Learn more about our 46 non-profit partners by reading their mission statements below. These organizations are categorized by their primary focus, but for more specific information please click the organization web-page link.
Abuse, Prevention and Response
- El Refugio, Inc.– Empowers all persons affected by domestic and sexual violence by providing advocacy, education and services in a safe and supportive environment.
- The Healing House, Inc. – Provides comprehensive support and intervention services to people impacted by domestic violence, by offering emergency shelter, protection order advocacy, counseling, immigration advocacy, and education and training classes.
- La Casa, Inc.– To provide advocacy, education and support for victims of abuse, to support programs that reduce abuse and to encourage healthy relationships. Specializes in domestic violence emergency shelter relief and comprehensive services to help families living with violence.
- La Piñon Sexual Assault Recovery Services– Provides comprehensive services related to sexual violence and child abuse to individuals, families and the community.
- A Children’s Theatre of Mesilla Valley Fund– An educational theatre and film arts studio based in Las Cruces that focuses on the growth of children ages 3 to 18. The organization produces four mainstage productions, special performances, an offers three separate age group theatre classes throughout the year.
- Alamogordo Music Theatre–A non-profit, all-volunteer corporation devoted solely to musical theater that provides scholarships from event earnings.
- Doña Ana Arts Council– Enhances the quality of life in Las Cruces and southern New Mexico by ensuring that the performing, visual, and literary arts are an integral part of education, economic growth, and community development. By staging memorable events, producing innovative programs, supporting emerging artists, and leading the arts community with effective advocacy, the Arts Council continues to broaden the vision of the arts in the greater Mesilla Valley.
- Flickinger Center for Performing Arts– A thriving performing arts center in Alamogordo that strives to enhance the quality of lives and promote economic prosperity. Hosts a variety of entertainment, including international and national touring concerts, plays, musicals, dance, cirque, and magic/illusion.
- Foundation for Las Cruces Museums– Provides financial resources, volunteer efforts and advocacy for the Las Cruces Museum System. Which includes four Smithsonian-affiliated museums: The Branigan Cultural Center, the Museum of Art, the Museum of Nature and Science, and the Railroad Museum.
- Las Cruces Arts Association– A non-profit arts organization based in Las Cruces. They focus on fostering an environment for all artists of all levels, to come together to learn and to share the joy of art and extend that enjoyment to the Greater Community.
Children and Families
- AppleTree Educational Center– This Sierra County organization strives in “meeting the needs of the ‘whole child.’” This also includes the family and community through high-quality, affordable programs that are accessible to all.
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwestern New Mexico– Provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
- Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces– Enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
- Community Playground- Unidad Park– Community playgrounds encourage the development of important life skills and attitudes as well as bring people together. This project was started with the support of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation.
- Hearts for Autism – Empowering families of southern New Mexico, celebrating the unique needs of autism and educating the community to embrace us all.
- Imagination Library of Grant County – Promotes literacy for all Grant County preschool children (from birth to age 5) by delivering books to their homes monthly and support the expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library throughout the state of New Mexico.
- Jardin De Los Niños– Creates new possibilities for homeless and near homeless children and their families through loving childcare, education, and the use of community resources.
- Mesilla Valley CASA– Advocates for children in foster care and protects their interests.
- Mesilla Valley Youth Foundation, Inc. Court Youth Center – Working with adult artists and educators, youth, from 12 to 24, create lifelong learning opportunities in the performing, visual literary and culinary arts through education, leisure and career development programs where the voices of our youth are heard, valued and celebrated.
- New Mexico School for the Blind & Visually Impaired– Serves as an innovative leader and unifying entity in the field of educating students birth-high school who are blind or visually impaired. Aims to identify and ensure quality education through collaborative relationships with students, families, and local/ state/national partners to provide outstanding advocacy, training, resources, and support services, thus ensuring that all students who are blind or visually impaired will become independent, productive members of their communities.
