We need several things that we just don’t have the resources to obtain for ourselves. If you can help with any of these, please call (505-349-1795) for arrangements
– Bathroom supplies: paper towels, cleaners
– Office supplies: paper, printer ink, pens, pencils
– “To Go” boxes for our lunches
– Sewing kit supplies: scissors, measuring tape, seam-rippers (don’t tell Debbie we use these!), marking chalk, etc.
– Notions: Zippers, snaps, facing, buttons, hemming tape, etc
– Fabric: While we appreciate all of the fabric that you have been donating, we are full to the brim right now, AT this time, we need to suspend all fabric donations.
WORKING Sewing Machines
Preferably new, we’ve received over 2 dozen sewing machines from kind donors. Many of these are well-used, and quite a few of them are on their last breath, while others refuse to work at all. Our VOLUNTEER awesome sewing machine repairman has done everything he could. IF YOU HAVE, or can find or buy us A NEW, WORKING SEWING MACHINE, you would have our undying gratitude. We would even put your name on it, so that every time a student uses it, she could breathe you a “Thank You.”
BICYCLES, A CAR OR VAN
While we supply our students with bus passes if they need them, riding the bus system in Albuquerque can sometimes mean hours for our students to commute. Donations of bicycles (with helmets!), a car, or another van could provide crucial transportation options AND would make it possible for groups of students to go to exhibits, craft shows, farmers markets and fairs to show off and sell their hand made treasures.
A HOUSE to call a HOME
Because the population we serve is homeless, this piece is very important. We have had wonderful help from local shelters, but would like to place our most needy students in a home where they will have the stability to concentrate on themselves and on our program, and a place they can actually sew and practice at home. We have volunteers who can do upkeep and repairs.
Host a dinner at home with friends
Invite friends, relatives, colleagues to a dinner party fund-raiser at your home. You set the menu (pot-luck?), the guest list, the amount you want to raise, and the way you want to raise it (suggest a donation per guest, ask people to bring their checkbooks and let them discretely pick an amount, OR… find your own unique way to ask for donations)
We can help you make it a FUNdraiser, for an organization with a mission YOU support. We can supply you with suggestions for how to ask, with a power point about TLCC, a speaker, or a link to our video.
Organize a Food Truck Rodeo
Know a food truck owner? Corral them to help arrange a food truck rodeo!
We can find out about permits and permissions to use TLCC’s parking lot.
Host a Funding Night at one of your favorite restaurants
A lot of Albuquerque restaurants will donate a percentage of their proceeds for one night. We can help you find a restaurant and organize a night when you’ll invite everyone you can think of to come and enjoy a meal while supporting TenderLove Community Center.