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The Organizations We Donate To

Links aand info about organizations that Friends Meeting supports through "Good Works".

IMYM (Intermountain Yearly Meeting) assessment
Intermountain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is comprised of unprogrammed Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, South Dakota and northwest Texas.
Broader Quaker Concerns:

American Friends Service Committee
AFSC Mission Statement
The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine. We recognize that the leadings of the Spirit and the principles of truth found through Friends' experience and practice are not the exclusive possession of any group. Thus, the AFSC draws into its work people of many faiths and backgrounds who share the values that animate its life and who bring to it a rich variety of experiences and spiritual insights. This AFSC community works to transform conditions and relationships both in the world and in ourselves, which threaten to overwhelm what is precious in human beings. We nurture the faith that conflicts can be resolved nonviolently, that enmity can be transformed into friendship, strife into cooperation, poverty into well-being, and injustice into dignity and participation. We believe that ultimately goodness can prevail over evil, and oppression in all its many forms can give way.
AFSC Values
We cherish the belief that there is that of God in each person, leading us to respect the worth and dignity of all. We are guided and empowered by the Spirit in following the radical thrust of the early Christian witness. From these beliefs flow the core understandings that form the spiritual framework of our organization and guide its work. We regard no person as our enemy. While we often oppose specific actions and abuses of power, we seek to address the goodness and truth in each individual. We assert the transforming power of love and nonviolence as a challenge to injustice and violence and as a force for reconciliation. We seek and trust the power of the Spirit to guide the individual and collective search for truth and practical action.
We accept our understandings of truth as incomplete and have faith that new perceptions of truth will continue to be revealed both to us and to others.
We seek to understand and address the root causes of poverty, injustice, and war. We hope to act with courage and vision in taking initiatives that may not be popular. We are called to confront, nonviolently, powerful institutions of violence, evil, oppression, and injustice. Such actions may engage us in creative tumult and tension in the process of basic change. We seek opportunities to help reconcile enemies and to facilitate a peaceful and just resolution of conflict.
We work to relieve and prevent suffering through both immediate aid and long-term development and seek to serve the needs of people on all sides of violent strife. We ground our work at the community level both at home and abroad in partnership with those who suffer the conditions we seek to change and informed by their strength and vision. We work with all people, the poor and the materially comfortable, the disenfranchised and the powerful in pursuit of justice. We encourage collaboration in social transformation towards a society that recognizes the dignity of each person. We believe that the Spirit can move among all these groups, making great change possible. Seeking to transform the institutions of society, we are ourselves transformed in the process. As we work in the world around us, our awareness grows that the AFSC's own organizational life must change to reflect the same goals we urge others to achieve. We find in our life of service a great adventure. We are committed to this Spirit-led journey, undertaken "to see what love can do," and we are ever renewed by it.
Friends Committee on National Legislation
We seek a world free of war and the threat of war. We seek a society with equity and justice for all. We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled. We seek an earth restored. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL staff and volunteers work with a nationwide network of tens of thousands of people from many different races, religions, and cultures to advocate social and economic justice, peace, and good government. FCNL is nonpartisan. FCNL is also the oldest registered ecumenical lobby in Washington, DC. The organization's legislative priorities and policies are set by a General Committee made up of some 220 Quakers from around the country. FCNL's multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues which the United States government is or should be addressing. FCNL is a nonpartisan 501(c)4 public interest lobby. It is neither a political action committee (PAC) nor a special interest lobby. The FCNL Education Fund is a parallel 501(c)3 organization that supports the research, analysis and education for which FCNL is known and respected.
Friends World Committee for Consultation: Section of the Americas
Mission: Answering God's call to universal love, FWCC brings Friends of varying traditions and cultural experiences together in worship, communications and consultation, to express our common heritage and our Quaker message to the world. The purpose of the Friends World Committee for Consultation is to encourage fellowship among all the branches of the Religious Society of Friends. In the Americas, the Quaker community extends from the Arctic to the Andes, spanning a rich diversity of regional cultures, beliefs and styles of worship. FWCC Section of the Americas offers programs that unite Friends across the hemisphere through Spirit-led fellowship. In 1937, after years of concerned work to reconnect a fragmented Quaker world, the Second World Conference of Friends created the FWCC "to act in a consultative capacity to promote better understanding among Friends the world over." Today, Friends from yearly meetings and groups in 56 nations continue this work. Around the world there are four cooperating, autonomous FWCC Sections serving Africa, the Americas, Asia & the West Pacific, and Europe & the Middle East. FWCC's World Office is in London.
