Talpa Community Center, Embudo library benefit from state grants

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The Talpa Community Center and the Embudo Valley Library were among grant recipients from the New Mexico Children's Foundation.

The 2017-18 grants were announced recently by Gary King, president of the foundation. They were among 39 organizations funded as part of the foundation's 25th anniversary celebration. These nonprofits are community-based organizations with budgets of $300,000 or less.

Talpa Community Center has been awarded a $1,500 grant to provide the Summer Reading Program to improve the reading skills and parent engagement strategies to include the use of the children's computers and checking out books to read at home from the library. There will be an ice cream party at the end of the program as the children pick up their gifts and certificates.

Embudo Valley Library has been awarded a $2,000 grant for the "Build a Better World Together" summer reading program, which serves 70 children and their families. New Mexico Children's Foundation has been a long-term supporter of youth literacy programs at Embudo Valley Library, helping the library to provide year-round educational enrichment for area youth.

Former New Mexico first lady Alice King founded the New Mexico Children's Foundation in 1992 as a statewide grant-making organization. The foundation has given more than $1.5 million to 160 organizations throughout New Mexico in its 25 years. Her son, Gary King, was elected to serve as president of the board beginning July 1. He continues in the family tradition of working to improve the lives of New Mexico's children and families.

New Mexico Children's Foundation is a grassroots organization that funds small nonprofit children's organizations throughout New Mexico. A group can be a startup with a strong mission or a growing organization with a special needs program. Organizations served through the foundation's funding come in all shapes and sizes.

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