- Zia Therapy Center, Inc.– Provides services to individuals and families, including those with special needs, in order to maximize their strengths, to enable them to reach their fullest potential, and to enhance their quality of life.
- Doña Ana County Humane Society– Serves as an advocate for the animals and their people in Doña Ana County and to maintain an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion through education, legislation and leadership. Committed to reducing animal overpopulation and defending the abused.
- Spay and Neuter Action Program (SNAP)– Prevents the suffering and death of dogs and cats due to overpopulation.
- The Bridge of Southern New Mexico– Facilitates collaboration and leverages resources between public and private sectors to support educational excellence and optimize the workforce in Doña Ana County.
- New Mexico State University Alamogordo Foundation– The NMSU-A Foundation is a nonprofit organization established for the purpose of advancing NMSU-A and its objectives. In its effort to promote and support education, the Foundation seeks to provide funding for the education and welfare of NMSU-A, its students, faculty and staff.
- Good Samaritan Society – Las Cruces Village (Las Cruces Senior Citizens Corporation)–Shares God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone. Dedicated to providing a variety of opportunities and activities for citizens 50+.
- Mesilla Valley Hospice, Inc.– To continue the legacy of providing comfort and compassionate care to our community.
- Asombro Institute for Science Education– Dedicated to increasing natural science literacy through engaging, place-based education.
- Human Systems Research, Inc.– Conducts archaeological research, engages in preservation activities, and provides public education programs throughout New Mexico.
Hunger and the Homeless
- Casa de Peregrinos– To alleviate hunger in our community through the acquisition and distribution of nutritious food. Committed to promoting public awareness of hunger in Doña Ana County and to securing broad-based support for hunger prevention and relief in the county. Serves as a safety link for those unable to purchase nutritious food due to an emergency or unforeseen personal crisis.
- El Caldito Soup Kitchen– Prepares and serves meals daily for the homeless and the poverty-afflicted populations of Las Cruces and its surrounding rural communities.
- Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission– Provides for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the homeless, poor, and needy through the provision of basic physical needs (i.e. food, shelter, clothing, and hygiene), outreach, job training and life skills and to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to assist those in whom we minister in building a spiritual foundation, and ability to become productive citizens without regard to race, color, creed, gender, national origin or disability.
- St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic, Inc. (dba Amador Health Center)– Provides access to vital integrated health and wellness services to our community and promote dignity one life at a time, specifically with the homeless and indigent people in Doña Ana County.
- Mesilla Valley Community of Hope– Promotes dignity and empowerment among the homeless population by providing shelter services, case management, income support and permanent housing programs in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County, New Mexico.
Overall Community Impact
- Cancer Aid Resource and Education Inc. (CARE)–helping to improve the quality of life of Doña Ana County cancer patients, children and adults.
- Colonias Development Council– Has two main social enterprises: Chaparral Family Development Center, that focuses on early childhood education, including three PreKinder, infant care, and afterschool programs and the Integrated Services for Immigrant Families Program that provides legal immigration services, citizenship preparation courses, and trainings for Promotoras de Apoyo Familiar.
- Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, Inc.– Builds self-reliance for low-income New Mexicans by connecting our community to high-impact programs that encourage family wellness, empower families and bridge resources.
- Las Cruces Aquatic Club, Inc.– Provides the opportunity for swimmers to develop, through discipline and commitment, their abilities in competitive swimming while growing as individuals.
Regional Branches of Large Charity Organizations
- Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity– Works in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building simple, decent homes in Las Cruces where people can live and grow into all that God intended.
- Salvation Army of Las Cruces– Material and spiritual support is our standard – social services delivered with compassion is our model – anyone in need is the prerequisite.
- United Way of Southwest New Mexico– Improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.
- Junior League of Las Cruces, Inc.– An organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
- Women’s Intercultural Center– To provide a place for women to learn and work together to develop their social, spiritual, economic, and political potential.