Friends Peace Teams
Friends Peace Teams is a Spirit-led organization working around the world to develop long-term relationships with communities in conflict to create programs for peacebuilding, healing and reconciliation.
FPT’s programs build on extensive Quaker experience combining practical and spiritual aspects of conflict resolution. The purpose of Friends Peace Teams is to invite, challenge, and empower individual Friends and Friends churches and meetings to participate in Spirit-led peace team work locally and internationally. Peace Teams are groups of people working together in places and times of conflict for reconciliation, justice, and the promotion of nonviolence. Friends Peace Teams organizes peace teams, promotes participation in peace teams among Friends, and helps local Friends meetings and Friends churches engage in peace work It distributes printed materials, carries out publicity work, raises funds, make presentations; and organize training sessions, conferences and workshops.
Pendle Hill
Mission statement: Pendle Hill is a center of God's work in transforming the world. Pendle Hill nurtures the life and witness of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) through worship, work, study and service. We welcome those of all spiritual paths.
Quaker Earthcare Witness
QUAKER EARTHCARE WITNESS is a spiritually-centered organization of American Quakers and like-minded people seeking ways to integrate their concern for environment with Friends' long-standing testimonies for simplicity, peace, and equality. Together we can prevent further irreversible damage to the natural world, God's creation, through informed, spirit-led action on all ecological issues: pollution, toxic wastes, conservation, recycling, energy use, global warming, loss of species and habitats, loss of arable lands, population pressures, and eco-justice. QUAKER EARTHCARE WITNESS encourages Friends to explore the spiritual roots of humanity's relationship to the earth. We seek a transformation in attitudes toward the Earth and all living beings. As time is limited to prevent further irreversible damage, we support informed, spirit-led action on all environmental issues: pollution, toxic wastes, conservation, recycling, energy use, global warming, loss of species and habitats, loss of arable lands, and population pressures. QEW staff and supporters lead workshops, give talks, and staff the Earthcare Center at FGC Gatherings. We also have a presence at many Yearly Meeting sessions.
Quaker United Nations Office
The QUNO offices in New York and Geneva serve as a Quaker presence at the United Nations, representing Friends concerns at the international level. Under the auspices of the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), the Quaker United Nations Offices build contacts with government missions and UN staff, attend relevant UN meetings, collaborate with other non-governmental organizations, and makes oral and written presentations to UN meetings when called upon. FWCC, which links Friends around the world, has had consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council as an international non-governmental organization since 1948.
Right Sharing of World Resources
Right Sharing of World Resources is a program of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) supporting grassroots projects for economic development and offering educational materials for the study of the lives of the poor, the lives of the rich, and the spiritual meaning of both.
Local community Needs:

Adelante/Santa Fe Public Schools Program for Homeless Youth
The Adelante Program connects homeless students and their families to community resources. Students identified as homeless receive tutoring; family meals with communication strengthening activities; General Equivalency Degree (GED)and English as Second Language (ESL) training for students and parents; parenting classes; and service learning. They also receive referrals to case management, including easy access to food, clothing, school supplies, mental health services, immigrant family resources and shelter information.
Alternatives to Violence
To empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust. Founded in and developed from the real life experiences of prisoners and others, and building on a spiritual base, AVP encourages every person's innate power to positively transform themselves and the world. AVP/USA is an association of community based groups and prison based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth and creative conflict management. The national organization provides support for the work of these local groups. AVP is a nationwide and worldwide association of volunteer groups offering experiential workshops in conflict resolution, responses to violence, and personal growth. AVP is dedicated to reducing the level of violence in our society. Our goal is to reduce the level of violence by introducing people to ways of resolving conflict that reduce their need to resort to violence as the solution. The Alternatives to Violence Project is designed to create successful personal interactions and transform violent situations. We're dedicated to teaching the same non-violent skills and techniques that were used by Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We do our training where violence is found. Our workshops target: Prisons. Communities. Schools.
