Donations to the Emergency Project
Top priority: One hundred percent (100%) of private donations and grant funds are disbursed to people in critical financial need.
Making your donation via Paypal is the simplest method to ensure that you have an immediate record and receipt for tax purposes.“We so appreciate your financial support!” – Board of Directors
The Emergency Project is operated wholly by volunteers with zero overhead. For its first Twenty years, community activist Liz Canfield operated the project as a volunteer from her home. Today, two volunteers oversee the project: Steve Ridlon, Director since October 2008, plus a rotating Common Bond board member.
Where the Money Goes (Examples)
● You are 76 years old and living in a very rural community. Propane is the only source of heat in your home and lack of payment could result in a medical emergency.
● You are 67 and have been unable to work since having a heart attack followed by a stroke. You now need assistance to pay the bill for recent cataract surgery.
● You are 65, living on fixed income and unable to afford new eye glasses. You recently broke the frame and cracked one of the lenses of the glasses you’ve had for more than three years.
● You are 60. Your service animal has cancer and needs a $400 surgery leaving insufficient funds for utility bills.
● You are 58 and have had your wallet stolen in a store. The costs related to replacing your documents has made it difficult to pay your next month’s rent.
● You are 55, living on a fixed income and have fallen prey to a predatory lender. You are struggling to avoid eviction and having your basic utilities cut off.
● At 44, you have had a medical emergency resulting in multiple ER visits and follow-up appointments. You need help with your electricity bill so you’ll be able to continue to cook and have heat in your home.
● At 36, you are the sole provider for an extended family of nine and finding it difficult to pay rent.
● You are 28, in your first trimester of pregnancy and living in an extended stay hotel with your young child. You are unable to work and have applied for other benefits, but you need help in obtaining stable housing.
The Emergency Project primarily serves Albuquerque and Santa Fe, but also other New Mexico cities and rural communities. During 2018, clients included those in Abiquiu, Alamo, Anthony, Bayard, Belen, Chaparral, Chimayo, Columbus, Cuarteles, Edgewood, Farmington, Elephant Butte, Galisteo, Gallup, Grants, Laguna, Las Cruces, Los Lunas, Maxwell, Mountainair, Pecos, Nogal, Rio Communities, Rio Rancho, Socorro, Sunland Park, Taos, Tijeras, Tularosa and Veguita.
Partners and Donors
Case Managers coordinate all requests for financial assistance. Key partners include:
● University of New Mexico Truman Health Services, Albuquerque
● Southwest CARE Center, Santa Fe and Albuquerque
● First Nations Community HealthSource, Albuquerque
● Community Collaborative Care, Las Cruces
● Alianza of New Mexico, Roswell
Last year, the Emergency Project received a $22,500 grant from the New Mexico Department of Health, a $5,000 grant from Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, plus a total of $8,903 in private donations.
The Emergency Project was established during the “plague years” of the early AIDS crisis when an HIV diagnosis invariably led to premature death. Thirty years ago, clients were primarily gay and bisexual men living in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Over the years, the client base has evolved along with the changing face of HIV. During 2018, clients ranged from minors age 6 to seniors age 76.