Community

Community Involvement

You can see some of our recent community involvement in this YouTube video.

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White Sands believes in community involvement.  Below are some of our most recent community involvement projects.

Hatch Public Library receives donation

Hatch library donation

Lisa Neal at the Hatch Library (l) accepts a donation from Rosanna Gamboa of White Sands FCU.

The Hatch Public Library was the recipient of a donation of $500 from the employees of White Sands Federal Credit Union. Librarian Lisa Neal accepted the donation and said the funds would help them bolster their children’s reading program. The Hatch Public Library has been in existence since 1946 and is currently housed in an old railroad depot. It retains the original architecture and fixtures of the depot building, which was built in 1935. It serves the residents of the village of Hatch (pop. 1650) as well as surrounding villages.

Donations such as this are made possible by the Do a Good Deed program, an employee-run community support group. Employees make donations to the Do a Good Deed program through payroll deduction, and an employee committee selects the quarterly recipients.

Employees help purchase kids coats

White Sands FCU staff Liz Escobedo and Andrea DesArmier with Dee Margo of Operation Noel.

White Sands FCU staff Liz Escobedo and Andrea DesArmier with Dee Margo of Operation Noel.

On December 6, White Sands Federal Credit Union presented Operation Noel founder Dee Margo with a $1,000 check. The donation was made possible by the credit union’s Do A Good Deed program, in which credit union employees donate money to various community assistance organizations.

For more than 70 years, Operation Noel has looked out for some of El Paso, Las Cruces and the Borderland area’s neediest children.

The charity has evolved over the years, but its primary mission today is to provide new winter coats to more than 25,000 children in the region whose families cannot afford them. This is made possible by community donations such as this one. 100% of this donation goes toward buying new coats, which cost about $15.00 each.

Villa Maria homeless women’s shelter receives gifts from employees

scarfs and gloves

Scarfs, gloves and other necessities were given to Villa MAria women's shelter

Employees at the credit union's El Paso facilities collected and donated scarfs, gloves and other necessities to Villa Maria, a shelter for homeless women in El Paso.

Villa Maria is a refuge for women who are homeless and whose children are not with them, allowing them to transition from crisis to self-sufficiency while living within a safe, supportive and spiritual community. They are able to accommodate 22 women in secure, temporary housing that has been thoughtfully designed to meet unique womanly needs.

Employees feed the hungry

Twenty employees (and one spouse) spent their Sunday morning on December 2 cooking and serving the homeless and hungry population in Las Cruces. The group volunteered at El Caldito soup kitchen. On Sundays, the soup kitchen serves a full meal at noon. The volunteers made and served fajitas, enchiladas, beans, rice and fruit cups.

El Caldito started serving small meals to a few people in 1984 and has grown to serving hundreds every day. Almost every bit of the work they do is done by volunteers, and a great deal of the food they serve is donated or provided at low cost.

Fraternal Order of Police Shop with a Cop

Shop with a Cop donation

White Sands FCU employees Shelby Herrera, Phillip Fifield and Sharon Sumner (far right) presented Rose Maese (center right), treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police with a $1,000 check.

The Fraternal Order of Police in Las Cruces was the recipient of a Do A Good Deed donation on November 30. Rose Maese, treasurer of the organization was presented with a $1,000 check. They will use the funds to take local, underprivileged children shopping for clothing, necessities and toys as part of the Shop with a Cop program.  The Shop with a Cop program was organized 17 years ago to not only financially help these less fortunate children, but to let them know they have someone to turn to when faced with a potential crisis. Their goal is to spend about $100 per participating child.

Donations such as this are made possible by the Do a Good Deed program, an employee-run community support group. Employees make donations to the Do a Good Deed program through payroll deduction, and an employee committee selects the quarterly recipients.

Thanksgiving dinner baskets collected for community

A number of credit union departments and branches collected food items to create complete Thanksgiving dinner baskets, which were donated to needy families through various organizations.

Special Olympics Holiday Classic

WSFCU staff helping at Special Olympics

White Sands FCU staff assemble lunches for Special Olympics athletes.

White Sands FCU is pleased to be a regular supporter of the Special Olympics Holiday Classic, which is held annually in Las Cruces. This year, the credit union was the corporate sponsor of the golf tournament and provided volunteers to serve lunch at Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q on Saturday, OCtober 27. The games were held at New Mexico State University and the Las Cruces Convention Center. Throughout the competition weekend Special Olympics New Mexico athletes competed in Basketball, Bocce and Golf.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Habitat for Humanity

WSFCU staff helping Habitat for Humanity

White Sands FCU staff Michelle Carrillo, Rosa Silva, Rosemary Murueta and Joan McDaniel assist with warehouse cleaning at Habitat for Humanity.

Credit union staff from the El Paso facilities spend their Saturday on October 20 helping Habitat for Humanity in El Paso.  Eight employees went to the local warehouse and moved and repaired furniture, organized, cleaned and painted donated items. repairing and moving furniture. Also organized, cleaned, and painted donated items.

Habitat in El Paso was established in 1989.  It has since built over 60 homes, rehabilitated 18 houses, and is makes repairs to many more that have placed eligible low-income families in our homeowner program…the key to breaking the cycle of poverty for many.

