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Watermelon Mountain Ranch

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Address: 3251 Westphalia Blvd SE | Albuquerque, NM  87124
Contact Person: Kim Jaramillo, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (505) 771-0140 Ext: 4 / Cell: (505) 620-2291
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.

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



WAVE Reading Health

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PO Box 92973 Albuquerque, NM 87199

Contact Person:

Joann Perrine


(505) 417-90801


Web Site:

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



Wings for Life



2270 D Wyoming Blvd NE #130 Zip: 87112

Contact Person:

Ann Edenfield Sweet

Additional Contact Person:

Kristy Franchini


(505) 291-6412 / Cell: (505) 554-6698


Web Site:



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.

Winner: 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 at WFL:

  1. Discussion leader
  2. Craft leader for after-dinner children’s program
  3. Create special program for children’s program  (Reading, crafts, something related to the theme for the evening
  4. Tutor – after-dinner program for elementary age children and youth
  5. Be a Team Member for the WFL “Special Dinners” (Plan, prepare special meal, decorations, etc.)
  6. Help with seasonal fundraisers (Yard sales, concerts, annual banquet, Make a Difference Day, NM Healthy Family Awards Banquet, etc.)
  7. Be trained as a speaker to talk about WFL
  8. Create PowerPoint about WFL
  9. Create video about WFL
  10. Create photo collages for website
  11. Put photos on website
  12. Help in kitchen at WFL
  13. Create walking/exercise program before WFL
  14. Help with Wings community parties
  15. Help with Wings prison parties/family days
  16. Website design
  17. Database entry
  18. Help with newsletters
  19. Create brochures about Wings:  General program, tutoring program, toddler program, other
  20. Be a photographer at WFL
  21. Take video at WFL
  22. Share your idea how to help
  23. Blog about WFL
  24. Office help
  25. Help donor package gifts for children
  26. Create healthy menu plans for semester.  Figure out portions, quantities needed, cost, etc.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.