Team New Mexico Make a Difference Day in Taos, NM

By zaccaria on November 18, 2010 in AmeriCorps

On October 22, National AIDS Fund Team New Mexico traveled to Taos, NM to attend the statewide AmeriCorps member launch.  The launch is a weekend long AmeriCorps conference organized by the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC).  RMYC is based in Taos, NM and mobilizes youth in environmental service projects as well as educates youth in leadership and community responsibility.  During the weekend, team building sessions and trainings were offered including CPR/First AID, “Disaster Preparedness,” and “Community Organizing.”  RYMC also hosted team building sessions on a high ropes course to enable volunteers from around the state to meet and work together.  Over twenty programs around the state attended with almost 300 AmeriCorps volunteers participating in the launch.

On October 23, Team New Mexico, with 260 other AmeriCorps volunteers from around the state took action throughout the Taos region of New Mexico and participated in 15 different community service initiatives.  Team New Mexico partnered with the San Juan County Partnership volunteers at a local senior center to paint two rooms at the facility.  San Juan County Partnership is located in Farmington, NM and works with youth, families and individuals in substance abuse prevention, awareness and education.  Other service initiatives were removal of waste at an illegal dumping site, making fleece blankets for kids in foster care, and yard cleanup at a local church.

On Saturday night, Team New Mexico also represented the National AIDS Fund at the AmeriCorps swearing in ceremony.  As part of the evening’s entertainment, there were traditional Native American dancers from the neighboring Taos Pueblo as well as a local high school slam poetry group.  The weekend provided a great learning experience for our team as well as an opportunity to work with and learn about different AmeriCorps programs around New Mexico and some of the other great work being accomplished by AmeriCorps volunteers.

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