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Mayor Tim Keller Launches One ABQ Volunteers

One ABQ Volunteers adds to Mayor’s initiative to turn government inside out.

November 27, 2018

In an effort to turn government inside out, Mayor Tim Keller launched One ABQ Volunteers, a comprehensive initiative that will engage Albuquerque residents to address the challenges the City faces. Coming off the heels of this summer’s successful One ABQ Challenge, One ABQ Volunteers will connect those interested in getting involved with the City to an opportunity that aligns with their skillset and their interests.

“We want to turn government inside out so every person has a role to play in moving our city forward,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “There’s something for everyone – if you’re interested in public safety we have crime data entry; if you care about animals you can foster a pet – we want everyone to be able to find something they’re passionate about and come to the City to help.”

The first phase of Mayor Keller’s efforts to get the whole city involved was Mayor Keller’s and First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller’s One ABQ Challenge which resulted in 109 organizations, businesses, and individuals working together to host 74 service projects across the City. The challenge engaged more than 1,000 volunteers who contributed more than 5,000 hours of service. The theme, Connecting Youth and Elders, brought different generations together as One Albuquerque.

In preparation for the One ABQ Volunteers launch, City departments did an assessment of the needs they had, so that the City could get Albuquerque residents involved in their own government and engaged in finding solutions. A wide range of volunteer opportunities are available including working in community centers; serving as ambassadors at the airport; assisting with beautification projects through the Parks and Recreation Department; providing administrative support to Albuquerque Police Department; and volunteering at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial.

Director of the Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department Dave Simon said, “Albuquerque has some of the most passionate and caring people. We want to get them involved in the work we have to do at the City.”

Volunteers can find a way to lend a hand and a good fit at: www.cabq.gov/volunteers