Nusenda Community Day
Since our beginning in 1936, Nusenda Credit Union has operated as a not-for-profit financial cooperative, dedicated to serving our members and to improving the communities in which we live and serve. We believe that giving means more than just writing a check, which is why we began celebrating Community Day in 2017. Historically this has been a day for Nusenda employees to demonstrate one of our core values of volunteerism by spending time helping local community partners.
Since its inception three years ago, 686 Nusenda employees have spent 2,744 hours of their time working with 17 partner organizations and nonprofits throughout the community. In 2019, 49% of our employees participated in Community Day!
This year, Community Day looks different because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, and current restrictions on public gatherings. However, Nusenda is still offering employees an opportunity to make a positive impact in their communities. While we cannot volunteer in-person to the following seven organizations this year, employees have the opportunity to donate to any or all of them, and Nusenda will make a dollar-to-dollar set contribution for each of this year’s Community Day partners:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters — This organization works towards children reaching their potential by matching them with an adult mentor. This national program is the biggest donor and volunteer support mentoring network in the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters works to instill higher aspirations, greater confidence, better behaviors, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.
- El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos — El Centro works to fight for immigrants' rights and workers' rights in Albuquerque. Their strategy to help low-income immigrant workers includes community building and organizing, leadership development, advocacy, civic engagement, and strategic communications.
- New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series — The New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series presents a variety of quality, multicultural, and affordable performances. They offer arts education and outreach activities in music, theatre, dance, and family entertainment for the diverse community of Socorro and central New Mexico. NMTPAS is the only organization presenting national touring artists and educational arts outreach activities in a 140-mile radius, which encompasses three school districts.
- Paws and Stripes — Paws and Stripes is a human services organization that provides assisted therapy to military veterans with PTSD, MST, and TBI using rescued dogs. The focus is on saving not just one but two lives. Over 2,000 veterans and their families are supported each year.
- Silver Horizons — Silver Horizons provides critical help to extremely low-income seniors with life's basics: food, utilities, and home repairs/retrofits.
- Transgender Resource Center — The Transgender Resource Center focuses on providing advocacy, education, and services to transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and gender variant people and their families. Some of their programs include support groups, workplace training, a drop-in center, and food access to support the trans community, who is often food insecure.
- United Way of Santa Fe County (ages 0-3 years) — The United Way of Santa Fe County provides early childhood education and care programs to assist families in need and to help children succeed. Their strategy is to work with two generations through high-quality early childhood programs to prepare children for success in their future.
Each day, in every way, there are dedicated New Mexicans who are devoting their time, energy, and perseverance to help all in our state rise and succeed together. It is the way this state was shaped. Nusenda Credit Union's work is just a sliver of the overall effort — and for almost a century, it's been our honor and privilege to serve New Mexico and its residents.