Bean-bag toss at Tombaugh Elementary!

White Sands FCU staff Amanda Montoya, Elizabeth Duran, Salina Grijalva and Hank Parra at the fall festival.

White Sands FCU staff were pleased to participate in the Taumbaugh Elementary School Fall Festival on Friday, October 12 in Las Cruces.  The staff set up a bean-bag toss game for the children attending the festival, and all participants received a bag of Halloween candy and toys.

Credit union employees give back!

Rosanna Gamboa (l) and Stephanie Martinez (r) present a $500 check to Eliana Aubin of Desert Haven.

WSFCU Representatives Rosanna Gamboa and Stephanie Martinez present Eliana Aubin with a $500 check.

On September 11, White Sands Federal Credit Union presented Desert Haven Animal Refuge President Eliana Aubin with a $500 check.   The donation was made possible by the credit union’s Do A Good Deed program, in which credit union employees donate money to various community assistance organizations.

Desert Haven Animal Refuge is operated by The Sierra County Humane Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the welfare of animals and governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Desert Haven Animal Refuge opened its doors in December 2001 to homeless, neglected, handicapped and unwanted domestic animals of Sierra County, New Mexico.

Ronald McDonald House Charities receive donation and dinner

White Sands FCU staff presents check to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Andy DesArmier, Norma Calzadillas, Stephanie Martinez, Sharon Sumner, Phillip Fifield, Nancy Pereyra, Xenia Chaparro and JD Espinoza present a RMHC employee (right of Ronald McDonald) with a $500 check.

A Do A Good Deed donation was made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in El Paso on September 27. In addition to a donation of $500, credit union staff prepared a spaghetti dinner for the people staying at the Ronald McDonald House the evening of September 27.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso has provided thousands of families for over 32 years with temporary lodging and support services while their seriously ill children received medical attention in El Paso. The majority of families they serve come from the surrounding areas including West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico.

The Do a Good Deed program is an employee-run community support group. Employees make donations to the Do a Good Deed program through payroll deduction, and an employee committee selects the recipients throughout the year.

White Sands FCU employees serve dinner to residents of RMHC.

WSFCU employees Stephanie Martinez, Norma Calzadilla and JD Espinoza serve meals.

 

White Sands FCU participates in Elephant Days Parade

credit union van in paradeWhite Sands FCU participated in the Elephant Days Parade on Saturday, September 8 at Elephant Butte Lake.  The parade was part of a larger celebration that includes music, vendors and food, a beer garden, and a kiddie adventure park.

In this photo are Stephanie Martinez, Rosanna Gamboa. Breanna Padilla and Danielle Salokangas

Credit union employees donate to Aggie Cupboard food pantry

Aggie Cupboard donation

Meg Long of the Aggie Cupboard (l) with White Sands FCU employees Sharon Sumner (center) and William Jacobs (r)

On August 22, White Sands Federal Credit Union presented the Aggie Cupboard on the New Mexico State University campus with a donation of $1,000.  The donation was made possible by the credit union’s Do A Good Deed program, in which credit union employees donate money to various community assistance organizations. The Aggie Cupboard is a food pantry that distributes non-perishable food for free to New Mexico State University and Dona Ana Community Colleg students, staff and faculty that are experiencing any sort of food insecurity.  It is located at 906 Gregg St on the NMSU campus.

Program specialist Meg Long explained that students, faculty and staff only need to show their NMSU identification to receive a bag of food as often as once a week. The food pantry is open on Tuesdays from 11 am to 1:30 pm and on Thursdays from 3 pm to 6pm.  Non-perishable donations can be dropped off on Tuesdays from 9:30 – 11 am and on Thursdays from 1 – 3 pm.

More information about the Aggie Cupboard can be found at aggiecupboard.nmsu.edu or by calling 575-646-7636.

Six area teachers benefit from big school supply drive

August 2018 - The Las Cruces branches held a school supply drive over the past few weeks, with the idea of donating the supplies to an area teacher. Members and employees were able to nominate their favorite teacher to be the recipient of the supplies. The drive was so successful that enough supplies were donated to supply six teachers. Also collected was over $600 in monetary donations, which was used to buy even more supplies. The following teachers were recipients of the supplies:
Ms. Robey from Columbia Elementary

  • Mrs. Cooke from Tombaugh Elementary
  • Mr.Arzaplao from Central Elementary
  • Mr. Vickrey from Fairacres Elementary
  • Ms. Chavarria from Cesar Chavez Elementary
  • Mrs. Amaro from Highland Elementary

WSFCU sponsored balloonWhite Sands FCU sponsors Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

White Sands FCU was one of the sponsors of the 38th Annual Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta on August 25 & 26. The event took place on Lions Beach at Elephant Butte lake, and brings an influx of tourists from all over the surrounding area.

CEO William Jacobs visits Mesilla Park Elementary School

CEO William Jacobs speaking to children at Mesilla Park Elementary SchoolOn July 16, CEO William Jacobs visited Mesilla Park Elementary School and spoke to kindergarten through third-grade children attending a summer program. He explained the basics of money, and gave a history and the meaning of every symbol on the $1 bill.  Each child in turn, received a $1 bill to keep as a souvenir.

 

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