It has been over a year now since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic. And quite a challenging year it has been for all of us. Early on during this public health crisis, Chevron provided much needed PPE to Holy Cross Hospital and the Village of Questa. But we also saw the need to address the far-reaching economic and social impacts. Unfortunately, we have seen increased demand for food services, increased instances of domestic violence, difficult economic times for local businesses, and lasting social and educational impacts on our children. Fortunately, Chevron was able to provide funding to help address these issues.
With that in mind, we wish to commend the following organizations. They have made a real positive difference:
The North Central Food Pantry in Questa for increased food distribution in northern Taos County.
Taos Feeds Taos for providing meals to over 1,075 local families.
Community Against Violence for providing increased support services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
Taos Men’s Shelter for sheltering some of our most vulnerable community members.
Taos Behavioral Health for supporting vulnerable youth by distributing hotspots to Questa students and enrolling them in the Questa SUCCESS program.
Taos Community Foundation for shoring up our local food pantries and assisting youth programs to provide tutoring support.
The Questa Economic Development Fund for championing small businesses and supporting their applications for stimulus funding opportunities.
Twirl for providing much needed social and educational opportunities for young children. Their At Home, STEAM and Mask Gathering online projects benefited over 800 local kids – 1,300 creative project bags and 3,500 toys were distributed
“Kids have suffered and lost so much this year. With our play space closed and in-person programming not an option, we had to find alternate ways to provide some fun, play and creativity during the pandemic. The response from our community and organizations like Chevron was wonderful.” – Nikki Ross, Executive Director, Twirl
“Taos Community Foundation was honored to partner with Chevron in responding to COVID recovery and response efforts. Chevron’s contribution was earmarked for Education, Behavioral Health and Food Systems. Community response this past year has been nothing short of an ‘all-hand-on-deck’ approach, and Chevron’s commitment to this effort has been spectacular. Chevron exemplifies the values of collaboration, relationship-building and care for community.” – Lisa O’Brien, Executive Director, Taos Community Foundation
It is a testament to our communities in Taos, Questa, and greater Taos County that we have so many strong local organizations that have stepped up to meet the challenges brought by the pandemic.
Not only have some organizations had to contend with reduced funding from the economic fall-out but all have had to adapt their models of community service delivery due to COVID restrictions. Their efforts are a shining light of what can be accomplished when ingenuity and dedication are brought to bear.
Chevron is very proud to continue supporting our local nonprofit partners. A job well done!