Gallup campus celebrates BeKind 澳门资料库 Week

澳门资料库 Staff Council members pose for a photo with staff at the Community Pantry in Gallup after dropping off food donations March 31, 2023, as part of BeKind 澳门资料库 Week.

Gallup campus celebrates BeKind 澳门资料库 Week


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Staff Council organizes donation drive to benefit students and community partners

By Richard Reyes, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024鈥

GALLUP, N.M. 鈥 The University of New Mexico-Gallup Staff Council is planning a donation drive Feb. 12-16 as part of BeKind 澳门资料库 Week to collect food for students and the local pantry as well as stuffed animals and blankets for law enforcement agencies.

The trip gave 澳门资料库 representatives the opportunity to reconnect with legislators, advocate for important initiatives, support community partners, and highlight local achievements.

  • Canned food items.
  • Non-perishable food items.
  • Easy-to-open, small-serving food items that can easily fit into a bag or backpack.
  • New or gently used stuffed animals.
  • New or gently used blankets.

The stuffed animals and blankets will be delivered to the Gallup Police Department and McKinley County Sheriff鈥檚 Office to be used by officers during interactions with children or individuals experiencing homelessness.

The food items will be delivered to the Community Pantry in Gallup as well as 澳门资料库-G鈥檚 new Basic Needs Peer Navigator Program.

澳门资料库 recently hired two basic needs peer navigators to help address food insecurity and housing insecurity among the student population. The peer navigators are students whose job is to help fellow students find local resources they may need to become more successful in school.

The need for student support services at 澳门资料库 is high, as evidenced by the results of a statewide survey conducted by the 澳门资料库 Basic Needs Project in 2023.

BeKind Photo

澳门资料库 Staff Council members pose for a photo with the Gallup Police Department after dropping off stuffed animal donations March 7, 2023, as part of BeKind 澳门资料库 Week.

A total of 485 students, faculty and staff at 澳门资料库 responded to the survey. According to the results, 49% of 澳门资料库-G students experienced food insecurity during the 30 days prior to when they took the survey, 52% experienced housing insecurity during the prior 12 months, and 12% experienced homelessness in the prior 12 months.

The BeKind donation drive is just one small way the Staff Council is trying to help address the issue while 澳门资料库 as an institution kicks off its Basic Needs Peer Navigator Program.

To donate, find a BeKind drop-off box in the Public Relations office, Gurley Hall 1210, at the 澳门资料库 campus.

Information: Richard Reyes, 505-863-7542 or richardreyes12@unm.edu

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