Agency Descriptions

Service Learning Agencies

Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival
Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival

215 Gold Ave. SW
Suite 202
Albuquerque, NM 87102

(714) 270-1350


Contact: , Volunteer Coordinator

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

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American Red Cross

7445 Pan American West Freeway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505) 262-6172


Contact: , Volunteer Services Specialist

Location directions:

Step 1: If you are coming from downtown Albuquerque traveling I-25 North you are going to want to get off at the San Antonio exit (Exit Number 231).

Step 2: Make a right at the first light.

Step 3: Go under the I-25 bridge and cross one more light (Mazda University will be on your left). At the next light you will be at the corner of Ellison St and Jefferson Rd. Make a right turn here on Jefferson Rd heading North.

Step 4: As you travel down Jefferson Rd you are going to want to make a right turn at the next light, at the corner of Jefferson Rd and Masthead St. This is easy to overshoot so be attentive to avoid missing it.

Step 5: Travel the entire length of Masthead St until you reach the end. It is here you will be Pan American West Fwy. You will be forced to make a right turn.

Step 6: As soon as you make a right turn, you will quickly see our sign on the right hand side. You are going to make a near immediate right turn into that parking area.

Step 7: You are here!! Park your car, walk on in and come to the second floor. Our receptionist will be there to greet you.

Agency Description/Mission: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The vision of the American Red Cross in New Mexico is to partner with our community to develop and foster safer families, neighborhoods and worksites. Serving as a leading public benefit corporation, we will promote a system of community self-sufficiency and compassionate response when emergencies arise.

Service Learning Opportunities: We currently have two service opportunities that might fit your needs.

  1. Smoke Alarm Install Volunteers - We are looking for people that can help us in the planning or implementation of installing smoke alarms in the greater Albuquerque area. This is a perfect volunteer match for you if your schedule is not routine since most of our events are on Saturday’s. Half of your time will be spent installing smoke alarms in the community with other volunteers while the other half is spent within our office doing documentation of the installs. This is a great opportunity for you if you are entering a labor intensive position, engineering, social work or the public service field.
  2. Office Volunteers - This is a great volunteer opportunity for someone that has 2-3 hours open during our normal business hours and is interested in developing their skill sets within an office environment. The exact work performed can vary depending on your schedule and the time of the year.

Volunteer Orientation: Our operation is flexible but the training and orientation should last from about 1 hour to 4 hours depending on what you are interested in.

Special Conditions or Requirements: None at this moment in time.

  • Number of Students Needed: Up to 5 people
  • Hours of Operation: Anytime between 9am-4pm Monday thru Friday
  • Minimum Hour Commitment Required: Weekly: 3; Semester: 15

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Animal Humane
Animal Humane New Mexico

615 Virginia Street SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

(505) 938-7884


Contact: , 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 on-site orientation and online sign up when the event is posted.

Volunteer Orientation: Provided on-site, the day of the event.

Special Conditions or Requirements: Neat, casual dress.

  • Number of Students Needed: 20
  • Hours of Operation: Hours vary depending on event(s).
  • Minimum Hour Commitment: 15

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11300 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM

(505) 332-6816
(505) 332-6800 fax



Location directions: Our administrative office is located between Eubank and Juan Tabo, corner of Lomas and Hotel Circle. Satellite sites which the student may go to include 1503 4th Street MW, 11300 Lomas Blvd. NE and local community centers.

Agency description/mission: Working together to open doors for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to be valued members of the community.

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: Prior to the start of Service Learning an ARCA Volunteer Application needs to be filled out and then a background check will be conducted. This usually takes 3-4 business days to complete. In order to do Service Learning at ACES the student has to take a 7 hour Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation class. THE ANE class is state mandated for all volunteers and staff who interact with individuals in ARCA’s care. A certificate of completion will be given to the student for their records. If the student does not wish to take the class, there is an opportunity to complete your SL hours at the New Mexico Brain Injury Institute Resource Center (NMBIRC).

