The impact of Carlsbad’s nonprofits is felt throughout the community, as public services are strengthened by supporting those in need.
The city’s nonprofit groups spend millions in the community each year to help dress children, feed families, and care for the elderly.
Twenty-six nonprofits in Carlsbad spent a total of about $ 45 million in the community in 2019 and 2020, according to the latest data from the New Mexico attorney general’s office.
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The expenses were a combination of operating costs for the groups and programs in the Carlsbad community directly benefiting those in need.
Lakeview Christian Home has spent the most in those two years, spending a total of $ 14.7 million in 2019, according to its latest tax records, with most of its spending going to programming at $ 11.1 million.
Lakeview was followed by CARC Inc., which spent $ 11.6 million in 2019, including approximately $ 10.3 million for its programming in the community.
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Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said the power of nonprofits in his city was to their direct and diverse benefit to the locals.
He said the city’s nonprofits “stepped up” during the COVID-19 pandemic to help feed students when schools close and care for the elderly as the health crisis made them worse. vulnerable than ever.
“As we’ve certainly discovered over the past year, our nonprofits really are there to move forward when the need is greatest. Nonprofits have helped feed our seniors and students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ”Janway said.
“They help addiction prevention efforts every day, help animals in need, behavioral health treatments and a thousand other ways. We are very happy to have these dedicated and dedicated volunteers and employees who make these projects a reality.
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Nonprofits in Carlsbad and statewide also benefit from partnerships with local industry.
The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association on Thursday announced its list of grants for New Mexico groups through the Association’s Brighter Future Fund, which raises thousands of dollars each year for non-profit organizations. profit and state charities.
This year, the Carlsbad chapter of the Boys and Girls Club received $ 7,500 through the program, while the local Inspired by Science summer camp for science education received $ 5,000 to support its annual event.
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In total, NMOGA has provided $ 100,000 in funding to nonprofits this year and said it has awarded $ 400,000 since the launch of the Brighter Future Fund in 2019.
“Helping our next generation of children learn, expanding opportunities for our workforce, and helping those in need of a hot meal are just a few of the ways the Brighter Future Fund is helping our people. fellow New Mexicans, ”said Leland Gould, president of NMOGA.
“These are game-changing organizations, and the oil and gas industry is here to make sure it continues to move New Mexico forward today, tomorrow and into the future.”
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Ashly Key, director of Carlsbad MainStreet, a local nonprofit that promotes businesses and events in downtown Carlsbad, said nonprofits also benefit the community in intangible ways.
“Nonprofits make a huge contribution to our community. Non-profit organizations have the capacity to help not only our businesses, but also our children, families in need, ”she said. “Funding for mental health. People can get involved and devote their time to something that matters to them. Their passion.
During COVID-19, Key said MainStreet and other nonprofits were serving as an “information hub” for local businesses by providing information on state protocols related to the health crisis and facilitating grant requests for necessary relief dollars.
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“It is our duty to get the information, whether it comes from state, federal or other organizations, to businesses so that they don’t have to look far,” she said.
Carlsbad MainStreet was in the midst of its “downtown rejuvenation” project this year, replacing trash cans and benches in the downtown area, while facilitating the recently completed mural at the Eddy County Courthouse.
Key said MainStreet is also developing an app to show visitors where to shop, eat and stay overnight in the town of Cavern.
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She touted the recent successes of MainStreet’s Third Thursday and Farmer’s Markets events which have drawn hundreds of people downtown to local vendors and food trucks.
Going forward, MainStreet plans to partner with the Carlsbad Arts and Culture District on an Electric Light Parade to celebrate the holidays, while continuing to promote Small Business Saturdays and the upcoming Santa Fun Run.
These events create a “sense of oneness,” Key said, and help community members take care of each other.
“I think they improve our community by bringing the community together. It’s like bringing the community together as a family to take care of each other, whether it’s through events, food drives or family support, or just fun activities, ”Key said.
“I am passionate about downtown businesses and I want them to be successful. I believe it is my responsibility and that of everyone in the community to make sure we thrive. “
Adrian Hedden can be reached at 575-618-7631, [email protected] or @AdrianHedden on Twitter.