State, County Democratic parties finding unique ways to support their communities
As the United States continues to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak by restricting travel, and thousands of New Mexicans face unprecedented changes in their day-to-day lives, Democrats across our state are stepping up to give back to their communities. Several county parties have launched “Dems Care” initiatives to provide essentials to people in their communities who are struggling or confined to their homes.
The Democratic Party of New Mexico has encouraged Democrats across the state to find ways to give back during these difficult times by volunteering their time and their resources, or through methods such as giving blood. Our online campaign hub includes a “Dems Care” section outlining how Democrats can take steps to make a difference in their communities, and around the state we’ve seen that work in action.
In Taos, Democrats have been sharing information about the Taos Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund, and encouraging folks to contribute. They’ve also been spreading the word about a food drive for local school children and their families.
“Taos County Democrats are committed to making sure that our community can stand together and stay strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Taos County Democrats Chair Darien Fernandez. “We’re doing everything possible to support the most vulnerable in Taos and continue to encourage Democratic participation. In the face of these unprecedented challenges, it’s more important than ever that we keep up our work and support each other.”
Democrats in Roosevelt county are planning to send out dozens of care packages in the coming weeks to senior citizens and immunocompromised people who can’t leave their homes. The packages will include groceries, toiletries, and canned goods.
“It’s important to us to make sure that we’re supporting our fellow New Mexicans right now,” said Democratic Party of Roosevelt County Chair Tate Turnbough. “As Democrats, we believe that no one should have to choose between their health and their ability to feed their family. This is a difficult time for everyone and we want to make sure that we show our community that we’re in it together.”
“We’re so proud to see so many Democrats stepping up to support their communities through these uncertain times,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “As we address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re lucky to have everyone from our county chairs to our governor doing everything possible to reduce the impact of the virus. Together, we will get through this.”