Service Learning Agencies
2650 Yale Drive SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Contact: Julie Brovko, Volunteer Coordinator
Location directions: South on Yale towards the airport. Left on Randolph (light before the airport) into the office building area. Go over two speed bumps, turn right and park. Parking is free.
Agency Description/Mission: The Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival's primary goal is to develop and celebrate New Mexico's vibrant Latin dance culture. We achieve this by utilizing partnerships with local dance schools, dancers, musicians, and other supportive entities within surrounding communities and beyond. We are committed to providing quality, excellence, openness, and fairness to our sponsors, participants and volunteers.
Service Learning Opportunities: Assist with planning and execution of Valentines Day dance and Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival. Website maintenance and upkeep. Sponsor contact and research. Protocol writing. Actual duties will depend on skills and availability.
Orientation/Training Schedule: On the job training — Will be project-oriented.
Special Conditions or Requirements: : Able to multitask and work independently once trained. Detail oriented.
- Number of Service Learning Students needed: 2 or 3
- Hours when Students are needed: Flexible
- Minimum hour commitment required: 15-20 per semester
615 Virginia Street SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Contact: Jessica Langer, Volunteer Manager
Location directions: I-40 East or West to Wyoming Blvd exit. South on Wyoming Blvd to Zuni (first right after Central). West on Zuni to Virginia (first left after trailer park). Animal Humane is almost at the end of the street. Look for the big, blue building.
Agency Description/Mission: Animal Humane is committed to being the leader in next-generation animal shelters. We have proactively developed a full-range of programs and services dedicated to helping people connect with a lifelong companion and working with them to keep that relationship balanced and happy.
On every level of interaction we strive to create positive, hopeful experiences that can change lives. Our pet residents will always be provided a healthy, safe, loving environment. Our customers can expect to be treated with compassion and respect, and our supporters can trust in our integrity, dedication, competence and transparent accountability.
Our mission is to support and improve the lives of New Mexico's cats and dogs through sheltering, adoptions, humane education and veterinary services.
Service Learning opportunities:
- Neighborhood Outreach: Help us spread the word about upcoming events; assist at community outreach events and fundraisers. Service opportunities at Animal Humane events requires basic orientation and online sign up when the event is posted.
- Retail: Cashier, Merchandising, Repairing donated items, Customer Service. Service opportunities at our Thrift Shop will take place at 4646 Menaul Blvd NE. A temporary service schedule is required; we will provide basic training.
Volunteer Orientation: Usually held the third Saturday of every month.
Special Conditions or Requirements: Neat, business casual dress.
- Number of Students Needed: 20
- Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hours may vary depending on event(s).
- Minimum Hour Commitment: 15
11300 Lomas Blvd. NE
(505) 332-6800 fax
Contact: Faylene Wytewa-Alire
Location directions: Our administrative office is located between Eubank and Juan Tabo, corner of Lomas and Tomasita. Satellite sites which the student may go to include 1515 4th Street MW. Corrales, community centers, and homes in which individuals in ARCA's care reside.
Agency description/mission: Working together to open doors for people with developmental disabilities to be valued members of the community.
Service Learning opportunities:
- ACES-ARCA Career Enhancement Services: Assist individuals with developmental disabilities to become engaged in the community through volunteering, art and cooking classes and other interests they may have.
- ACES Literacy Project: Help adult students with developmental disabilities engage in customized online learning in a variety of subjects in a computer lab with support from trained tutors.
- ACES Little Theater Group: Help adults with developmental disabilities write, practice and stage plays in community venues.
- ARCA Wellness Institute: Co-teach with an instructor to help adults with developmental disabilities learn how the body works, how to make healthy choices, and how to promote fitness in a safe and encouraging environment.
Orientation/Training schedule: Held the first day of the Service Learning start date with ARCA's Event Coordinator and Site Manager.
Special conditions or requirements: Background check will be completed prior to start date. This is done by an independent agency through ARCA and is paid by us.
Travel will be reimbursed if the student uses their personal vehicle to travel from one ARCA site to another during their Service Learning hours. Current proof of vehicle insurance will need to be on file with ARCA.
- Number of Service Learning Students Needed: 15 (but we do love to have more!)
- Hours of operation when students are needed: We want you! Primarily Monday–Friday, some evening and weekend activities. Hours are flexible according to the needs of the individuals in ARCA's care and your learning program.
