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Hunger and Homelessness

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Albuquerque Opportunity Center (AOC)
An emergency shelter and services center for homeless men. The shelter has 74 beds which are used 365 days a year. AOC is more than just a place to sleep as it provides supportive services to help residents move on to stable, more permanent, and affordable housing. AOC staff provide an uplifting, safe environment that enables and empowers each resident to become self-sufficient.

Direct Service:
  • Help with food service during special events: Annual Barbeque (third Saturday in May), Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year
Indirect Service:
  • Maintenance: assist with cleaning and shelter upkeep
  • Spring Yard Clean-up
  • Collection Drives: organize collection drives for men's clothing, toiletries, towels, pillow cases, and blankets. Click here for more details on in-kind donations.
  • Participate in Albuquerque Heading Home - assist on Fridays helping to move furniture into homes; Volunteer to help put together the move-in baskets.
Call or e-mail: David Sisneros, Volunteer Coordinator, 505-344-2323 x106
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Albuquerque Rescue Mission
The Albuquerque Rescue Mission has been able to reach out and serve hundreds of thousands of homeless individuals over the years because of the many skilled and compassionate volunteers that have given their time to help change lives.

Direct Service:
  • Food Server: help serve breakfast or dinner (report at 5:30 a.m. for 6 a.m. breakfast or at 4:30 p.m. to help with 5 p.m. dinner).
  • Tutors
Indirect Service:
  • Office Help
  • Collection Drives: organize collection drives for men's and women's toiletries and clothing
Call or e-mail: Vicki Whitdy, Volunteer Coordinator, 505-346-4673 x222
Web site:

APS Title I Homeless Project
The first goal of the APS Title I Homeless Project was to assure that the approximately 5,000 children and youth identified in Albuquerque in 2009-10 were enrolled in school. However, enrollment alone is not enough. Additional services have been put in place to assure that these students attend school regularly and succeed in school.

Direct Service:
  • Volunteer in After-School Elementary Tutoring Programs: this program is for high school juniors and seniors
    Hours vary: either 2-4 p.m.; 2:30-4:30 p.m.; or 3:30-5:30 p.m.
    Volunteers need to make a commitment to:
    — come once a week for a full semester (our students have so little stability in their lives that it's important that people don't just drop in and out of their lives.
    — get an APS-required background check ($18) prior to starting.
    — attend a one-hour orientation.
Indirect Service:
  • Volunteer in the Store Room at the Title I Homelessness Project Office: A small group of students (5-8_ can make an appointment on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon to fill backpacks, hygiene packs, and food sacks which are given to homeless students.
  • Organize Collection Drives: for school supplies, toiletries (standard sizes), underwear, or food. Program staff will be happy to meet with students or student groups doing the drive and provide brochures and other information to make this meaningful.
Call or e-mail: Katy Braziel, Volunteer Coordinator, 505-256-8239 x2
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Asbury Pie Cafe
The Asbury Cafe has been a part of the New Mexico State Fair for over 40 years selling homemade pies and made to order grill items. The operation is run completely by volunteers. All cafe proceeds benefit the people of Albuquerque, New Mexico, through distribution to local mission projects.

Seasonal Opportunity:
  • Volunteer workers start in July, and will continue to be added through August and September as needed.

    Youth 12 years of age and older can help in several ways, including leading or participating in a pie party.
    Youth ages 12-13 may only work under the direction of a parent or sponsor working the same shift — 1 adult/youth.
    Youth ages 14-16 may work anytime (with parental consent).
    Youth 16 or older are considered adults.
    All Youth under 16 require a completed parental consent form to work, available from the schedule coordinator.

    Youth may NOT operate the cash register or grill, serve pie, use cutting knives, or be put in any position that may jeopardize their safety. No more than 6-7 youth per shift. A small group of individuals get together to collectively make pies. Six to eight people can produce 50 or more pies in an afternoon or evening. Pies are frozen unbaked and prepared the day before use at the cafe. Click here for more details.
Call or e-mail Paul Merritt, Asbury Pie Café General Chairman, 505-821-5292
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Barrett House
Founded in 1985 as an emergency shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness. In 2006-07, the shelter provided 20,739 meals, 6,913 bed nights, and 1,194 hours of case management for 597 women and 145 children. In addition to receiving emergency shelter, each woman works with a case manager to set short and long term goals. Clients receive assistance and information regarding health care, childcare, employment, substance abuse treatment, and mental health care. The state-of-the-art facility offers comfortable beds in semi-private rooms; each woman and child is assigned their own bed, closet and nightstand. There are three family "suites" with attached baths for mothers with three or more children. Two meals are served each day in addition to a sack lunch, and women are provided with toiletries and clothing. Barrett House has a family room, library with computers, laundry facilities, and indoor and outdoor play areas for the children. Barrett House is the entry point for other programs.

