Bringing Community and Classrooms Together

CommunityShare Las Cruces is a free, online platform that connects LCPS classrooms, levels K-12, to a diverse community of organizations, businesses, builders, homemakers, artists, scientists, and everyone in between who sustains and strengthens Las Cruces. Using their range of specialized skills and a lifetime of insights, community members can connect with teachers as CommunityShare partners…

Teen Connection provides youth with opportunities for growth and development.

Founded as an extension of our Weed and Seed Out-of-School-Time Program, the Teen Connection Program offers FREE afterschool and summer programming for middle school and high school-aged youth grades 6-12. Our educational and recreational programming is centered around five program areas: Fitness and Outdoor Fun—Providing opportunities to move and exercise through team sports, cooperative games,…

Creating Book-Rich Environments through Community Partnerships

On April 30th, the Dona Ana County Little Libraries and Pantries hosted its first Little Libraries & Pantries Community Mass Build. In partnership with Las Cruces de Noche Lions Club, Rotary Club of Las Cruces Rio Grande, Humana, and other organizations, we achieved our goal to build 40 little libraries/pantries with the support of our…

Leading the Way from Innovation to Policy

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson For 12 years, The Bridge of Southern New Mexico has been in the business of innovation, piloting, proving, and then seeking to embed what works into policy to benefit others for the…

Parks & Recreation Offering FREE Summer Programs

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for adults and children alike, providing innovative and sustainable services at all city parks, trails, and recreational centers. Parks & Recreation provides more than 100 scenic athletic and neighborhood parks. Play a game of tennis on one of the…

Vote Yes for Kids Doña Ana County

Does anyone pay attention to the back side of the ballot? This election year, flip it over! On November 8th, 2022, you have the opportunity to vote on a game-changing measure to increase funds annually for New Mexico childcare providers, early learning programs, and public schools. This opportunity is the result of a fight that…

<strong>Local Heroines Celebrated with Creative Collaboration</strong>

On April 2nd, 2022, The culmination of creativity and collaborative partnership blossomed at Calhoun Flower Farms, celebrating five exemplary women in honor of Women’s History Month(WHM). Nominations poured in throughout March, recognizing women in our community who “Promote Hope and Provide Healing.” The SUCCESS Partnership’s work is rooted in creating opportunities where resources are shared…

Connecting Youth to the Outdoors

Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (Friends of OMDP) is a nonprofit that works to protect and restore public lands through advocacy and through building a committed and diverse public lands community. Our work ensures the protection of the resources and responsible access regardless of wealth, privilege or social standing. Through grassroots organizing, and continued…

Closing the Digital Skills Gap:  Opportunity Las Cruces

In spring 2022, the City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department teamed up with Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Workforce Development and Career Readiness Department to offer several computer skills training courses for Las Cruces and Doña Ana County residents.  The courses range from the basics of computer operation and the use of common apps…

Early Childhood Leaders Making a Difference in Your Community

Allow me to introduce the Gadsden Chapter of the Doña Ana County Early Childhood Education Coalition (DAC ECEC), formerly known as the Gadsden Early Childhood Coalition.  The Gadsden EC Chapter was formed in April 2016 under the Early Childhood Investment Zone Initiative. This collaborative of leaders meets monthly, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month,…