Volunteers in Action

Volunteer Spotlight

Each month we highlight a volunteer individual or group that has made a significant impact on our city programs.

Olga Rodriguez is a volunteer at the MunsonOlga Rodriguez Center. She started volunteering for the City of Las Cruces at the beginning of 2019. Olga uses her time to facilitate guitar lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays. As a longtime resident in New Mexico, Olga spent most of her time in her occupation as an educator in the Silver City School Districts. Olga was an instructor of a youth's Ballet Folklorico as well as presenting several workshops on how "Using Music in the Classroom Enhanced Language” at the National Association for Bilingual Teachers in Albuquerque. Olga is the recipient of the 1995 KOAT-TV New Mexico Top Teacher Award.

Volunteers can sign up to work with youth programs by completing a volunteer application (PDF). For more information about these programs and other volunteer opportunities, call 575/528-3035.

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Current Network Volunteer Center Opportunities

Codes Enforcement -
      Priority Need! Golden Shield Yard Assistance program to help seniors in need.
      New!—Survey Volunteer—Helping to get feedback from Golden Shield Yard Assistance participants
Juvenile Citation Program—Office Volunteers and tutors/mentors are needed for this important program working with youth in our community.  
Railroad Museum—Volunteers are needed to cover front desk duties on Thursday mornings, and Saturdays (both AM and PM Shifts).
Museum of Nature and Science—Looking for new volunteers, especially on Saturdays
Museum of Art—Volunteer models needed.  Volunteers are needed to sit for portraits for art classes—(Don’t worry, you can keep your clothes on!)
Las Cruces Airport—NEW!!
      Office Assistant—The Las Cruces Airport is looking for some organized volunteers to help at the Las Cruces airport offices.
Senior Programs: General
      NEW!—Blood Pressure Volunteers—Calling all former RN’s or CNA’s stat!  We need help providing blood pressure checks to   seniors at all the senior centers.  Schedule varies, but aligns with the food distribution schedule.
  Gardeners—The Munson Center Community Garden is in need of new volunteers!  We meet once a month for meetings and of course spend a lot of time in the garden.  Don’t know much about gardens?  That’s ok, we’ll teach ya!
  Mosaics Instructor—Needed for the Munson Center
Senior Programs: Nutrition and Meals
     Dining Room Aides are needed at Sage Café, particularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays
     NEW! Café Worker—Needed at both Sage Café and Eastside Centers.
     Meals on Wheels Respite Driver—Volunteers are needed to help with the meals on wheels route.  Must have a good driving record and attend a driver’s training.  Looking for coverage on Thursdays and Fridays
     Food 4 Paws project is looking for another driver as well as a volunteer to help with community distribution on Wednesdays!
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library
     Shelf-cleaning Crew—Volunteers are needed for cleaning books and shelves at the library on a continuous basis.  A variety of shifts available.
After-School Programs, Juvenile Citation Program, and Weed and Seed
     Tutor/Activity Support—Working on tutoring and other programming with area youth through Weed and Seed , especially needed for summer hours.
     Mentor—Working one-on-one with a youth matched with you through the Weed and Seed program
Network Volunteer Center
     Social Media Outreach Volunteers—Volunteers are needed to help with social media presence for the Network and Senior Programs.
Food Distributions
     Volunteers are needed to help with the food distributions at all five centers.  See following for monthly schedule:
  1st Monday—Sage Café           4th Monday—Eastside Center
  1st Thursday—Papen Center    4th Wednesday—Munson Center
  1st Friday—Benavidez Center

Requesting a Network Volunteer

Network Volunteers are mainly placed with city-sponsored programs. City Departments are encouraged to fill out the Volunteer Request Form and email it to mgarcia@las-cruces.org or call 575-528-3085 to coordinate your volunteer needs. The Network Volunteer Center does partner with outside organizations on a very limited basis. You are welcome to inquire with the Volunteer Coordinator regarding our capacity to set up that partnership