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Watermelon Mountain Ranch

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Address: 3251 Westphalia Blvd SE | Albuquerque, NM  87124
Contact Person: Sara Garrigan
Phone: 505-771-0140 Ext: 4 / Cell: 505-507-7081
Fax: 505-291-6418
Web Site:

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.

Orientation/Training schedule: Nearly every Saturday from 12pm-1pm at the ranch.

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: 5-10

Hours of operation when students are needed: Wed- Sunday from 10a-4pm

Minimum hour commitment required: Weekly: Open Semester: Open

WAVE Reading Health




PO Box 92973 Albuquerque, NM 87199


Contact Person:

Joann Perrine




Web Site:

Location directions: WAVE Reading Health is currently working at five different sites:
Ralph J. Bunche Academy located off of Central & San Mateo at 230 Truman St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108;
Helen Cordero Elementary School located off of Central & 98th Street at 8800 Eucariz, Albuquerque, NM 87121;
Christine Duncan Heritage Academy located off of Coors and I-40 at 1900 Atrisco Dr NW Albuquerque, NM 87120;
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

Wings for Life



Address: 2270 D Wyoming Blvd NE #130 Zip: 87112
Contact Person: Ann EdenfieldSweet
Phone: 505-291-6412 / Cell: 505-554-6698
Fax: 505-291-6418
Web Site:

Location directions: 1st & 3rd Mondays 3717 Silver Ave. – Trinity United Methodist (Nob Hill – 2 blocks E. of Carlisle, ½ block S. of Central) / 2nd & 4th Monday - 812 Edith NE – Second Presbyterian Church (Corner of Lomas and Edith)

Every Monday 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.

Agency Description/Mission: Wings for L.I.F.E. Vision Statement: Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education.

Winner: 2009 American Probation & Parole Association's prestigious national Award of Excellence in Crime Prevention

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:

Food Service
Child care – arts & crafts/reading/activities
Data collection
Office help
Dinner discussion leaders

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.

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. 2527 Virginia Suite A – Near Wyoming & Menaul.

Minimum hour commitment required: Weekly: 3 hours weekly until minimum requirements fulfilled; Semester: Flexible – as school requires.