The Foundation participates in a statewide coalition that focuses on early childcare in New Mexico. On a weekly call with Elizabeth Groginsky, New Mexico’s first Cabinet Secretary for Early Childhood Education, we learned of a statewide survey completed by early childcare centers. Using this survey, the State discovered needs of New Mexico childcare centers and decided to provide diapers, food, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for centers across the State.
The Foundation received a copy of the survey results specific to Lea County needs. Consistent with the rest of the state, the needs ranged from diapers and wipes to PPE and food items. Interestingly, another need stood out in Lea County. Local childcare centers were having trouble obtaining cleaning supplies.
Since cleaning supplies were a known need that would not be provided by the State, the Foundation decided to search for ways to make them available. By the end of the day, the Foundation approved a grant to Salvation Army of Hobbs to purchase, store, and distribute the cleaning supplies to childcare providers across Lea County. Together with our community partners, we were able to fill an important gap for a very grateful Lea County group in need.
It is important to take care of our neighbors. Sometimes that means providing basic needs when times are hard. By listening to our partners, understanding available resources, and connecting the community, the JF Maddox Foundation can make an intentional impact that creates opportunity for everyone in Lea County.