This year there are seven local participating nonprofits whose teams are raising funds for their own cause and spreading the word about how they contribute to healthy community in Taos. You can check out their team pages, their goals, and give to one of their participants by following the links below or click the logos to the right.
If you give to any other participant not associated with a nonprofit, your gift supports the Emergency Medicines Fund at Taos Community Foundation. From that fund, the Foundation can provide community health grants to even more local nonprofits serving our area. So you can’t go wrong when you give for Ridge-A-Thon!
Here’s what the nonprofits are up to on Saturday March 19!
Amigos Bravos will plan a decorative event booth that will provide outreach and educational materials related to our projects, advocate on “20 Things You Can Do for Rivers and Rights,” and share our brochure for the Annual Raffle for the Rio event. We will also include a playful, interactive activity for the kids to highlight our work with River Otters. Come sled ‘n’ slide with us in one of our homemade otter sleds!
Bridges Project for Education
Bridges will be available to answer questions about their individualized college counseling services and the college admissions process. They will have handy tips for filling out the FAFSA and for tackling admissions and scholarship essays. Visit their table to decorate a college pennant representing your alma mater, or in honor of your favorite college student!
Field Institute of Taos
Field Institute of Taos will have a nature education station with activities that are engaging and active for all ages including an adaptation of “con hole” and tic tac toe with a twist. Information on summer camps and other programs, stickers, hats, etc will also be available and more!
Habitat for Humanity of Taos
Habitat for Humanity of Taos is excited to have two interactive games that you can engage in. The first is a “Washer Toss.” The target is a “house” game board; the windows and doors will be open, where you aim to throw the washers. The house will be labeled with the cost of different materials used to build a home. This will give you a chance to see how much goes into materials, which is exactly what we are raising these funds for! The second board is a photo op where you and two of your friends can have your picture taken with your face in the cut outs of the HFHT logo (three people under a roof).
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Team RMYC’s staff will be roaming about on both days distributing goodie bags to all attendees. As an added attraction on Saturday, March 19, 2016 – Team RMYC’s staff will host an interactive survivors’ activity table… You don’t want to miss this fun-filled spectacular event. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is also featuring its star-studded cast of extreme skiers this weekend. Ben Thomas, Executive Director along with Asha Stout our fierce fundraiser – will kickoff Team RMYC’s competitive performance on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Patrick Helton, our program extraordinaire along with Griffin Ferrante, Lucille McDermott, and Asha Stout will wrap up Team RMYC’s competitive performance on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Taos Center for the Arts
We will have TCA informational handouts; A big Screen Raffle opportunity; A TCA trivia contest for Cashore Marionette tickets, and to crown it off for our interactive activity we will be building a sculpture with 2,000 lego blocks.
Taos Land Trust
Over the past year, Taos Land Trust has been engaging in a community-driven planning effort to preserve and enhance the most important natural and cultural resources in our area. Input from community members will help Taos Land Trust develop a Community Conservation Plan and a Conceptual Trail Plan. Aside from having a corn hole toss activity to entertain children, the Taos Land Trust booth will include two interactive poster boards that will allow people to provide their feedback on what’s important to them in terms of conservation and recreation. Community input will help Taos Land Trust prioritize areas for conservation and for connecting and expanding trail systems – for both recreation and commuting. Participating in the Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon will help Taos Land Trust raise funds to support these master plans designed to protect places that community members care about, foster access to nature and, in the long run, improve the health and economic vitality of the Taos community.