In June, Opportunity Santa Fe and the AmeriCorps VISTAs partnered with Santa Fe Baby Fund to assemble 450 early childhood activity bags for families with young children in Santa Fe, to provide enriching early childhood resources to families during extended stay at home orders and early childhood program closures. The bags, tailored to children under age 1, ages 1-2, and
Last year was a productive one for Opportunity Santa Fe (OSF) and our Collaborative Working Groups (CWGs) — filled with many accomplishments and new insights. In 2019, we supported 14 CWGs and their work in ways that will to help turn the curve for the children and youth of the City of Santa Fe. Below are a few of the
By Catherine Dry | Director, Santa Fe Baby Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation | March 28, 2019 We live in an infant care desert in Santa Fe. As a community, we only have enough high quality, center-based child care for seven percent of the babies born in our city. The Baby Fund, in close collaboration with the Infant Care Workgroup
By Jennifer Duran-Sallee | Director, Early Childhood Center of Excellence, Santa Fe Community College | March 28, 2019 The year’s legislative session was full of promise and excitement thanks to the great surplus of state funding available. One of the most exciting bills for early childhood passed on March 14, when Governor Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 22 (SB22) into law
Molly Timmins, Opportunity Santa Fe Program Coordinator | September 17, 2018 Growing up I always volunteered– through Key Club, Circle K International, Kiwanis and with numerous nonprofits across New York, Maryland, and New Mexico. By being a part of a service club, it made finding volunteer opportunities that matched my interests and skills, easy and accessible. However, for others, finding the
By Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCorps VISTA | August 20, 2018 For volunteers who arrived early Sunday morning to set up the Community Book Swap at the Santa Fe Place Mall, it seemed as if the stream of book boxes being unloaded would never end! While the majority of books from the March swap were generated from donation boxes placed in local schools,
Emily McRae, AmeriCorps VISTA | May 15, 2018 We’re excited to announce that the 4th annual Fiesta Para Bebés kicked off last Saturday, May 12, at El Camino Real Academy, and it was a blast! New and expecting parents and families alike joined together for a fun Saturday morning with their kids, to learn about all the amazing community resources Santa
Dana Greenblatt and Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTAs | April 11, 2018 While books and access to reading opportunities are an essential element of child development, many families do not have consistent access to books for their children and teens. The Community Book Swap aimed to address this critical need for books in the homes of so many families in Santa Fe.
Sarah Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA | February 7, 2018 January, what a month! It’s the start of the new year, we’re all back from vacations, rested (hopefully) and ready to get back to work. I started the month diving headfirst into the National Mentoring Month campaign. It was exciting, it was fun, it was stressful, but most of all it was rewarding.