Laboratory operator Triad will be making an initial contribution of $50,000 to the All Together New Mexico Fund to provide relief to those affected by the wildfires in Northern NM. The support will go to emergency shelter, food and water distribution, and other critical services.
In addition, Triad will also match employee contributions to nonprofit organizations supporting wildfire relief efforts.
“We’ve all seen the devastating impact of these fires on our neighbors across the region,” said Frances Chadwick, Laboratory staff director. “The All Together New Mexico Fund has a proven track record of mobilizing support quickly and effectively.”
The fund was established in 2020 by the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations in conjunction with the Governor’s office, and provides support and a platform for all community foundations in the state of New Mexico to collaborate.
Volunteers distribute food to wildfire evacuees
In addition, a dozen LANL volunteers joined the Food Depot at the Española Valley High School May 19 to distribute free food to individuals and families who have been impacted by the wildfires in Northern New Mexico.
This pop-up food pantry distribution was part of a wildfire response effort from the State, the Food Depot and other local agencies.
The volunteers provided food to 148 households (for a total of 369 people), distributing shelf-stable pantry bags (canned/packaged proteins, soups, vegetables), produce boxes (fresh fruits and vegetables), frozen chicken, bread and prepared sack lunches.
"We are extremely thankful to our compassionate employees who continue to reach out to our Community Partnerships Office, asking how and where they can help with monetary donations, tangible items, or by volunteering," said Community Relations Specialist Kayla Norris. "We got a quick and overwhelming response from employees who offered to volunteer at the food distribution in Española."
How you can help
In addition to supporting the All Together New Mexico Fund, you can also help many organizations that are working to help our neighbors affected by the wildfires in the region by donating to the relief funds established by regional community foundations.
These community foundations are also equipped to make informed funding decisions and have the capacity to make fast-paced evaluations and payments, especially to families and individuals who have lost their homes, and to others in immediate need because of wildfires.
- Las Vegas New Mexico Community Foundation (Service area: San Miguel and Mora counties)
- Taos Community Foundation (Service area: Taos County, and those evacuated from San Miguel and Mora counties to Taos.)