- Minimum hour commitment required: 2–4 hours per week, minimum of 15 per semester.
2500 Louisiana Blvd. NE, #200
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 837-9223 ext. 13
(505) 837-0528 fax
Contact: Sharon Tenorio, Chief Marketing & Outreach Officer
Location directions: One block south of Menaul on Louisiana in the peach colored Bank of Albuquerque Delta Dental Building. On the 2nd floor.
Agency description/mission: The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to build a stronger community through the creation and support of positive one-to-one relationships between children and adult volunteers. We have a very strong leadership team which has grown the agency over the past several years. There are wonderful opportunities to learn about the operations and management of a successful, youth mentoring non-profit organization. The incredible staff is looking forward to engaging CNM Service Learners on-site to learn about this fast-paced and rewarding work environment.
Service Learning opportunities: There are 4 major work areas for Service Learners:
Marketing/PR – learn practical skills in implementing a local and state-wide advertising and marketing campaign. Graphic design, web-design, PR writing, and general marketing skills are welcome;
Volunteer Retention – Will assist with the organization of parties and activities that volunteers, families, and children are invited to in both our Community-Based and Site-Based programs and participate on the match retention/satisfaction committee;
Volunteer Recruitment – join a team of CNM service learners seeking to learn recruitment skills to provide volunteers for over 250 children on our waiting list. An ideal team would be to have a group of service learners recruiting at each of the CNM campuses.
Event Management - Work with our Special Events Coordinator on fundraising events.
Orientation/Training schedule: We provide comprehensive orientation and training for the specific work function. We utilize a variety of training resources, including on-line modules, manuals, personal, and hands-on opportunities, as needed to accommodate your service learning needs. Additional training in other departments is available to supplement your overall experience in a non-profit agency.
- Special conditions or requirements: We perform a background check (criminal, sexual offender, MVD) and ask for 3 references.
- Hours of operation when students are needed: Total = 4+. One for each major work area and as many as possible for Volunteer Recruitment.
- Minimum hour commitment required: 20 hours.
3333 Truman St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 837-2909 fax
Contact: Joann Perrine
Location directions: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico currently has three locations. Our Heights Branch is located one block West of San Mateo between Comanche and Candelaria at 3333 Truman St NE. Our Rio Rancho Branch is located at 4600 Sundt Rd off of 528 between Ridgecrest and Rockaway.
Agency description/mission: The mission of the Boys & Girls of Central New Mexico is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens. We offer programs that help our members reach three priority outcomes: Good Character & Citizenship, Academic Success and Healthy Lifestyles. Club members learn leadership skills, explore career opportunities, and become healthy individuals who are ready to tackle tomorrow’s challenges.
Service Learning opportunities: We have service learning opportunities for students to interact directly with our members doing specialized programming such as the arts, sports, technology or education. Students can function as mentors and provide homework assistance during our “Power Hour” in our after-school program with subjects such as math and reading. We also have Service Learning opportunities with our Administrative staff helping with special events or marketing and communications.
Orientation/Training schedule: Students wanting to become Reading mentor coaches would be required to attend an initial training seminar. Training for other service learning opportunities would be based on the area of interest and conducted on a one-on-one or small group basis.
Special conditions or requirements: Those service learning students wishing to work directly with our youth members will be required to complete a background check performed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico.
- Number of Service Learning Students Needed: No limit.
- Hours of operation when students are needed: Those working with members: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. M-F. Those assisting with administration, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F.
- Minimum hour commitment required: n/a
3001 Trellis NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Contact: Kelly Geib-Eckenroth
Location directions:We are located in the North Valley. Travel West on Candelaria. Trellis is the last cross street before you reach the Rio Grande Nature Center.
Agency Description/Mission: Children's Grief Center of New Mexico is a safe place for children, teens, and adults to share feelings and experiences while grieving a death – through facilitated peer support groups.
Service Learning opportunities:There are many opportunities for service learning at the Children's Grief Center of New Mexico: (1) Provide support to children, teens, young adults, or their caregivers who are grieving the death of someone they love; (2) Greet bereaved families and help them feel welcome, help to serve dinner and help to clean up after families go to their support group or help to care for infants and toddlers who are too young for support group; (3) Provide administrative support in our office and work on special projects that would help us better serve grieving children and their families; or (4) Work with CGC staff to create and complete a personalized project that is interesting, educational, and beneficial for everyone involved.
