Hector Rodriguez, a long time resident of Chaparral, NM, knocked on over 130 doors in last month’s primary elections to encourage his neighbors to vote. He desires for his community’s voice to be heard so that families have access to infrastructure, education and a higher quality of life for all. Leaders like Hector will shape the future of Chaparral. Susan & Patrick Fitzgerald retired to New Mexico 5 years ago and today are active in their synagogue working towards fair treatment of immigrants and their families as well as building bridges across faith traditions and cultures. Rose Ann Vasquez started as a homeowner facing foreclosure that came to an informational meeting at First Christian Church over a year ago. Today she leads our policy work to combat preventable foreclosures, and recently received a long awaited loan modification allowing her to stay in her home where she raised her family.
These stories and our work led by community Leaders is not by accident. This year NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (CAFé) launched our “Land of Opportunity” Campaign that will shape a new narrative of faith in action in New Mexico. In 2011-12 we engaged over 400 leaders in multiple events and trainings that brought thoughtful and prayerful action on issues of foreclosure, immigration and healthcare in communities across Dona Ana County. Your financial contribution to our mission will help us impact the rest of 2012 significantly.
Through your contribution you will be investing in the development, training and increased civic participation among a broad range of community leaders like Hector, the Fitzgeralds and Rose Ann, across all of Southern New Mexico.
Our aspiration for 2012 is to build regional capacity supporting grassroots faith-based community organizing that broaden opportunity for families. This means that we will engage 10,000 households to vote that usually never get contacted to vote. It means that we no longer accept the notion that we have 5,000 uninsured children in Dona Ana County who qualify but are not enrolled in Medicaid. It means that we break the link between losing your job and losing your home.
Local, sustainable sources of funding provides us the freedom and flexibility necessary to serve our communities and organize families for their own success. We appreciate your contribution to NM CAFé.
Donations can be mailed or delivered to:
1809 El Paseo Rd
Las Cruces, NM 88001
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Select "Choose a PICO affiliate in your community" and designate NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe.