La Vida Felicidad receives grant

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Los Lunas La Vida Felicidad was awarded a $20,000 grant for being an outstanding nonprofit organization.

The grant is through the Daniels Fund, a funding program founded by Bill Daniels to support nonprofit organizations in the areas of alcoholism and substance abuse, amateur sports, seniors, people with disabilities, early childhood education, K-12 education reform, ethics and integrity in education, the homeless and disadvantaged, and youth development in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Bill Fowler, senior vice president of the Daniel Fund, said he is grateful La Vida Felicidad has made a difference in the lives of so many deserving individuals.

La Vida Felicidad’s mission is to support quality of life for individuals, families, adults and seniors through advocacy and services in collaboration with community and partnerships.

The organization plans to use the money in its early intervention program for families with children who have developmental disabilities or delays, said Adria Duran, co-manager of early childhood services.

“This money is really going to allow our team to reach for that next level,” Duran said. “So, we’re very excited about it and our staff is excited. We’re happy to be able to do more for families in Valencia County.”

Half of the $20,000 will be used for educational support and supplies, she said.

Special feeding equipment is particularly in demand, and items such as vibrating teethers and nook toothbrushes to help develop a child’s oral muscles. Other supplies for young children with disabilities or delays and their families include early literacy books and other tools for parents.

“A grant like this actually lets us purchase these items and share them with families,” Duran said.

The other $10,000 will be used for training and development of the early intervention staff.

There is so much new research available and training available to keep our staff up to date to better provide for families and their children, she said.

“We’ve been really excited about it,” Duran said. “It’s a really great opportunity for us to further staff education and training, with really great training.”

The organization was notified of its award at the end of August, and it has already received the funding.

A total of $156,400 in grants has been awarded by the Daniels Fund to help with ongoing wildfire relief efforts and programs serving youth and the homeless.

Other grant recipients include the American Red Cross in New Mexico to support costs associated with wildfire relief efforts, the Boys & Girls Club in Farmington, the Bridges Project for Education in Taos, Food for Santa Fe, the Fort Sumner Community Development Corporation, and the Four Winds Recovery Center in Farmington.

“These organizations set a high standard for excellence in serving the people of New Mexico,” said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund in a press release. “We are honored to support their efforts to make life better in communities across the state.”


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