Orientation/Training schedule: Individual orientations for CNM Service Learning Students will take place at our office at a time that is convenient for you. Our next Bereavement Facilitator Training is scheduled for August 9 and 16, 2014, and January 10 and 17, 2015. This training is mandatory for anyone wanting to facilitate support groups with CGC.
Special conditions or requirements:A background check is necessary for anyone who will be working directly with children.
- Number of Service-Learning Students Needed:3 or 4
- Hours of operation when students are needed:Hours are very flexible
- Minimum hour commitment required:15 hours per semester
1701 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 224-8397 fax
Contact: Drora Schub
Location Directions: East of Rio Grande on Mountain Road. Explora is across from Tiguex Park and near Old Town.
Agency Description/ Mission: Explora is a non-profit science center dedicated to creating opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology and art.
Service Learning opportunities: Opportunities are extensive and varied. They include the following subject areas: child development, elementary education, communication, psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, health sciences, trades and more.
Orientation/Training schedule: A student would need to attend our orientation if they are interested in doing their service learning with Explora:
Special conditions or requirements: Present course syllabus to agency supervisor
- Number of Service-Learning Students Needed: Up to 8 Service Learners (Group placements not available at this time)
- Hours of operation when students are needed: Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Sunday 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
- Minimum hour commitment required: 30 hours per term
4000 Jefferson Plaza NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 923-2525 direct
(505) 343-1050 fax
Contact: Nora Doss, Volunteer Specialist
Location directions: North of I-25 – Jefferson, west side of Jefferson between Singer and Osuna. Holman's is on the corner of Jefferson and Jefferson Plaza.
Agency description/mission: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character that make the world a better place. Service Learning with Girl Scouts is a rewarding and uplifting experience. No matter what your talents, skills, or objectives – you can have an impact on a girl's life, and your community.
Service Learning opportunities: We are willing to work with Service Learning students to find an opportunity that fits your lifestyle, interests, skills, course objectives, and schedule.
Many service learning students work within our council office, help with both large and small scale events, assist in planning, preparing, or providing programs to the girls.
Please mention if you are interested in working in the Santa Fe community.
Orientation/Training schedule: Orientation is provided on a one-on-one basis. Please call and arrange an appointment. Last minute appointments are discouraged and not guaranteed.
Special conditions or requirements: We will require Service Learning students to complete a Volunteer Application (back ground check) before working directly with girls
- Number of Service Learning Students Needed: No limit
- Hours of operation when students are needed: Flexible. Vary by event/opportunity
- Minimum hour requirement: 20 (15 regular hours plus necessary training).
5201 Roma Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Location directions: From CNM main campus: Take Coal (one-way), continue on Zuni, turn left onto San Mateo, go 4 blocks past Central, turn left on Roma (before Lomas) and park. Walk across.
From I-40, exit south on San Mateo, just after Lomas, turn Right on Roma. Park in the corner lot on the left. We are the 6-story building.
Agency description/mission: We offer a continuum of care to seniors and patients in rehab. Our motto is "In Christ's Love, Everyone is Someone." We are open to people of all faiths. Our residents range in age, most are in their mid-eighties.
Service Learning opportunities: There are 3 departments participating in Service Learning: A) Apartment's Dietary involves interacting with and helping seniors during meals. Contact Susan Martinez; B) Resident Services means interacting with seniors while working on filing projects in an open office setting. Contact Aaron Kopitz; C) Health Care Center Activities includes supervised visiting and helping with group activities. No personal care. Contact Karrie Waid. How would you like to participate? What's your major?
Orientation/Training schedule: Schedule your orientation and service hours with the appropriate contact person in the department of your choice. Orientation includes a 30 minute HIPPA video, tour and introductions.
Special conditions or requirements: Respect and caring for people of all ages. Bright-minded attention to detail. Sense of humor, a plus. This is a face-to-face society. Plan to smile and make friends. We provide a nametag. You sign in and out at the reception desk and in your department every visit. Please no cell phones or blue jeans. Dress as if you are visiting your grandparents ☺
- Number of Service-Learning Students Needed: Up to 21 in Apartment's Dietary Dept.; 2 in Apartment Resident Services; 5 in Health Care Activities.
- Hours of operation when students are needed: 3 meal times between 7:30am-6:30pm in Apartment's Dietary; 9-4 in Resident Services; variable over 7 days in Health Care Activities.