Service Learning opportunities:

  • ACES-ARCA Career Enhancement Services: Assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become engaged in the community through volunteering, art and cooking classes and other interests they may have. This will also include the ACES Literacy Project which helps adult students with IDD to engage in customized online learning in a variety of subjects in a computer lab with support from trained tutors. Another program the student might assist with is ARCA’s Traveling Theater Troupe. The actors in this group write scripts, practice performing of the play and stage plays in community venues with help from staff and volunteers. Student will need to complete the 7 hour ANE class prior to completing your SL hours. These hours are separate from the 15 SL hours needed to complete your Service Learning at ARCA.
  • New Mexico Brain Institute Resource Center (NMBIRC) located at 1503 4th Street NW. NMBIRC is an information resource and is not a substitute for medical or rehabilitative services. Persons with brain injury, their family, friends and professionals can use this FREE service to ask questions, find brain injury support resources, navigate complicated systems and assist with educating family, employers and professionals about living with a brain injury. Student does not need to complete the 7 hour ANE class to complete their Service Learning at ARCA.

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. We are very flexible with your hours as long as you get the requirements (application, background check and ANE class) done in a timely fashion. 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.

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Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central NM, Inc. (BBBS)

2500 Louisiana Blvd. NE, #200
Albuquerque, NM 87110

(505) 837-9223 ext. 13
(505) 837-0528 fax


Contact: , 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.

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Service Learning opportunities: There are 4 major work areas for Service Learners:

  1. 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.

  2. Event Management - Work with our mentor 2.0 team and Special Events Coordinator on fundraising events.

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Orientation/Training schedule: We provide comprehensive orientation and training for the specific work function. We use 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.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico

3333 Truman St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

(505) 881-0777


Contact: , Director of Program Services

Location directions: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico currently has five 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. This process usually takes 2-5 days; once results are received the enrollment process will be completed.

  • 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

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1701 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

(505) 224-8362
(505) 224-8397 fax



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 only attend one of our three hour orientation sessions if they are interested in doing their service learning with Explora: Friday, January 25, 2019 and Saturday, January 26, 2019.

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

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Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Inc.

4000 Jefferson Plaza NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505) 343-1040
(505) 923-2503


, Director of Membership Services
, Program Manager 

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).

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Good Samaritan Manz del Sol
Good Samaritan Society Programs

5201 Roma Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

(505) 256-6218 in Dietary
(505) 256-6254 in Resident Services
(505) 256-6259 Jody

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.

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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 Mark Salcido; C) Health Care Center Activities includes supervised visiting and helping with group activities. No personal care. Contact Jody Vanesky. 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

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1201 Third Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 27258
Albuquerque, NM 87125

(505) 242-4399


Contact:  Emma Lewis

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: HopeWorks 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:

  • Kitchen - Assist the Shelter staff in feeding three meals for approximately 700 clients a day.
  • Clothing Room - Manage and help clients select some new clothing, shoes, and accessories from our Clothing Room. All materials in the clothing room are donated and completely free of charge to all clients.
  • Shower Station - Help with shower sign up, distribution of towels, toiletries and more to those that need to shower.
  • Long Term Storage - This is for clients who need to store social security cards, family photos, medication and more— anything they don’t want on the streets with them. They have to confirm monthly that they would like to keep their long term storage space.
  • Mail Room - Clients can list HopeWorks Day Shelter as their address so they can receive mail. Volunteers typically sort, distribute, organize and purge mail.
  • Evening Meal Service - Help prepare meals with the guest chef’s that are in charge for the meal service.  Assist in the serving of the meal, refill of drinks, all clean-up at the conclusion of the meal.
  • General Help - If you don’t fit into a category above but still want to help, no problem!  We always have something for everyone to do. We are happy you are willing to help!

Orientation/Training schedule: HopeWorks will attempt to accommodate students’ schedules to conduct orientation/training.

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: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm.  Weekend hours are limited but available. 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 HopeWorks.
  • Minimum Hour Commitment Required: Weekly: 15 hours/Semester; 2 hours/Week.

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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Contact: , Cultural Education Specialist

Location directions: Take Central Avenue to 12th Street. Turn right/north and remain on 12th Street for 1.5 miles. Turn left into parking lot. Parking is free.

Agency Description/Mission: To Preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the pueblo people of New Mexico.

Service Learning Opportunities: If you wish to gain experience in museum practices, pueblo culture, and would like to share your experiences and knowledge with our visitors, then this is a great place for you to acquire knowledge skills and values.

Orientation/Training Schedule: 2 hour Orientation, with all service learning Interns. Customer Service.

Special Conditions or Requirements: Able to greet visitors, be able to stand on their feet for long periods of time. Able to lift 25 lbs.

