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Give Grandly

Your chance to help groups that help others

by Frost McGahey



What do horses, cats, dogs, children, the elderly and those in crisis have in common?

They all need your help.

On May 5, dozens of nonprofits throughout the area will join together for a national day of local giving. It’s part of a larger campaign called Give Local America. This partnership allows communities to raise significant funds for local organizations – the ones that make our community the great place it is. Every dollar given will be magnified through local and national funds.

This is the first in a series of three articles over the coming months highlighting some of the participating non-profits.

Elderly, unwanted and abused horses fi nd sanctuary at
the End of the Road Ranch. The ranch is one of several
local organizations that relies on volunteers and local
donations to operate. May 5 is Give Local America day.

The High Desert Humane Society helps companion animals through shelter care, adoption, community education and programs to control pet overpopulation. The Humane Society accepts lost, abandoned and friendless animals, as well as those no longer suitable for their family. The Society also tries to reunite lost pets with their owners and find homes for adoptable dogs, cats, and other small pets.

The Humane Society also offers reduced fee vaccination clinics, cremation services, and commu-nity emergency evac-uation sheltering. The Halt a Litter To-day (HALT) Program partially supported by Our Paws’ Cause Thrift Shop provides financial assistance for spaying and neutering.

A separate nonprofit, the Spay/Neuter Awareness Program (SNAP) works to reduce the great number of homeless cats and dogs in southwest New Mexico. Unfortunately, 62 percent of animals – double the national average – end up euthanized in this county. SNAP assists low-income pet owners to spay and neuter their animals by paying the majority of surgery costs. The owner is responsible for a small co-pay. Since 2002, SNAP has given thousands of local pets happier and healthier lives while preventing unwanted litters.

On a national average, it costs taxpayers $100 to round up, house, destroy and dispose of a stray animal. SNAP is an all-volunteer organization that receives no government funding, only donations and grants. Except for postal expenses, every dollar donated goes directly to spay or neuter a local pet.

Border Area Mental Health Services began as a volunteer telephone crisis service 41 years ago for laid off miners. Currently their largest program is Juvenile Community Corrections (JCC). JCC is an alternative to incarceration for youth on probation or supervised release. It involves assisting youth and their families in effectively moving out of the legal system and into a constructive life. JCC helps them develop skills to make life-changing choices that create a positive effect on the youth and the community.

Additionally, Border Area offers mental health and substance abuse counseling for individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, anger, marital problems, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Most clients receive services on a sliding fee scale. Donations are needed in order to serve more people in the community.

For 35 years Guadalupe Montessori School (GMS) has provided the best in education for children ages 18 months to 12 years old. GMS provides before- and after-school care for working families as well as an excellent summer program open to the entire community. The school strives to help students become citizens who can contribute to society.

The school employs a highly talented and dedicated staff while keeping tuition affordable. Nationally, GMS is viewed as a model school for Montessori education. The children are motivated to learn, explore, question and work cooperatively and avoid problems common to their peers. GMS contributes to many community efforts and provides young community leaders.

Grant County Senior Olympics provides adults 50 years and older with opportunities for a healthy, active lifestyle. Their mission is to promote physical fitness for seniors in the community. They do this by organizing yearly Olympic-style events, games and shows. Last year they offered 21 main events with 101 sub-groups ranging from archery to track and field.

The organization provides some of the equipment and all of the event co-ordination. Seniors are encouraged to try out new sports. Last year Senior Olympics introduced Disc golf as an event and had their first pickleball tournament. An annual awards dinner, featuring a dance and talent events, recognizes participants and awards medals. They also have dance and talent events. To continue to grow, the Senior Olympics needs the financial support of individuals.

Life Quest Inc. has been providing services to the developmentally disabled and their fami-lies for more than 40 years. They provide a variety of services to adults 18 and over, such as fi nding employment and becoming involved in the community. For all eligible children, birth to three years old, Life Quest offers more than 17 different services including speech, physical, and occupational therapies. Life Quest acts as a bridge to resources and offers support for individuals and their families. Life Quest sees its role as empowering individuals and their families.

Both state and federal budgets have been cut in recent years, negatively affecting Life Quest. Although primarily funded by various government entities, Life Quest is restricted to using these funds for services only. It will be through the Give Grandly that Life Quest can continue to upgrade and maintain their historic building at Pope Street and College Avenue in Silver City, purchase needed supplies and provide staff training which in turn benefits all individuals served.

The End of the Road Ranch rescues elderly, abused or unwanted horses and gives them a place to live out their lives in a safe and natural environment. The Ranch currently has 35 horses, ranging from three months to 25 years old. This sanctuary began taking in horses in need in 2005 and is still completely run by dedicated volunteers. The Ranch welcomes visitors by appointment on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The volunteers are happy to talk about fostering, sponsorship or adopting a horse. To contact, call 575-313-5714 or email sanctuary@endoftheroadranchsc.com

The Ranch seeks to educate the community about horses in order to better the relationship between owners and their animals. Owners have the responsibility to treat these magnificent creatures with the care and quality of life they deserve.

On Tuesday, May 5, these and other nonprofits will gather in Gough Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to encourage the community to donate to their favorite cause. Online giving will also be available for the full 24 hours that day. Show your support to those organizations that make Grant County a better place to live.

For more information, contact Barrett Brewer, chair of the Grant County Community Foundation, barrettbrewer@mac.com, 575-525-4747.



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