- Minimum hour commitment required: Weekly 2 hours; Semester 15 hours
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 246-2261 ext. 14
(505) 724-4724 direct
(505) 246-2261 fax
Contact: Doug Simon, Volunteer Coordinator
Location directions: Southwest corner of Avenida Cesar Chavez (Bridge Blvd.) and 4th Street SW
- From east: 4th Street is four lights west of I-25
- From west: the second light east of the Rio Grande bridge
Parking is in lot out front or along 4th Street. HLA building is a pueblo-style building, Visual Arts is a larger pre-Columbian-inspired building with steps, the Roy E. Disney Center for the Performing Arts is just west of Museum.
Volunteer Program Office is on the 8th Street side of the NHCC, in the two-story Education Building.
Agency description/mission: Mission: To create greater cross-cultural appreciation of Hispanic culture by preserving and showcasing historic and contemporary Hispanic arts, humanities and achievements from the past 400 years. Participating Departments: 1) Visual Arts (VA): Art Museum, La Tiendita Museum Shop 2) International: Spanish Resource Center library 3) Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts (REDCPA): theaters and box office 4) National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.
Service Learning opportunities:
- Administrative, PR/Marketing: Data-entry and making phone calls, good communication skills required, some bi-lingual ability helpful
- La Tiendita, Museum Shop: Retail assistant, communicate with the public
- NHCC Foundation: Clerical, data management, and event planning assistant
- Spanish Resource Center library: cataloguing books and other material, reference desk. Great opportunity to practice advanced Spanish skills!
- REDCPA Box Office and theatres: Ticketing, sales, data management, event planning experience in a professional setting
Orientation/Training schedule: There will be a general orientation and NHCC tour for all students. Further training will be up to the department in which the student is placed.
Special conditions or requirements: Spanish fluency required only for Spanish Resource Center. Dependability is a requirement for all positions. No call/no show for assigned day and time will result in student being dropped from the program.
- Hours of operation when students are needed: Monday thru Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for most positions. La Tiendita is open Tuesday-Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. REDCPA Box office has flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
- Minimum hour commitment: 15 hours per semester
5840 Office Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
You must register online to volunteer by clicking on the “Individual Volunteers” link and creating a username and password to manage available volunteer days/times. If you are a returning volunteer, you can login using your credentials.
You will receive an email when you successfully create a volunteer visit or modify a visit. If you do not receive an email, your appointment or change has not taken effect. If you have trouble using the registration system, please notify them at (505) 349-8825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location directions: Near Jefferson and I-25
Agency Description/Mission: Roadrunner Food Bank solicits, collects and transports salvageable food from large and small food industry donors nationwide as well as making many purchases in bulk. We then distribute millions of pounds of food each year through a statewide network of emergency food pantries, group homes, low-income day care centers, shelters, soup kitchens and six smaller regional food banks. Our mission: "Ending Hunger in New Mexico"
Service Learning opportunities: Service Learning opportunities fall within these general categories:
- Receiving and Sorting Incoming Product and distribution to correct location (back stock)
- Rotating and Arranging Product - dry, produce, dairy and frozen (line stock)
- Familiarizing self with Computer Based Inventory Program - pulling orders, weighing and verifying orders, counting product, updating ULO & NIS list, receiving community donations (inventory management)
- Interacting with Customers - local agencies and subsidiary distribution organizations (agency relation) and Donors (donor relations)
- Recruiting, Scheduling and Training Volunteers - to include special populations
- Coordinating with Warehouse Manager (and other staff) to identify volunteer tasks
- Recruiting groups to participate in Hunger 101 and adapting curriculum as needed (program development)
- Networking with other non-profit agencies involved in hunger relief
- Participating in the planning, organization an "delivering" of special events (fund raising)
- Special duties as assigned
Note: Not all students will have the opportunity to participate in the listed activities
Orientation/Training schedule: See above.
Special conditions or requirements: Student needs to be aware of their physical limitations as many positions require turning and lifting.
- Hours of operation when students are needed: Primarily from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Limited evenings and weekends available for part of placement.
- Minimum hour commitment: 15 hours
4020 Barbara Loop SE
Rio Rancho NM, 87124
(505) 891-8075 fax
Contact: Manuel Casias
Location directions:From I-25, take Alameda Blvd/Highway 528 west into Rio Rancho, you will turn east on the third light after Intel on Barbara Loop. You will see St. Felix Pantry on the Right.
