On a brisk morning in mid-January, Mountainair community members gathered together to voice their hopes, concerns, and ideas about the future of their town. Mountainair has a similar narrative to many small, rural New Mexico regions; food insecurity, declining populations, and economic opportunities, for example, are challenges that are all too familiar for rural communities.

In the wake of these challenges, Mountainair residents contacted NMCF to create a geographic affiliate fund. This fund allows Mountainair to collect tax-deductible donations for projects community members deem priority.

Thanks to local leadership, love of place, and dedication, the town of Mountainair is taking significant steps towards community development and empowerment. Learn more about geographic affiliate funds by contacting Linda Milbourn at lmilbourn@nmcf.org or give to the Mountainair Community Fund here.