Direct Service:
  • Help with play activities with children, such as storytelling, painting, or arts and crafts class
  • Tutor residents
Indirect Service:
  • Make sandwiches, stock groceries, sort clothing and/or donations
  • Help with grounds maintenance or cleaning
  • Organize collection drives for items such as instant coffee, canned fruit, applesauce, pie filling, paper cups (hot and cold), paper bowls, paper plates, toilet paper, and trash bags. Click here to view a wish list and additional information.
Seasonal Opportunities:
  • Organize holiday parties for children and wrap gifts
Call or e-mail: Michael Gaylor,  505-246-9244 (Office); 505-239-2667 (Cell phone)
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Family Promise of Albuquerque
Helps communities to unite to provide shelter, meals, and compassionate assistance to those experiencing homelessness. Families use a day center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to shower, laundry, care for pre-school aged children, and search for employment. Some guests are employed during the day and go to work; children go to school during the school year. The center provides guests with a mailing address and a home base to conduct employment and housing searches.

Indirect Service:
  • Advocacy: learn about family homelessness and take the information back to youth or student groups to raise awareness around this issue.
  • Collection Drives: organize drives for necessities such as toothbrushes, laundry soap, after school snacks, socks, etc.
  • Grounds Maintenance: organize a group project day and help with painting and cleaning
Seasonal Events:
  • Annual Spring Yard Sale: help with donations, pricing, and selling
Call or e-mail: Jennifer Broderick, LMSW, 505-268-0331
Web site:

Joy Junction
New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, providing emergency food, shelter, and counseling for homeless and abused women and homeless families in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Volunteer Orientation every Saturday, 10:30 a.m. — tour Joy Junction and help serve lunch to residents.

Direct Service:
  • Kids serving kids: come and help any day, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Spend time playing and interacting with children at Joy Junction (join in with basketball and other games, help with arts and crafts activities, help with homework, etc.)
  • Help serve meals: come any day, and help serve lunch at noon, or dinner at 5 p.m. (You only need call and arrange these visits if bringing groups larger than 5 persons, or if volunteering during the busy holiday season.)
  • Organize a group project day: bring a group of volunteers to help with a specific project (e.g. help children make Valentine's Day cards for school classmates, help with facilities clean-up and maintenance, etc.)
Call or e-mail: Lisa Woodword, Volunteer Coordinator, 505-463-4818
Web site:
Facebook: (note links with list and volunteer interest form)

Meals on Wheels, Albuquerque
Meals on Wheels has close to 400 volunteers who staff four different sites in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, participate in fundraising activities, work in the kitchen and office, and/or deliver meals to the homebound and provide social interaction to meal recipients.

Indirect Service:
  • Package Food: spend a few hours, one day a week, matching up menus to meal sacks and lids, and labeling packages. There is also the Meals on Wheels Pet Program that needs monthly help packaging food for the pets of those participating in the program.
Call or e-mail: Pam Webb, 505-823-8061
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New Mexico Appleseed
Solves problems affecting the daily lives of New Mexico residents through programs that expand access to legal, economic, and social opportunities. Working with volunteer attorneys, business leaders, government and grassroots advocates, New Mexico Appleseed identifies critical issues, conducts thorough research, and advocates for effective solutions. New Mexico Appleseed organizes innovative public-private partnerships, publishes legal and policy strategies, and acts as a non-partisan, independent voice for reform.

Indirect Service:
  • Assist with research, writing, and database entry.
Call or e-mail: Jennifer Ramo, Executive Director, 505-903-3086

Noon Day Ministries
Open Tuesday through Friday each week providing a host of services to the homeless and the near-homeless.