  • Number of Service Learning Students needed: 5
  • Hours when Students are needed: 10-1
  • Minimum hour commitment required: 3: Fall semester

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National Hispanic Cultural Center
National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 383-4783


Contact: , Volunteer Coordinator 

Volunteer Program Office is on the 8th Street side of the NHCC, in the two-story Education Building on the west side of campus..

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.

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.

Service Learning opportunities:

  1. Administrative, PR/Marketing: Data-entry and making phone calls, good communication skills required, some bi-lingual ability helpful
  2. History library-great library experience
  3. NHCC Foundation: Clerical, data management, and event planning assistant
  4. Spanish Resource Center library: cataloguing books and other material, reference desk. Great opportunity to practice advanced Spanish skills!
  5. REDCPA Box Office and theatres: Ticketing, sales, data management, event planning experience in a professional setting
  6. Education Program and free family activities. Can bring children.

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. Ed programs or evenings and weekends.
  • Minimum hour commitment: 15 hours per semester

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Reading Works

8005 Pennsylvania Cir NE, Suite C
Albuquerque, NM 87100

(505) 321-9620


Contact: , Programming & Outreach Coordinator


Location Directions: From CNM main campus via Lomas Ave, head east towards mountains.  At Pennsylvania St., turn left heading north.  Pennsylvania Circle is 2nd block on the right. I-40 head to Wyoming Blvd.  Exit and take a right onto Lomas Blvd.  Drive west to Pennsylvania St.  Turn right, heading north.  Pennsylvania Circle is 2nd block on the right. ABQ Ride Route 11 Lomas.

Agency Description/Mission:  Reading Works is a 501(c)(3) community-based, adult literacy organization that offers free tutoring to Bernalillo County residents who want to learn to read & write, speak English, improve math and computer skills.  Our Mission: to empower adults with the literacy and language skills they need to participate fully and effectively in work, civic life, and community.

Vision Statement: Self-sufficiency through Literacy. 

Service Learning Opportunities:

  • Business Writing – Conduct a workshop for our tutors on how to teach resume writing and basic business writing.
  • Citizenship Mock Interview – Role-play an interview with an ESL (English as a Second Language) student asking questions from the citizenship test.
  • Conversation Partner – Practice speaking with an ESL student to improve fluency and pronunciation.
  • Interim Tutor/Tutor – Teach an adult to read in 12 weeks or assist in cultivating general knowledge in relation to subjects covered on a high school equivalency exam.
  • Fundraising – Assist our board in creating & facilitating seasonal fundraisers to raise funds and awareness surrounding adult literacy.
  • New Words – Create an online version of our student newspaper. Design a layout and help to develop monthly writing themes.
  • Pleasure Reading – Help a basic literacy student improve his/her proficiency and comprehension through Guided Reading.
  • Student Intakes – Work alongside our Program Coordinator dialoguing with new students to learn why they chose to receive services at Reading Works.
  • Speaker’s Bureau – Use public speaking skills to market and inform the community about Reading Works’ mission.
  • Volunteer Aide – Be the first line of communication for RW’s volunteers. Process applications, set up interviews, log data, coordinate workshops & trainings.

Orientation/Training schedule: Orientation is provided on a one-on-one basis, however all participants will have to attend a 2-hour tutor training. 

Special Conditions or requirements: Must be 18 years or older. Bilingualism is a bonus.  Anyone interested in doing Student Intakes must be available on Wednesdays at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm for 2-hour interval.  If you have a passion for our mission, but do not see a Service Learning opportunity appropriate for fulfilling a course requirement, please contact us and we can work on developing a project to suit your needs.

  • Number of Service-Learning Students Needed: 5/semester
  • Hours of Operation when students needed: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, plus one Saturday per semester.
  • Minimum hour commitment required: 15 hours per semester, but some opportunities require more time.

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Rio Grande Food Project

600 Coors Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87121



Location directions: Rio Grande Food Project is located one block south of the intersection of Fortuna and Coors, inside Rio Grande Presbyterian church.

Agency Description/Mission: Rio Grande Food Project is the largest food pantry on Albuquerque's west side. Our mission is to feed hungry New Mexicans. We accomplish this by providing a monthly grocery food box as a supplement to when food stamps run out. We began in 1989 as a dedicated mission outreach of Rio Grande Presbyterian Church; that small group of volunteers served over 1,600 meals that year. We have grown quite a bit since then. We are now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and at the end of 2014, we served over 45,000 people with 1.3 million meals.

