#GivingTuesday is a national day of giving that is observed on the Tuesday directly following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when we express thanks through supporting our favorite non-profit organizations.
You can participate in the Mandy’s Farm #GivingTuesday campaign by becoming a monthly-recurring donor. Simply visit our donate page to commit to giving a monthly donation to Mandy’s Farm. Donating as little as $10 each month makes a huge difference in the lives of those served by the enhanced programming at Mandy’s Farm.
Mandy’s Farm is pleased to announce that CARF International has awarded us with a three-year accreditation. Undertaking accreditation is an intensive process, during which an organization’s service delivery, policies and procedures, and quality assurance are examined by experts in the field. CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community. To learn more about CARF International, and what accreditation means, visit http://www.carf.org/home/.
Mandy’s Farm has received additional support for the vermicomposting program at Mandy’s Farm (a part of the Everyone Can Work program). Within the vermicomposting program, individuals with developmental disabilities gather food scraps from community restaurants such as Flying Star and Satellite Coffee, and then integrate them into worm bins, where food scraps, leaves, and other organic material, is broken down into compost. The resulting vermicompost can then be used to enrich gardens, and can be sold at Mandy’s Farm booths at local farmers markets. Through funds granted by New Mexico Mutual, Mandy’s Farm will be able to purchase additional supplies needed for the collection of food scraps, the care of the worms, and product marketing.
Through support received through a Bernalillo County Grant, Mandy’s Farm will now receive additional funding to support the Everyone Can Work Supported Employment Program. This funding will allow for additional individuals with developmental disabilities to be placed in integrated jobs in the Albuquerque Community, increasing opportunities to build community relationships, as well as self-sufficiency.
Mandy’s Farm thanks the Albuquerque Masonic Lodge 60 for their support of the expansion of our horsemanship program. With their support, Mandy’s Farm will now have funding to provide Therapeutic Horsemanship through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certification.
In 2014, we received a new high top paratransit van and new a low-floor minivan with funds provided by the 5310 Federal Department of Transportation grant.
In 2016, Mandy’s Farm received two additional vehicles from the 5310 Federal Department of Transportation grant, in order to replace our well-used shuttles that support Day Services transportation. These shuttles include additional wheelchair lifts and accessibility that is sorely needed to serve all individuals within the program.
In 2017, Mandy’s Farm is slated to receive an additional shuttle and low-floor minivan, both with wheelchair access, in order to retire heavily used vehicles from our fleet.
In July 2013, Mandy’s Farm was awarded $25,000 from the Community Fund through United Way of Central New Mexico, to establish a pilot program and create employment opportunities in the community, in integrated settings, for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
In 2014 we were once again granted $25,000 from the Community Fund to continue our supported employment program, Everyone Can Work.
More recently, in 2015, Mandy’s Farm was granted funding to further support the Everyone Can Work program in the amount of $5,000.
Established in 1989, The Rotary Del Norte Foundation provides financial support to local charities. In 2012, this wonderful organization awarded Mandy’s Farm funds for a copy machine.
In 2013, Mandy’s Farm was granted monies to purchase a Hoyer lift, a hydraulic-powered lifting mechanism designed to help individuals with limited mobility to gain access to therapeutic swimming.
In 2014, Rotary Del Norte once again generously funded the purchase of much-needed iPads, to be used in our day services program.
In May 2014, Mandy’s Farm participated in a very special 24-hour online event called Give Grande New Mexico. As part of a national day of giving called Give Local America, the Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico supported local nonprofits and causes throughout New Mexico. Thanks to our generous supporters, Mandy’s Farm raised over $7,000 during this event.
The Hancock Family Foundation has awarded Mandy’s Farm a generous grant to expand the visual arts program through the purchase of state-of-the-art supplies. Day Services Coordinator, Jessie Calero, developed an extensive painting and drawing curriculum.
An additional 2014 grant from the Hancock Family Foundation allowed us to purchase art supplies, as well as funds to establish a ceramics studio for our day services program.