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City of Albuquerque Recognizes Outstanding Community Members and Highlights Annual Report

Over 88,000 volunteer hours logged last year with economic impact of more than $2 million.
May 31, 2024

This week, Mayor Tim Keller recognized outstanding members of our community with the Volunteer of the Month and One Albuquerque Awards. The celebration honored award recipients from the last three months, whose contributions and service have supported our city and helped those in need.  

The following community members were recognized for their diverse contributions and work to support our city and those who call it home: 

Volunteer Award Recipients

  • Sylvia Eccles, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library 
  • Regina Hoefler, Health, Housing & Homelessness Department 
  • Mary Cox, New Mexico Veterans Memorial 

One Albuquerque Award Recipients

  • Aura Acabal, La Mesa Elementary School 
  • Dwayne Baker, City of Albuquerque Transit Department 
  • Bill O’Connell and Veronica Lueras, Department of Senior Affairs, Nutrition & Transportation 

These individuals exemplify the One Albuquerque spirit through their dedication and impact, making significant contributions to their respective communities. If you are interested in getting involved, visit  

“Impactful civic engagement can happen at any scale,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Simple but effective actions in our neighborhoods can create real change, especially when everyone gets involved.” 

During the event, the Mayor also highlighted the Office of Civic Engagement’s most recent Annual Volunteer Report, which gives a snapshot of the impact that volunteering has on our community and how the office is working to connect more folks to service opportunities.  


  • Service Hours:  Over 550 nonprofit organizations, businesses, and city departments have tracked a total of 88,592 volunteer hours this year, translating to an economic impact of over $2 million. 
  • Volunteer Growth: The volunteer community has grown to 23,770 active volunteers, with 4,194 new volunteers joining in 2023 alone. 
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Since the launch of the One Albuquerque Volunteers platform, nearly 2,000 volunteer opportunities have been hosted, resulting in over 30,000 volunteer shifts. 

 The City of Albuquerque is dedicated to connecting everyone with service opportunities in their neighborhoods. Partnering with various departments and community organizations, the City provides numerous avenues for people to make a difference. Whether it’s adopting a local bus stop, volunteering at an animal shelter, or assisting at a neighborhood library, there are countless ways for residents to contribute.