Nusenda Foundation awarded 104 recipients a total of $630,000 in grant funds for programs across New Mexico. Three program recipients are in Socorro: Puerto Seguro Inc, Socorro Consolidated School and New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series (NMPAS) and were awarded a combined $12,773.

NMPAS, which brings live musical, dance and theatrical performances to Socorro, received $4,500. Puerto Seguro Inc., which provides resources like shower facilities, clothing and food to people experiencing homelessness or poverty in Socorro, received $4,273.

Socorro Consolidated Schools received $4,000 for the Warrior Wellness Program. The funds will help support school staff throughout the school year. The programs include teach and staff member of the year, Warrior Wednesdays where staff are recognized on social media and celebrations during staff appreciation week. Funds will also be used to honor staff contributions, support celebrations for more employees and provide food and incentives to educators.

“Each year we look forward to learning about the programs and organizations that are working to transform New Mexico” said Joe Christian, President and CEO at Nusenda Credit Union. “We are pleased to provide so many programs with financial support and continue our commitment to building long-lasting relationships with organizations that are also focused on making a positive difference.”

Sara Keller, Nusenda’s vice president of Community Engagement and executive director of Nusenda Foundation, remarked, “Relationships are at the heart of our community work. Beyond putting Community Rewards grants into action, Nusenda supports partner organizations through financial education, sponsorships, volunteer projects, digital resources to improve financial well-being, and more.”

The funding of this annual grant program is made possible through the financial partnership between Nusenda Credit Union and its members. When members make ten or more signature-based transactions with their Nusenda Visa® debit cards each month, they earn cash back and support Community Rewards grants. Members designate their support geographically and to one of five areas: education, healthcare, environment and wildlife, the arts, and community service.

Grants go to local organizations and nonprofits.

Correction: The three Socorro organizations received a combined $12,773 not $16,630. The award for New Mexico Tech specifically went to the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series.