Service Learning opportunities: Students can take part in a variety of Service Learning opportunities such as data entry for our client intake and donor database; food distribution in our food pantry; gardening and compositing in our community garden; online communications through our website and social media.

Note: Not all students will have the opportunity to participate in the listed activities

Orientation/Training schedule: Depending on the Service Learning activity, training will vary. Students will go through a brief orientation with the Volunteer Manager and training will involve shadowing volunteers in their specific role until students can demonstrate ability.

  • Number of Service Learning students needed: 5
  • Hours of operation when students are needed: Monday–Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Minimum hour commitment: 15 hours throughout the semester

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Roadrunner Food Bank
Roadrunner Food Bank

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  at (505) 349-5358.

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 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Limited evenings and weekends available for part of placement.
  • Minimum hour commitment: 15 hours

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St. Felix Pantry, Inc.

4020 Barbara Loop SE
Rio Rancho NM, 87124

(505) 994-1857
(505) 891-8075 fax



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
  • IT
  • Communication work
  • Pack food boxes
  • Receive deliveries and restock pantry
  • Marketing
  • 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.

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United Blood Services
United Blood Services

1515 University NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Contact: Joshua Lovato, Donor Recruitment Representative; (505) 246‐1435 (o) and (505) 382‐1864 (c);

Location directions: From CNM Main Campus, travel North on University, approximately two miles. At the red building just north of Indian School, turn west into parking.

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 300 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 and blood needs.

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.

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: 8 to 10
  • Hours of operation when students are needed: Flexible, based on student schedules
  • Minimum hour commitment required: 15 hour minimum for this project

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Water in the Desert Project (#CNMWitD)

525 Buena Vista Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106


Contact: The Sustainability Curriculum Committee Chairs

Agency Description/Mission: The Water in the Desert Project (#CNMWitD) is a campus-wide, hands-on learning project centered on western water issues that is offered in the fall. It will consist of a service (field trips, activities), film and speaker series.

Service Learning opportunities: On-campus services directly tied to courses are available upon collaborations between instructors and the Sustainability Curriculum Committee. Inquire your instructor whether you are eligible to provide your service through the Water in the Desert Project.

Minimum hour commitment required: 15 hours throughout the semester

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Watermelon Mountain Ranch
Watermelon Mountain Ranch

3251 Westphalia Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87124

(505) 771-0140 ext. 4
(505) 620-2291 cell
(505) 291-6418 fax


Contact: , 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.

Watermelon Moutain Ranch volunteer
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 using paid and volunteer staffing with support from private & corporate donors.

Watermelon Moutain Ranch volunteer
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

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Wings For LIFE International

2270 D Wyoming Blvd NE #130
Albuquerque, NM 87112

(505) 291-6412
(505) 554-6698 cell



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. After-dinner tutoring and a Pre-K program is offered for the children.

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:

  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. Help with special meetings: Make a Difference Day, Keep Albuquerque Beautiful, Dr. Seuss Read Across America, Back-To-School Fashion Show, Christmas “Go Shopping”, NM Healthy Family Awards Banquet, and many more!
  5. Tutor – after-dinner program for elementary age children and youth
  6. Be a Team Member for the WFL “Special Dinners” (Plan, prepare special meal, decorations, etc.)
  7. Help with seasonal fundraisers (Yard sales, concerts, annual banquet, Celebration of Champions fundraiser, etc.)
  8. Be trained as a speaker to talk about WFL
  9. Create PowerPoint about WFL
  10. Be a photographer at WFL
  11. Take video at WFL
  12. Create video about WFL
  13. Create photo collages for website
  14. Put photos on website
  15. Help in kitchen at WFL
  16. Create walking/exercise program before WFL
  17. Help with Wings community parties
  18. Help with Wings prison family days
  19. Website design
  20. Database entry
  21. Help with IT and technology
  22. Help with newsletters
  23. Create brochures about Wings: General program, tutoring program, toddler program, and other programs
  24. Blog about WFL
  25. Office help
  26. Help donor package gifts for children
  27. Create healthy menu plans for semester. Figure out portions, quantities needed, cost, etc.
  28. 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.
  29. Activities for children using Fractals & STEM
  30. Share your idea how to help – we are always creating new programs and activities at WFL

Orientation/Training schedule:As needed. Very flexible. Can train first day of the Service Learning start date as hands on. WFL will offer an optional “official training” for students at the beginning of each semester to education students about what WFL does, why, and the best-practices behind each part of the program.

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.

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