From I-40, take Coors Blvd north to Coors By-Pass. Follow Coors By-Pass, until merges in to Alameda Blvd/Highway 528. You turn on the third light after Intel and go east on Barbara Loop you will see St. Felix Pantry on the right.
Agency description/mission: We Restore Hope to Families and Individuals in Need by Providing Food, Clothing and Referral Services. St. Felix Pantry feeds over 53,000 households in the state of New Mexico. We see this need continuing to increase every day. The clients are allowed to come once a week and are provided with a box of food and clothes for their family. We are in need of people with a wide variety of talents.
Service Learning opportunities:
- Register client
- Data entry (MS Office)
- Graphic Design
- Spanish to English translation work
- Website Design
- Communication work
- Pack food boxes
- Receive deliveries and restock pantry
- Fund Raising
- Food Raising
- Automotive Mechanics
- Electrical, Construction and Plumbing
- Special Event Planning
- Octobeer 6th International Festival
- Possible Service Learning to Internships
Orientation/Training schedule: On the job training for some positions. Other jobs require previous experience or education.
Special Conditions or Requirements: Some opportunities require heavy lifting and standing for extended periods of time.
- Number of Service Learning Students Needed: 1 to 20 students
- Hours of Operation when Students are needed: Tuesday-Saturday, 6-3
- Minimum Hour Commitment Required: Weekly: 15 hours per semester but some opportunities require more time.
1201 Third Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
P.O. Box 27258
Albuquerque, NM 87125
(505) 843-8624 fax
Contact: Linda Fuller
Location directions:We are located just 3 driveways north of Mountain on Third Street. Third Street is a “one-way” street running south. From Lomas Boulevard, get on Second Street heading North. Go through the traffic signal at Second Street and Mountain. Once you have crossed over Mountain, turn left onto Summer and go to stop sign. At stop sign, turn left onto Third Street. Get in your right hand lane (west lane) and turn into the 3rd driveway on your left at 1201 Third Street, NW.
Agency description/mission: St. Martin’s is New Mexico’s premier multi-service program provider to the homeless and disenfranchised with a vision of “ending homelessness one person at a time.”
Service Learning opportunities:
- Technology - Web development/updating St. Martin’s website with more current information.
- On-line donation connected to database to track donor information for reporting and donor recognition. The on-line donation will be linked to the updated web presence (outlined above).
- Hospitality Industry – if you are interested in the hospitality industry, do we have a challenge for you! These clients will enable you to use your diplomacy skills, your people skills and your negotiation skills. Come provide hospitality work in St. Martin’s Day Shelter.
- Client Advocacy – learn how to connect the homeless with the services they need through a client advocacy learning opportunity at St. Martin’s.
Orientation/Training schedule: St. Martin’s will attempt to accommodate students’ schedules to conduct orientation/training. Orientation will be conducted every other week beginning on October 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. If other arrangements are required, please contact Linda via telephone or email.
Special Conditions or Requirements: No one under 18 years of age. High school diploma or equivalent experience working with homeless or severely disadvantaged people, substance abusers or chronically mentally ill individuals. Experience with volunteers preferred. Experience working with racially and culturally diverse groups. Current CPR and First-Aid qualifications or willingness to be trained. Knowledge of community resources. Bilingual preferred. Comfortable blue Jeans and tee shirts are acceptable attire. Physical requirements of Shelter Assistant are the ability to stand/walk for long periods of time and ability to lift 25 pounds or drag 40 pounds across floor.
- Number of Service Learning Students Needed: 8 to 10
- Hours of Operation when Students are needed: Technology needs may be addressed anytime between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm; or on weekends. The Hospitality hours are from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and Client Advocacy hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Students may select a time that suits their learning schedules as long as the coordinators are notified in advance. A sign-in sheet will be provided for all students receive service learning opportunities at St. Martin’s.
- Minimum Hour Commitment Required: Weekly: 15 hours/Semester; 2 hours/Week.
1515 University NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
PO Box 25066
Albuquerque, NM 87125
(505) 246-1498 office
(505) 218-2068 cell
(505) 243-6820 fax
Contact: Damian Lopez-Gaston
Location directions: Our satellite center, where the Donor Recruitment Department is located is 5041 Indian School Rd., Suite 200. From CNM Main Campus, travel North on University, turn East on Indian School Rd. for 2 miles. We are on the North side of the street just before the San Mateo intersection.
