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Mayor Tim Keller and First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller Invite Albuquerque to Take the One ABQ Challenge

The citywide service challenge will celebrate organizations that are working to make a difference in their communities and across the city and encourage everyone to get involved.

August 1, 2018

Mayor Tim Keller and First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller invited Albuquerque residents to take the One ABQ Challenge, which will last through the month of August. The citywide service challenge will celebrate organizations that are working to make a difference in their communities and across the city and encourage everyone to get involved. The aim is to excite and inspire volunteers of all ages and raise awareness about organizations doing amazing work and are in need of volunteers and resources, year-round. This year’s challenge theme is Connecting Youth and Elders

“As a city we rise and fall together, and this year we want people to rise to the challenge,” said First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller. “It’s amazing to see community organizations, neighborhoods and families embrace the theme of this year’s challenge and find creative ways to connect youth and elders in our community and celebrate the organizations that do this work year-round.”

At the kick-off event on Civic Plaza Mayor Keller awarded Bosque Heating and Cooling a One Albuquerque award for demonstrating the spirit of challenge theme by helping a 92-year-old woman with a busted pipe when it was too expensive for her to fix.

“Bosque Heating and Cooling showed us the spirit of this challenge by connecting with a 92-year-old woman who needed a hand and volunteered their service, and we’re challenging the whole city to do the same,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “The One ABQ Challenge is about inspiring everyone in our community to come together in the spirt of service and celebrate what makes us One Albuquerque.”

The One ABQ Challenge is part of Mayor Keller’s goal to turn government inside out and get the community involved in solving some of the City’s toughest challenges while promoting the things that make Albuquerque special. The challenge seeks to engage the entire community in service by encouraging everyone to either organize a project, inform and get others to get involved, contribute to organizations who are working to connect youth and elders, or join the celebration of service on August 12th to recognize the contributions service organizations make to the city and learn more about how to get involved in the challenge.

Everyone is encouraged to visit cabq.gov/service to learn more about the One ABQ Challenge and join a project.