Bienvenidos Outreach
Mission: To provide food and clothing to those in need. We are dedicated to feeding and clothing the homeless, elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged in any non-political manner which is in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We seek to break the cycle of hunger and poverty by providing food boxes, lunches, clothing and household items to all who seek assistance.
Community Farm
Feeding the hungry has never been more important. Recognizing this, the Farm has stepped up its production and distribution of food to local charities and low-income families.
Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, Inc
Esperanza, of Greater Santa Fe, empowers people to live violence-free lives through protection, prevention, awareness and education. The philosophy of Esperanza is to empower all clients to consistently experience safety, respect, equality, self-determination and compassion. Our priority is to maintain a high level of integrity and respect in our dealings with all clients, community members, organizations and each other. Esperanza inspires our community to engage in a collective and comprehensive commitment to eradicate violence.
Strategic Plan Goals:
PROTECTION: To provide a safe and confidential environment for our clients and staff.
PREVENTION: To reduce the severity and frequency of domestic violence in our community.
EDUCATION: To develop and implement a culturally competent education program for agency staff, board, clients, volunteers and the community.
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: To ensure that Esperanza establishes and maintains its internal and external integrity.
LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC AWARENESS: For Esperanza to be recognized as the model organization that ends violence in families and intimate relationships.
FUNDRAISING: For Esperanza to establish a comprehensive development program that guarantees sufficient funds to realize its mission)
The Food Depot
Across Northern New Mexico there are tens of thousands of people -- children, seniors, veterans, working families -- who find themselves from time to time without enough to eat. The Food Depot does its best to see that they are fed. Our job is to solicit surplus food from a variety of sources and redistribute it to more than a hundred local nonprofit agencies that, in turn, provide it to people in need. The idea is simple. But the numbers are daunting. We are committed, with your help, to using our operating strategies to fulfill our mission.
Who we serve:
The Food Depot serves people in need through 100 nonprofit partner agencies in nine Northern New Mexico counties -- Colfax, Harding, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos, and Union. The agencies we supply include food pantries, congregate feeding programs, homeless programs, youth programs, group homes, senior centers, day care centers and domestic violence shelters. Supplying these agencies reduces, and in many cases, eliminates their need to solicit food donations -- and that enables them to stay focused on their primary services such as life skill development, tutoring and job training and placement. The Food Depot also provides relief to victims of natural and man-made disasters, in conjunction with more than 30 disaster relief agencies in Northern New Mexico. In 2000, for example, we provided more than 1.3 million pounds of food to victims of the Cerro Grande fire. Each month, we distribute an average of 240,000 pounds of food and household products. In 2008, the food we distributed was enough to provide for nearly four million meals. At our warehouse at 1222 Siler Road in Santa Fe, we have the facilities to handle any kind of food item -- dry, canned, refrigerated, frozen or fresh. We welcome donations from the food industry, including growers, food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. And we gladly accept foods gathered through community food drives. Many partner agencies come to our facility to pick up product. We also have a small fleet of trucks we use to deliver regularly to distribution centers in Taos, Espanola, Las Vegas, Mora and Los Alamos to better serve agencies in outlying areas. Because the need is so great and resources are always so scarce, The Food Depot is committed to operating as productively and efficiently as possible. We do our best to minimize the money we spend on administrative overhead. In fact, 95 cents of every dollar goes to feeding people in need, making us one of the most efficient charities around. Another important source of our productivity is the labor our hundreds of volunteers provide. Last year, the over 4,000 hours of service our volunteers contributed saved us over $75,000 in labor costs, enough to provide 300,000 meals. Who benefits most from these efforts? The thousands of people in need we serve across nine Northern New Mexico counties. For every dollar donated to The Food Depot, were able to return $5 in food to the community.
