients need on case by case basis
All financial assistance is paid directly to third parties on behalf of CARE through CAASNM as fiscal sponsor.