As a locally-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit providing services to southern New Mexico for over 50 years, Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) is a stable and trusted organization that directly addresses the causes and conditions of poverty in our communities. It does so through intensive programs that are sensitive to the multi- language, cultural, and generational make-up of the families we serve. Your support of our services creates positive change in people’s lives, and helps all members of our community to truly thrive.

Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided for by current IRS regulations, and we always suggest you consult with a tax professional as you plan your gift. If you have any questions about the information that follows and would like to speak to someone directly about our donation opportunities, please contact Dawn Hommer, CEO, or Mark Hohnstreiter, Development Officer, at 575-527-8799

Key Programs

Some special CAASNM especially needing your support are these:

Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur Program—providing area youth with business, leadership, and personal enrichment by encouraging their own small business development.

Children’s Savings Accounts—giving participating kids a match as an incentive to save real money and learn life lessons about saving and finance.

Coats for Kids—C4K distributes over 3,000 new and gently used coats for children in Las Cruces and rural areas of Doña Ana County. Your gift this year (2023) will be matched by the Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Mary Jo Anderson Anderson Foundation.

Where needs are greatest—CAASNM serves over 14,000 families a year across New Mexico. Your unrestricted gift can help them all on the path to greater self-sufficiency.

If you wish to designate your CAASNM gift to one of these programs, please indicate on your contribution or inform us of your intent.

Ways to give

Give Online

Give the gift of self-reliance by supporting CAASNM with an unrestricted donation at any level. Gifts can be made in honor or memory of a loved one, and can be made by using your Visa or MasterCard through our secure Paypal account. See the Paypal icon at the top of this website page.

Donate Items

In-kind support is gratefully received–see our Wish List below:

  1. New and gently used children’s coats
  2. Fire extinguishers (2A10BC)
  3. Grocery and other gift cards for clients
  4. First aid supplies (band-aids, gauze, medical tape, scissors, bar soap, thermometers, latex gloves)
  5. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for child care providers
  6. Refrigerator thermometers
  7. Baby safety items such as electrical outlet covers

Donate via Check

Make your check payable to “Community Action Agency” or “CAASNM.” To make a gift by mail, send a check to:


3880 Foothills Rd. Ste. A

Las Cruces, NM 88011

Planned Gifts

Leaving a Legacy: Make a Planned Gift

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico looks to long-lasting funding to be able to provide family-focused services that realize our vision of living in thriving, equitable communities.

As each person is unique, so are their needs. This is why trusted agencies such as CAASNM need flexible funds to diversify their income and to plan for future needs and fresh opportunities as they arise.

The following are just a few ways that you can leave a lasting impact on our local and regional community of families:

• Charitable Remainder Trusts
• Gifts of Life Insurance
• Gifts of Real Estate
• Gifts of Retirement Plans
• Gifts of Securities
• Wills & Bequests

Please contact Mark Hohnstreiter, Development Officer at 575-527-8799 to discuss arrangements such as these. He would be pleased to meet with you and your personal advisors to create a plan that benefits all.

CAASNM wishes to thank the following funders and donors for their generous support and partnership in 2021-2022:

Community Services Block Grant · State of New Mexico · 21st Century NMSU · State of New Mexico Early Child Education and Care Department · State of New Mexico Department of Health · Child and Adult Food Care Program · Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico · Carl C. Anderson Jr. And Marie Jo Anderson Foundation · W.K. Kellogg Foundation · New Mexico Community Trust · Better Together New Mexico · Doña Ana County · City of Las Cruces · Knights of Columbus · Maternal Infant Early Child Home Visiting · State of New Mexico Early Childhood and Care Department · Kindle Foundation · Better Together New Mexico · First American Bank · New Mexico Community Trust · Groundswell Fund Integrated Voter Engagement · Las Cruces Public Schools · New Mexico Counts! 2020 · Nusenda Federal Credit Union · Paso del Norte Health Foundation · Prosperity Now · United Way of Southwestern New Mexico · Verizon Foundation · Walmart Foundation ·Workforce Equity Initiative ·Knights of Columbus

Donations made to Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico are tax deductible to the extent provided for by law, although we always suggest you confer with your financial advisor.