Agency description/mission: 60% of us will need blood at some point in our life due to accident or illness. Less than 6% of eligible donors actually donate blood. To provide a safe and adequate supply of blood to patients, in New Mexico and the Four Corners Area, United Blood Services must collect 320 units of blood and blood products every single day 365 days a year. Volunteer coordinators are needed to plan, organize and implement campus blood drives. This program is hands-on, and students will gain many skills including: public speaking., working with the media, prioritizing, developing promotional materials, and educating the community about the local blood program.
Service Learning Opportunity: The main goal of this project is to host a successful blood drive at your CNM Campus. Students will also be introduced to the world of blood transfusion. This will include an in depth tour of our facilities, and potentially the ability to see an actual transfusion. This is an outstanding privilege that UNM Hospital will usually grant us.
Orientation/Training schedule: Prior to Welcome Back Days. Students will meet in teams at least once per week, minimum time is 4 hours per week. There will be homework assigned, examples will include short videos and recruiting donors.
Special conditions or requirements: Students must attend their blood drive (shifts are allowed if the entire duration is not possible)
- Number of Service Learning students needed: 4 to 5
- Hours of operation when students are needed: Flexible, based on student schedules
- Minimum hour commitment required: 20 hour minimum for this project
3251 Westphalia Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87124
(505) 771-0140 ext. 4
(505) 620-2291 cell
(505) 291-6418 fax
Contact: Kim Jaramillo, Volunteer Coordinator
Location directions: I-25 Northbound to the 2nd Bernalillo Exit (Highway 550), Highway 550 West bound to Paseo Del Volcan (Highway 347)-Left onto Paseo Del Volcan, Paseo Del Volcan South to Iris/Westphalia- Take a right onto Iris/Westphalia. On the right hand side will see a 3x3 sign with the letters WMR and red arrow pointing down a dirt road. 3.5 miles down on the right side visitor will see the ranch.
Agency Description/Mission: Watermelon Mountain Ranch, a nonprofit corporation, is dedicated to the belief that all living creatures-human and animal- should be cared for and protected whenever possible. The recovery, care, and housing of companion animals (lost, strayed, unwanted, or abandoned) until they can be reunited with their owners or adopted out to new homes is a major focus for Watermelon Mountain Ranch. We also understand and appreciate the significance and positive impact that animals can have interacting with people. To foster this human-animal bond, Watermelon Mountain Ranch will provide facilities and support for efforts that encourage the positive interaction of children, youth, adults, and seniors (including persons with disabilities) with animals through outreach, educational, interactive, and therapeutic programs utilizing paid and volunteer staffing with support from private & corporate donors.
Service Learning opportunities:
- Animal Care-Dog Walking and Washing, cat care (brushing etc..) Showing the animals on property love and affection at all times.
- Offsite Adoption Events-Assisting with set up and break down at the events; handling of dogs during events (walking, watering) ; talking with the public about what the ranch does and our mission.
- Maintenance of Ranch- Building projects throughout the property, including shades for dog runs, wind breaks, moving small cottages, creating fenced areas. Regular upkeep on already existing areas.
Volunteer Orientation: Held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
Special conditions or requirements: Closed Toed Shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty in. Must Show respect for all animals and staff members while at the ranch or during any offsite events.
- Number of Service-Learning Students Needed: 20-30
- Hours of operation when students are needed: Wed- Sunday from 10a-4pm
- Minimum hour commitment required: Weekly: Open Semester: Open
P.O. Box 92973
Albuquerque, NM 87199
Contact: Joann Perrine
Location directions: WAVE Reading Health is currently working at three different sites:
Helen Cordero Elementary School located off of Central & 98th Street at 8800 Eucariz, Albuquerque, NM 87121;
Boys & Girls Club Heights Branch located off of San Mateo & Comanche at 3333 Truman St NE 87110; and
Boys & Girls Club Rio Rancho Branch located off of Sundt & 528 at 4600 Sundt Rd NE 87124
Agency Description/Mission: The WAVE Reading Health mission is to help as many learning capable children in New Mexico achieve the third grade reading milestone with a three-fold approach of engaging parents, community organizations and schools to provide children ages 0-9 the adequate Read-Talk-Play and language immersion experiences they need to become proficient readers by third grade.
