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Volunteers in Action

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Volunteer Spotlight

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

This month, we honor Melissa Ames, a volunteer with the Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT) of the Victim’s Assistance Unit with the Las Cruces Police Department. Melissa and the other CIRT volunteers are specially trained volunteers who go through 40 hours of initial training, with additional monthly trainings thereafter, to know how to respond to victims in crisis. CIRT Volunteers are on-call one to two weekends per month to help respond to varying situations such as domestic violence calls, sexual assault, or other instances where victims can use an extra person to rely on in such a stressful time. Melissa, who has been a volunteer with the program for five years, enjoys her experience. “It allows me to give back to my community and my local police department, and I really do find a sense of purpose in being there for victims and families at one of their lowest parts of their life,” says Melissa.

Read more about Melissa and the CIRT program as well as other Network Volunteer Center news by clicking here.

Annual Report

Take a look at our Annual Report, showcasing some of our Network Volunteer Center statistics as well as some of our accomplishments during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Upcoming Network Volunteer Center Events

Take a look at some of our upcoming volunteer events by clicking on our calendar or reading the notices below!

  • New Food Distribution sites starting in September
  • Mariachi Conference needs volunteers
  • Storytelling Project with NMSU Theater Department

Interested in 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 contact Ryan Steinmetz, Volunteer Coordinator at or 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

What do our volunteers say about their volunteer experience?

Nivedita Pai

Quote about Nita’s volunteer work with both the Community Gardeners & quiltera

Frances Gonzales

Quote about Frances’ volunteer work with Volunteer Fair and Human Resources.

Israel Riviere

Quote about Israel’s involvement with the Volunteer Fair and Mini Peace Camp!