Our communities ready to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After […]

Volunteers: Community dinner rewarding

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymond Mondragon and Leticia Perez of Clovis go over routes to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound community members. Benna Sayyed Sandra Taylor-Sawyer recalls when her close family members stayed at the Lighthouse Mission, and considers it a great blessing to her family. On Thursday, Taylor-Sawyer helped spread this blessing to […]

Honors —

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Bumgarner [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Rita Bumgarner as auxilian of the month for October. She joined the auxiliary in November of 2009 and volunteers in the nursery and also subs for the information desk.

Shoutouts — Nov. 13

Curry County volunteers honored A dinner was held on Nov. 4 to recognize all the volunteers in Curry County for their service and to award the volunteer who contributed the most time. Approximately 150 people attended, representing the volunteer stations and Senior Centers where they volunteer to help improve out community and five elementary schools […]

Volunteer program hosting banquet

CNJ staff The Curry County Senior Volunteer program is hosting a banquet to honor volunteers 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at The Bistro, 4101 N. Prince St. The banquet honors senior volunteers for participation in such programs as the food basket, foster grandparents and pink ladies at Plains Regional Medical Center. Information: 763-6009.

Wednesday morning briefing: Jail help, Gala’s on hold and a No. 1 record

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Jail volunteers Christian Believers is looking for volunteers to help at both the Curry County jail and youth detention center. There’s a training session 6 p.m. Thursday at the Believers headquarters, 209 W. Seventh St. Information: Sistar Yancy at 763-1715 Gala’s on hold Clovis […]

Charity, cleanup events fill weekend

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Javan McCord, 2, of Clovis picks out a pumpkin Saturday at the Altrusa pumpkin patch on the east side of North Plains Mall. Everyone who brought in three nonperishable items were allowed to pick out a pumpkin. Food items benefited Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. According to Javan’s parents, […]

Volunteers planning food drive

Polly Kennedy Pastor Bonita Knox and about 80 community volunteers are converging Sunday to participate in the National Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty Hunger Walk 2011. Knox is enthusiastic about the cause. “I am just hosting this year. It is a community effort,” she stressed. “This has been going on for about five years now, […]

World hunger focus of Sunday walk

POLLY KENNEDY Pastor Bonita Knox and about 80 community volunteers are converging Sunday to participate in the National Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty Hunger Walk 2011. Knox is enthusiastic about the cause. “I am just hosting this year. It is a community effort,” she stressed. “This has been going on for about five years now, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Horsing around, a free concert and a star passes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Volunteer call Special Olympics New Mexico needs volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at the group’s Statewide Equestrian Competition Sept. 16-18 at the Curry County Events Center. For more information contact United Way of Eastern new Mexico at 769-2103. Crowder appointed Gov. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Mentors needed, loans and Sonny without Cher

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Mentors needed United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking 1,000 men and women in Curry and Roosevelt counties to be literacy volunteers in area schools. The volunteers will serve as mentors to help kids become better readers. Here’s a link with more info: […]

Youth coalition seeking 1,000 volunteers

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico Youth Connection teens and children take a break from renovating and painting a mural in a basement room at the Matt 25 Hope Center in February. Liliana Castillo The Eastern New Mexico Youth Connection is looking for 1,000 volunteers by the end of July. Some might say that’s a lofty […]

Friday morning briefing: A bite for charity, top volunteers and a chance of rain

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. That’s a burger Taco Box’s green chili cheeseburger — once again namd one of the state’s best — is raising money for local charities. Now through June 15th when you buy one at Taco Box of Clovis or Portales, Taco Box will donate $1 […]

Volunteers, entries still being sought for wind festival

CNJ staff Volunteers and entries are still being sought for the April 30 Downtown Wind Festival and its featured Pedal ARTitude Rally. According to a release from Clovis MainStreet, rally vehicles can be as simple as a decorated bike but can consist of as many as four connected bicycles. Sample vehicles and festival information is […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Call for volunteers, ticket deadline and a bridge to gold

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Calling on you The new Portales Quality of Life Committee will be holding focus groups at the end of January and needs volunteers. Community members interested in participating in these focus groups will be chosen randomly from all who volunteer. Interested volunteers are asked […]

Volunteers sought for jail GED program

CNJ staff Volunteers are being sought to launch a GED program for inmates at the Curry County jail. The program is possible through the recent donation of GED literature, according to a press release. Volunteers are needed to tutor inmates in reading, writing and math. Instruction will be conducted in small groups and one-on-one. Inmates […]

Thursday morning briefing: Call for help, free hot chocolate and a scandal

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Parade needs help Clovis MainStreet still needs volunteers to help ensure everything runs smoothly Saturday at the Clovis Christmas Light Parade. Volunteers are needed for one hour intervals beginning at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Information: Robyne Beaubien @ 575-309-8370 Question […]

Volunteers beautify four Main Street facades

CNJ staff Clovis MainStreet’s Facade Squad beautified four facades Saturday as part of a four-hour project. The four properties that received upgrades in the 500 block of Main Street were Penny Lane, The Patchwork House, Skin and Sacrifice and a currently unused property on 511 Main. MainStreet Director Robyne Baubien said several places applied, but […]

Group seeking volunteers to paint buildings

CNJ staff Volunteers are being sought to help paint buildings Saturday in downtown Clovis. The Facade Squad, a group geared toward revitalizing the downtown area, will work from noon to 4 p.m. on the east side of the Fifth Street block off Main Street, according to a press release. Volunteers will meet at the Patchwork […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Call for volunteers, cornbread tips and a reporter gets out of jail

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. A little help needed United way needs volunteers to help stuff bags of goodies for Health and Wellness day. Meet 1 p.m. Thursday at UW’s offices in Clovis, 1200 Thornton St., to help stuff bags. Health and Wellness Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. […]