Direct Service:
  • Help serve meals: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Seasonal Events:
  • Help with annual Christmas Party
Indirect Service:
  • Help put together disposable utensil kits
  • Sort clothing for distribution
  • Help with facility maintenance and cleaning
  • Organize collection drives: help collect supplies for the backpack program in early fall; collect notebooks, pens, and school supplies for clients trying to finish their education at the local community college; collect durable adult clothing (blue jeans, black trousers, white shirts, coats, and warm clothing).
Call or e-mail: Danny Whatley, Director, 505-246-8001
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Project Share Inc.
Project Share's concept was developed in the early 1980s by a restaurant owner who discovered a homeless person searching through the restaurant's dumpsters for something to eat. The restaurant owner began serving meals to homeless people once a week. Gloria Blood founded Project Share, Inc. in 1984 and made it into the formal non-profit meal site it is today. In October, 2006 Project Share raised money and purchased the building at 1515 Yale SE which is used to house the program and where hot meals are served 6 nights per week (closed Wednesdays; and also closed from December 25 through January 2).

Youth volunteer guidelines: No one under the age of 10 years may handle or service food without a direct guardian who will be with them every step of the way to ensure safety and hygiene are constantly maintained.

Direct Service:
  • Help provide dinner at Project Share. Project Share has a full kitchen on site for you to use or you may choose to prepare the meal off site and transport it to Project Share at meal time. Staff can assist with food purchasing and volume recipes.
  • Clean up after the meal service
Indirect Service:
  • Organize Funding Drives for non-perishable food items, clothing, books, personal items, and office supplies.
Call or e-mail: Jim Clymer, Volunteer Coordinator, 505-242-5677
Web site:

Rio Grande Food Project
The twenty year old non-profit's mission is to feed hungry New Mexicans. Last year the Food Project served 206 tons of food to 25,000 hungry children, youth, adults and elderly. The pantry draws people from across the metro area and beyond.

Call or e-mail: Volunteer Coordinator, 505-831-3778
Web site:

Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico
Serving New Mexico's hungry since 1980, is the leader in creating solutions to end hunger in New Mexico. Since its inception thirty years ago, Roadrunner Food Bank has distributed more than 200 million pounds of food — that's more than 6,000 transfer truckloads of food! Roadrunner Food Bank solicits, collects, and transports over 22 million pounds of food yearly. Volunteers help sort, package and box all the donated food. Last year, over 4,500 unduplicated volunteers provided more than 25,000 hours of assistance.

Volunteer weekdays 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Please download and read these specific volunteer policies.

Indirect Service:
Daily Warehouse Volunteer
    : re-packing food, sorting canned and dry goods, packing boxes for distribution, sorting produce, helping with warehouse maintenance, or other activities as needed.
  • Special Holiday Volunteer: each year, Roadrunner Food Bank sponsors several events to gather food, educate the public, and to raise money. Some are very special annual events like the popular Super Bowl fundraising event. Other events include various annual and one-time food drives that help to replenish supplies of canned foods and dry goods. Other events may be held off-site by other organizations for the Food Bank. There are also working events like food sorting and special volunteer days.
Call or e-mail: Matt Sanderson, Volunteer Coordinator/Events, 505-349-8825
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St. Martin's Hospitality Center
Serving the Albuquerque community for over 25 years by assisting the homeless. Programs include: shelter services (meals, mail/phone service, showers, clothing, and advocacy services), behavioral health services (mental health and substance abuse services), job development, housing assistance, and various other programs designed to help individuals and families out of homelessness.

Direct Service:
  • Shelter Service: help serve food in the shelters, Monday-Friday and Sunday mornings, 8-10 a.m.
Indirect Service:
  • Administrative Tasks: help with filing, stuffing envelopes, and other office duties
  • Collection Drives: organize drives to collect items like clothing, blankets, toiletries, and socks
  • Special Events: help at a fundraising event
  • Special Projects: help with general projects throughout the year like painting and general maintenance
Call or e-mail: Sarah Lindblom, 505-242-4399 ext 253
Web site:

The Storehouse
Nationally recognized as one of the most progressive, successful, and largest food pantries in the country. In 2008, The Storehouse provided 3,161,000 meals to the hungry of New Mexico.

Volunteers 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult; groups must schedule visits 4-6 weeks in advance.

Direct Service:
  • Help with food packaging: break down the raw materials (e.g. beans, rice) into two-pound bags for distribution
  • Help stock the shelves
  • General warehouse cleaning
  • Assist customers in the Food Court
Call or e-mail Carol Bafus, 505-842-6491
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6400 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109-3899 ph: 505-828-3200