Charity & Grassroots in New Mexico

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Holiday Olé's lineup of 60 of Albuquerque's top vendors conquers lengthy gift lists while raising funds to combat hunger in the Albuquerque area. Shoppers can peruse intelligence-bolstering gifts by Discovery Toys or engage in a lively discussion with an opinionated smock from The Sassy Apron. Prettifying products by Mary Kay Cosmetics stuff stockings without clogging pores, and the many cocoa-laced treats at the Chocolate Cartel satiate holiday sweet teeth. Otherwise, visitors and their children can simply shout their present demands to Santa Claus himself in the presence of notarized photo paper. Benevolent shoppers can also enter their names or Winston Churchill fan-fiction pennames into raffles before sampling delicious fare from local vendors. Proceeds from the event benefit The Storehouse and Rio Grande Food Project.

800 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest
Albuquerque,
NM
US

Earth Care provides programming that aims to empower and educate youth to foster healthy, sustainable communities. Programs emphasize food justice, sustainable practices in schools, and civic engagement of young people through its Youth Allies program, which provides leadership opportunities that engage youth in social and environmental issues through grassroots campaigns, conferences, and community-action projects.

6600 Valentine Way
Santa Fe,
NM
US

Kicking off a grand reopening with a fresh creative direction, Aux Dog Theatre is a non-profit organization that stages a potpourri of community-supported productions to enlighten audiences with classic and modern works. Theater junkies can experience performances selected from an eclectic array of five productions through August 14, all of which are presented in high-def and glasses-free 3-D.

3011 Monte Vista Blvd NE
Albuquerque,
NM
US

A group of high-school students founded Tree New Mexico with a simple motive in mind: planting trees in their community and nationwide is beneficial. Today, after more than two decades and one million trees planted, this humble organization has established itself as a powerhouse in restoration, tree planting, and advocacy, ensuring the growth of sustainable forests in urban, rural, and natural areas of New Mexico and Navajoland in Arizona.

A group of high-school students founded Tree New Mexico with a simple motive in mind: planting trees in their community and nationwide is beneficial. Today, after more than two decades and one million trees planted, this humble organization has established itself as a powerhouse in restoration, tree planting, and advocacy, ensuring the growth of sustainable forests in urban, rural, and natural areas of New Mexico and Navajoland in Arizona.

Though its primary goal may seem simple, Tree New Mexico extends its efforts to engender holistic environment improvement through a net of programs. The Plant a Million More initiative aims to double the number of trees the organization has planted in order to reduce pollution in the environment, the River Rescue program restores rivers, lakes, and wetlands by planting poles and native vegetation and removing invasive species, and the Carbon Neutral program works to offset corporations' and individuals' carbon emissions with urban reforestation.

6101 Anderson Ave SE
Albuquerque,
NM
US

Callers rattle off random numbers and ink daubers dot colorful cards during rounds of bingo sponsored by the New Mexico Sheriffs and Police Association, a nonprofit outfit devoted to the advocacy of law-enforcement agencies. With proceeds going toward officer survival training, sheriffs' coalitions, and scholarships, these hosted bingo nights help strengthen the southwest's police forces and instill fear into the hearts of people trying to cheat their way to the game’s cash prizes.

140 Juan Tabo Blvd NE
Albuquerque,
NM
US

Myra Krien has belly danced since she could walk. Coming from a family that produces zen philosophers and artists, she harbored a natural curiosity for the arts, and when her mother brought her to her first belly-dancing lesson at the age of 3, Myra never toddled away. In the intervening years, Myra has studied with some of the Middle East's most prolific and respected dancers, and her dancing has earned her gigs opening for musicians and other artists throughout the United States.

Now, as the owner and director of Pomegranate Studios, Myra and her team of instructors introduce new dancers to the art and refine intermediate dancers' skills in myriad classes. Students can learn styles spanning from Asia to urban America or tone up muscles in sessions designed for fitness. The studio's dance company trains performers aspiring to become professional dancers, and Myra's afterschool S.E.E.D.S program helps young women avoid the normal afterschool hopscotch gambling rings while teaching them about empowerment and educating them in the arts.

535 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe,
NM
US