“Thank you so much for your continued support of our Las Campanas Compadres program. On behalf of our riders, volunteers AND our therapy horses please know how very much we all appreciate you! Thank you!” -Las Campanas Compadres
New Mexico Children’s Foundation
The New Mexico Children’s Foundation is a visionary, grassroots organization that funds small non-profit children’s organizations throughout New Mexico. They support a variety of efforts, from start-ups with a strong mission to those that are growing. Many have special needs programs, and the spectrum represents all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. The New Mexico Children’s Foundation’s core belief is that most children have a wide range of under-served needs, and the goal is to provide meaningful grants to serve as many of those needs as possible. They strive to provide services all over the state of New Mexico giving their focus to the current and changing needs of children.
The YES Institute
Their mission is to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation. They were founded in 1996 to address the high rates of teenage suicide impacting young people who identified or were labeled as gay. Although based in Miami, Florida, the YES Institute has reached communities across the country – from Alabama and Georgia to New York. They have worked in Latin America – including Bogotá, Colombia and Cuernavaca, México. In addition, people travel to Miami from all over the world to participate in their courses.
Las Campanas Compadres
Las Campanas Compadres was founded by Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra in May, 2007. They started this program devoted to people with special needs, which has access to the Las Campanas club’s top-notch facilities.
They initially began as a therapeutic riding program only, with a North American Handicap Riders Association-rated instructor and a pool of volunteers. Subsequently they expanded to include a therapeutic swimming program. Together, the program has over 100 registered students and underwrites approximately 1,500 lessons per year.
Horses that Help
Horses that Help provides free horseback riding and horsemanship training to special needs children, at-risk youth, veterans and their families, using rescued and rehabilitated horses.
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
The mission of The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach, Florida, the Children’s Museum opened in August 2008 and has welcomed over 400,000 visitors and over 50,000 to experience the power of education through their field trip and outreach programs.
The Birthday Party Project
Their mission is to bring joy to children experiencing homelessness through the magic of a birthday party. Pre- and post-pandemic, they host monthly birthday parties at homeless and transitional living facilities across the country. They celebrate all children ages 1-21 that have a birthday that month, and invite all children and family members staying at the agency to join in the party. During the current pandemic, they are not idle: they initiated a new program called “Birthday in a Bag,” and birthday gift for children on their birthday.
La Familia-Namaste was an organization (now non-operational) that was devoted to supporting emotionally affected children placed in foster homes, providing more affordable adoptions for New Mexico families, free counseling for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, and assisting the State in the adoption and placement of special needs children. The Jack Kagan Foundation donated funding for a special children’s sensory gym built for emotionally affected foster children.