The Rio Grande Rotary Club presented a $6,000 donation to Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity Tuesday, April 12. Pictured are Rotary board member Scotty Hendricks, Habitat operations coordinator Marissa Coronado, Rotary board member Chris Erickson, Habitat executive director Maria Vasquez, Rotary president Chris May, Rotary board member Nikki McDonald, Habitat board member Homer Brown, Habitat board member Sandy Johnson and Rotary secretary Larry Binkley.
Las Cruces, NM (April 14, 2016) – The Rio Grande Rotary Club of Las Cruces has given $6,000 to Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity (MVHFH) to help local children gain an edge in life. Their generous donation will be used to purchase furniture for six children, who will soon live in the 102nd, 103rd, 104th, and 105th homes built by Habitat volunteers. These homes are located in the Mesa Grande subdivision. Home Dedication Ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, April 29th.
Mesilla Valley for Humanity Executive Director, Maria Vasquez, as well as Board Members, Sandra Johnson and Homer Brown, accepted the generous donation from several Rotary Club members on Tuesday, April 12th. Rotary Club members included:Rotary President Chris May, Rotary Secretary Larry Binkley, Rotary PR Director Jamie Tobin, as well as Rotary Board Members Chris Erikson, Nikki MacDonald, Scotty Hendricks, and Richard Coltharp. Photo taken by Richard Coltharp.
Thanks to The Rio Grande Rotary Club of Las Cruces’ kindness, every child served this year will receive a bed, a nightstand, and a dresser. The gift of a fully furnished room will be a luxury for these children. For many of these families, moving into a Habitat home marks the first time that their children will have a chance to sleep in a bed of their own. Many of these children grow up sharing beds – or even worse – sleeping on the couch or on the floor.
This donation will further increase the positive impact that living in a Habitat home has on young lives – according to recent research, over 98% of children raised in a Habitat home successfully graduate from high school due to the core, family stability which is achieved through ongoing homeownership. These children are also more likely to become future homeowners one day. This year, thanks to support from The Rio Grande Rotary Club of Las Cruces, children will receive even more benefits, further adding to their childhood stability– they will have a bed on which to sleep, a place to store their clothes, and a nice place to place their toys and personal belongings.
The Rio Grande Rotary Club of Las Cruces’ generous contribution to local families highlights their ongoing investment in developing local youth. The club supports initiatives which promote future leaders, including the Taste of Las Cruces High School Senior Scholarship Program as well as the Four Way Test Essay Contest. Since the volunteer service organization’s founding more than 100 years ago, Rotary has harnessed the strength of professional and community leaders to tackle humanitarian challenges at home and abroad through volunteerism. Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity is thankful for this opportunity to partner with a like-minded organization to better the lives of hardworking families.