Service Learning opportunities: Students will be supervised as they work directly with a group of up to 5 children in either a kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade classroom or computer lab. Students will function as mentor-coaches to children working on a computer through a set of vocabulary, reading support and cognitive skills online exercises. Students will also assist in encouraging the child's attitude and performance character and changing their belief in themselves as they work through the tough online skill building exercises.
Orientation/Training schedule: Students are required to attend an initial 90-minute training seminar. Several trainings are offered throughout the semester. Please call Joann at (505) 417-9080 for more information.
Special conditions or requirements: Students must successfully complete a background check from APS or the Boys & Girls Clubs.
- Number of Service-Learning Students Needed: Unlimited
- Hours of operation when students are needed: 8:00-11:00 a.m. or 3:00-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
- Minimum hour commitment required: Weekly: 2 Hours Semester: Open
2270 D Wyoming Blvd NE #130
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 554-6698 cell
Contact: Ann Edenfield Sweet
The first four Mondays each month a program is held for families of prisoners and returning citizens. Dinner is served; manners, life-skills, and topics of interests are taught & discussed. The program is for the whole family and everyone is welcome.
CNM students AND their family members, including children, are welcome to participate together at Wings For L.I.F.E. while getting service learning credit.
Meeting Locations: 1st & 3rd Mondays 2626 Arizona NE – St. John's United Methodist (N. of Coronado Mall, 1 block N. of Menaul and 1 block E. of San Pedro – Wings meets in the Family Life Center on the E. side of the church)
2nd & 4th Monday - 812 Edith NE – Second Presbyterian Church (Corner of Lomas and Edith – park in N lot off Page Rd. 1 block N. of Lomas off Edith)
Agency Description/Mission: Wings for L.I.F.E.
Vision Statement: Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education.
Wings for L.I.F.E. Mission Statement: Building relationships with families, probationers, and former prisoners through discussion, mentoring, empowerment and support by:
- Teaching life-skills and addressing unique needs of family members.
- Strengthening families by building Search Institute's® 40 Developmental Assets.®
- Mobilizing and networking community stakeholders to identify and reach families in need. Stakeholders include congregations, corrections, school systems, the justice system, and community programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA.
Service Learning opportunities at WFL:
- Discussion leader
- Craft leader for after-dinner children’s program
- Create special program for children’s program (Reading, crafts, something related to the theme for the evening
- Tutor – after-dinner program for elementary age children and youth
- Be a Team Member for the WFL “Special Dinners” (Plan, prepare special meal, decorations, etc.)
- Help with seasonal fundraisers (Yard sales, concerts, annual banquet, Make a Difference Day, NM Healthy Family Awards Banquet, etc.)
- Be trained as a speaker to talk about WFL
- Create PowerPoint about WFL
- Create video about WFL
- Create photo collages for website
- Put photos on website
- Help in kitchen at WFL
- Create walking/exercise program before WFL
- Help with Wings community parties
- Help with Wings prison parties/family days
- Website design
- Database entry
- Help with newsletters
- Create brochures about Wings: General program, tutoring program, toddler program, other
- Be a photographer at WFL
- Take video at WFL
- Share your idea how to help
- Blog about WFL
- Office help
- Help donor package gifts for children
- Create healthy menu plans for semester. Figure out portions, quantities needed, cost, etc.
- Create health related materials or programs – First Aid tips – seasonal issues like bug bites, frost-bite – recipes for healthy snacks – provide healthy snacks – get donations for shampoo, toothpaste, hand-sanitizer, etc.
- Activities for children using Fractals
Orientation/Training schedule: As needed. Very flexible. Can train first day of the Service Learning start date as hands on.
Special conditions or requirements: Dress appropriately – business casual.
- Number of Service-Learning Students Needed: As many as are interested. Class "teams" are welcome.
- Hours of operation when students are needed: Mon. 5:00 – 8:00 or depending on Service Learning project – flexible. Can work at home. Can work at Wings Office. 2015 Wyoming NE Suite J – Near Wyoming & Menaul. Hours usually 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Minimum hour commitment required:No minimum hour commitment. If attending Monday meetings students can help up to 3 hours each evening weekly until requirements fulfilled. Wings is very flexible and will work will all students on finding ways to work service learning into their school and family life schedule.