Our church directly supports many local projects that help Las Cruces and southern New Mexico. We offer financial and volunteer support to the programs listed below.
Community of Hope
An overarching organization that assists the homeless and near homeless residents of Las Cruces. Our church contributes clothing to this organization through such events as our “Mitten Tree” and “Undie Sunday.”
Casa de Pereginos food bank
This is one of the programs within Community of Hope. The Social Action Committee collects food and money for the local food bank for people in need. The committee formed the Casa Club, a group of church members and friends who have signed up to give money monthly. Several members of the committee volunteer at the food bank and some are on their board of directors.
Local elementary schools
For several years we have collected school supplies for one of our local schools. In 2009, we initiated a mentoring program for the fifth graders at one of these schools. Twenty mentors shepherd the entire fifth grade class through an all-day introduction to New Mexico State University. Now this is an annual project.
New Mexico Legislative Watch
We regularly watch the activities of the New Mexico Legislature.
Peace Village is a non-profit organization that hosts multicultural day and week peace camps that welcomes children from all spiritual and cultural traditions.
The Peace Village mission is to teach the messages and practices of non-violence and peacemaking from various world traditions in a fun and cooperative atmosphere.
The success of Peace Village relies on the Unitarian Universalist, First Christian, and Peace Lutheran churches and the support of many Las Cruces organizations and businesses.
Peace Village core curricula include Social Justice, Compassionate communications, Culture, Media Awareness, and Cooperative Games.
Visit the Peace Village website at http://www.peacevillagelc.org/
Visit Peace Village on Facebook.
For several years, we have picked up litter along a one-mile stretch of adopted highway in Mesilla, NM.
Working with our children
We work with the Religious Education Committee to involve our children and youth in meaningful social action projects.
Little Free Library: Take a Book – Leave a Book
Our Little Free Library, charter #44637, joins over 44,000 other Little Free Libraries as part of an international, free, nonprofit book exchange promoting literacy, the love of reading, and a sense of community.
Anyone can use a Little Free Library. It’s convenient and the door is always open.
If you see a book you’d like to read, just take it. You don’t need a library card and you don’t have to sign the book out. When you’ve finished with the book, return it to the Little Free Library or pass it along to a friend.
If you have a book you think other people would enjoy, you can donate it. Open the door and slip it in. If the library is too full, please find another Little Free Library or pass the book on to a friend. (Please don’t leave books on the ground near the Library or in the church office.)
Spread the news. Tell your friends the library is here. And keep on reading.