New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism Continues to Support VAMOS

The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism has initiated its third year of VAMOS funding at Mandy’s Farm. Known for its administration of the AmeriCorps program in New Mexico, NMCCV focuses on building economic opportunity for community members, as well as providing national service opportunities that provide meaningful pathways to successful careers for our nation’s residents. Mandy’s Farm initially collaborated with NMCCV through their planning grant program, through which the VAMOS program was born. Now in their second year of funding VAMOS operations, NMCCV has become an essential partner in carrying out the goals of the VAMOS Program.

BBVA Compass Bank Supports VAMOS for Second Year

Mandy’s Farm is grateful to BBVA Compass Bank for renewing its support of the VAMOS Program. BBVA has provided grant funds to the VAMOS program since its inception in 2017. Funding will be used to create paid internships for all VAMOS participants. This provides each student with the opportunity to expand their on-the-job experience, build their resume, and receive a paycheck (often for the first time in their lives). Thank you, BBVA Compass Bank!

PNM Reduce Your Use Recognizes Mandy’s Farm

Mandy’s Farm was recently selected as a funding recipient through the PNM Reduce Your Use program. Through a $4,000 grant provided by the PNM Foundation, Mandy’s Farm will be able to install solar lighting throughout outdoor areas of the Farm, as well as replace all indoor lighting with energy-efficient fixtures. Mandy’s Farm looks forward to reducing reliance on non-renewable energy as our programs expand.

Wells Fargo Doubles Down on the VAMOS Program

Wells Fargo recently doubled its investment in the Mandy’s Farm VAMOS Program, providing $10,000 for the program. Reaching individuals with disabilities who are living without adult services, the VAMOS Program provides intensive job-training, paid internship opportunities, benefits navigation services, and so much more to its students. VAMOS graduates have successfully transitioned to community employment at minimum wage or higher, returned to school to obtain the diploma, or have moved onto higher education. We are so grateful for Wells Fargo’s decision to support our work, increasing opportunities for young people in our community.

Mandy’s Farm Receives Albuquerque Community Foundation Grant

Mandy’s Farm was recently awarded a grant from the Albuquerque Community Foundation in support of the AgrAbility Program. Funding was provided as part of the Foundation’s Environmental and Historic Preservation grants program, an area-of-interest focused on environmental and agricultural economy. Funding will support accessibility in the Mandy’s Farm agriculture spaces, increasing use of vertical gardening and environmentally friendly and wheelchair-accessible paving materials. As a result of the grant, Mandy’s Farm will be able to increase annual yields, as well as provide an opportunity for individuals of all abilities to participate in environmentally sound agriculture opportunities.

Financial Institutions Invest in Mandy’s Farm

Mandy’s Farm is pleased to have received support from the Nusenda Credit Union Foundation, BBVA Compass Bank, and Wells Fargo to assist in the delivery of the VAMOS Program. Designed to assist individuals with disabilities who are living without adult services, the VAMOS Program provides vocational training, information about post-secondary education, referrals for adult services, financial literacy classes, and a 40-hour customized internship within a local business or nonprofit.

New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism

The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism has chosen to invest in the creation of an AmeriCorps program at Mandy’s Farm. Designed through an NMCCV Planning Grant, the Mandy’s Farm VAMOS Program is crafted to meet the needs of vulnerable individuals with disabilities who are living without adult services. The VAMOS Program provides eight weeks of intensive support to transitioning teenagers and adults who are navigating life after high school, as well as follow-along support following program graduation.

Anderson Charitable Foundation

The Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has awarded Mandy’s Farm a grant in support of the VAMOS Employment Preparation Program. An initiative focused on individuals transitioning from high school to adulthood, the Mandy’s Farm VAMOS Program provides intensive vocational training and follow-along to those who are still on the waiting list for disability services.

Mandy’s Farm Receives FTA Transportation Funding through 5310 Grant

Mandy’s Farm is pleased to continue its partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Authority through participation in their 5310 programs.

In 2019, Mandy’s Farm was recommended to receive $119,028.00 dollars in ADA-accessible vehicles, allowing for the expansion of demand-response transportation services for the individuals participating in Mandy’s Farm programs.

In 2018, Mandy’s Farm received $76,445.60 dollars in ADA-accessible vehicles through the 5310 program.

Mandy’s Farm was recently awarded the 2017 New Mexico Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities System of the Year award, recognizing our excellence in providing transportation to adults with developmental disabilities in Bernalillo County, as well as our commitment to significantly expanding the number of individuals we provide transportation to each year.

Mandy’s Farm received additional funding from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Authority 5310 programs for ADA-accessible transportation during the 2014 and 2016 fiscal year grant cycles.