Interfaith Community Shelter
Congregations took a lead role in organizing and providing volunteers for an overflow winter shelter program for women and children in collaboration with St. Elizabeth Shelter in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, the Interfaith Community Shelter was incorporated and acquired a temporary shelter that provided more than 10,000 bed-nights. In 2010 the City purchased the old Pete's Pets at 2801 Cerrillos to provide a more permanent and better equipped facility for the homeless.  More than 45 faith and community groups provide dinners from November 1 to April 30 for the overnight guests.
Interfaith Leadership Alliance
Through a coalition of faith based organizations, we provide clothing and supplies for the homeless and needy at locations throughout the community. The Community Closet at the Interfaith Community Shelterwas developed by a group of concerned clergy to fill a gap in services in Santa Fe. Many homeless and needy youth and adults are not adequately clothed, and Community Closet serves those individuals and families.
La Familia Medical Center
La Familia Medical Center is a community health center providing high quality, comprehensive medical, dental, and health education services with special emphasis on the underserved. These services are affordable and culturally sensitive, and are delivered in a manner respectful of patients’ privacy, rights, and dignity, regardless of their financial resources.
St. Elizabeth Shelter
St. Elizabeth Shelter is a multiple-program organization created in 1986 to address the needs of Santa Fe’s homeless population. Although we take our name from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first U.S. citizen to be canonized, the Shelter organization is not affiliated with any religion or creed and provides its services without discrimination.
We are a non-profit organization, and we receive support from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, as well as from the Santa Fe community at large. We currently run six programs including an emergency shelter, three transitional housing programs for individuals, seniors and families, a biweekly resource center, a companion animal program and a homeless court.
St. Elizabeth Shelter serves homeless individuals and families in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in the surrounding rural counties. St. Elizabeth Shelter is dedicated to helping the homeless live more productive, stable, and satisfying lives. St. Elizabeth Shelter provides emergency shelter, food, case management, counseling, transitional housing and transitional rent support with the goal of helping the homeless obtain stable housing. St. Elizabeth Shelter also operates a limited number of permanent supportive housing units for the formerly homeless who need a supportive environment to remain housed. All services are provided to those in need without discrimination of any kind. St. Elizabeth Shelter is a nonsectarian organization which respects all beliefs.
Solace Crisis Treatment Center ( formerly Santa Fe Rape Crisis)
Solace Crisis Treatment Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary in our community. Our Center provides a safe place to receive evidence-based services including therapy for post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders, victim advocacy and primary prevention programs. Solace changed its name from the Santa Fe Rape Crisis and Trauma Treatment Center in October 2010, to ensure there were no barriers to receiving services. Because of that name change Solace provides more safety and more privacy and confidentiality than ever before. We also received national accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance as a family advocacy center for children and their families in cases of abuse, neglect or the witnessing of violent crime.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido
Somos Un Pueblo Unido was founded in 1995 with the purpose of protecting and expanding immigrants rights in New Mexico. With a membership base of over 1,600 people, we are unique to the state; the only community-based and immigrant-led organization actively committed to preparing immigrant leaders to create institutional change. Because we believe that every person should have the freedom to move in order to pursue a better life, Somos Un Pueblo Unido works to build a community that does not discriminate against people based on their national origin, that institutes humane immigration policies, and that protects the human rights of everyone irrespective of where they are born or what documents they carry.
Villa Therese Catholic Clinic
Low-income families and persons
Children and adults without health insurance or who are underinsured
Those experiencing a temporary gap in insurance coverage
Families in crisis
Affiliated with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Youth Shelters
Youth Shelters is the primary agency in the Santa Fe/northern New Mexico area serving homeless, runaway, and street youth and their families, as well as young people who are at risk of being homeless.
The mission of Youth Shelters is to support young people and families in meeting the critical challenges of family life within a safe and stable environment. YS partners with families to find positive, non-institutional solutions and builds on existing strengths within a framework of dignity, mutual respect, and personal responsibility.
The agency’s goals are to:
Prevent runaway behavior, out-of-home placement, and involvement by at-risk young people in the social services, juvenile justice, or correctional systems, and enable homeless young people who cannot live with their families to develop the necessary skills and resources to live independently.
Provide education, counseling, crisis intervention, and case management services to children, youth and their families who are in crisis or at risk.
Strengthen and preserve the family unit and enhance the ability of families to solve problems and to build on their strengths.

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