Volunteer profile: Milz Bickley

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Name: Milz Bickley Residence: Pep Occupation: Retired operations manager for Greyhound bus lines. Volunteer: Bickley volunteers with the Community Service Center, Roosevelt County Healthy Council and Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative. Why he does it: Bickley believes we need to work to help our community be as well functioning as possible.

Volunteers

Frank Cole, nominated by Sistar Yancy of Christian Believers, is the Hospice of the Sandias volunteer of the month for April. He is an excellent example of not only how volunteers make a difference in the community but the personal benefits of volunteering. Out of work and his self-esteem low, Frank was referred to Chrisitan […]

Service group seeks work

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers from Eastern New Mexico University are looking for work. Eastern In Action Director Robyn Pease said the Eastern in Action service group is looking for small and large opportunities to help people April 17 in the Portales city limits. “We have 148 students, faculty and staff willing to […]

Volunteers: Vern Witten

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Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University math professor Volunteer work: He’s served with the Wesley Foundation at ENMU for 40 years, including time on the board of directors. He’s also tutored elementary-aged through college students at no charge; and served with Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties on the board of […]

Volunteers passing out blankets Monday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Community Service Center volunteers will be distributing afghan blankets Monday during Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities in Portales. Center volunteers have been crocheting lap blankets year-round, which are distributed to individuals who are homebound or in nursing homes, said Phyllis Roybal, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program director at the […]

Free lunch fills volunteers with holiday cheer

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers helping with a free Christmas dinner Friday at El Rancho Restaurant say the opportunity to help the community is more than enough reward. Eva McAfoos has been serving the Portales community for five years at the annual free dinner hosted by the Garcia family. “I used to work […]

AARP seeks tax volunteers

Freedom New Mexico AARP is seeking volunteers statewide to help others with their income taxes. All volunteers are trained in basic tax law and tax forms as well as how to use computers and software. Volunteers use their knowledge, along with computers and software provided to prepare tax returns for others. Volunteers are asked to […]

Group reaches out with holiday dinners

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer People made their way over to the Memorial Building on Thursday for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. They had their choice of dining in or getting a meal to go. Portales Community Outreach organizer Elvia Garcia said 18 volunteers were making deliveries, with each carrying no less than 10 meals […]

Volunteers sought for city-wide clean up

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales is looking for organizations and the community to help clean up the city in the annual Trek for Trash. While city crews will be part of the event, officials said Tuesday they are concerned they may be short of volunteers. The event starts 1 p.m. Saturday. “I haven’t […]

Workday scheduled to repair Habitat house

PNT staff Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties has scheduled a volunteer workday today to repair recent vandalism to the newest Habitat house. The workday is set for 8 a.m. until midafternoon, with lunch provided about 11:30 a.m., at 309 E. Kaywood Street. Volunteers will continue repairing vandalized appliances and water damage, as […]

Red Cross seeking volunteers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Scott Snyder had an emergency of sorts Wednesday. He had to get to Clovis, and the plane that would take him there from Albuquerque had mechanical problems at its previous airport. The emergency was solved simply, as Snyder arrived in time for a brainstorming session with local Red Cross […]

Getting to know: Leroy Thomas

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Leroy Thomas is a Portales resident and owner of The Print Shop.With his wife, Gaynelle, Thomas cooks and delivers lunch for Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers about once a month and works with Meals on Wheels. He also is a member of the Portales Rotary Club and the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home board of […]

Volunteers begin to unearth Blacktower Cemetery

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Stepping into the shoes of archeologists, volunteers from Cannon Air Force Base and the community carefully removed several feet of blown sand, inch by inch from historic Blacktower Cemetery. Capt. Glen Smith, who is leading the project, said the two-day clean-up was going well, but that it was just […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Freedom New Mexico Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

CASA seeking volunteers

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With volunteer numbers dropping in the last five years, Family and Children Support Services is holding an art show and dinner to raise money to recruit and support people to speak for children in foster care. The local Court Appointed Special Advocates organization covers both Roosevelt and Curry counties. […]

Portales retiree spends time volunteering

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Steve Tuttle is a retired resident of Portales. Why type of volunteering work do you do? Donna, my wife, and I do a lot of volunteer work for Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. We are part of the comittee that plans the Ag Expo every year. We help set up, work and tear down everything […]

Work day canceled

The Habitat for Humanity work day Saturday is canceled because the construction manager is unable to attend. However, Habitat needs volunteers to man a table 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Ag Expo Feb 24-25. To volunteer: 359-1344

Cold outside, warm inside

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The weather was cool and wet Thursday, but the fellowship and food was warm at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Volunteers expected to serve about 500 people, including the 180 meals that were delivered to people who are homebound or the dozens of take-out dinners picked up and delivered by […]

ENMU Briefs Nov. 18

Fall break begins Monday For students and faculty, the fall/Thanksgiving Break will be observed next week, Monday through Nov. 28. The campus will be closed and staff will be off Nov. 27-28. Classes will resume Dec. 1. Class raising funds for nets Jarret Lovelace and his freshman seminar class are raising funds for the organization […]

Local Brief Nov. 11

PNT Staff Report AARP seeks income tax preparation volunteers AARP Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers for tax counseling and leadership positions. Each year from Feb. 1 through April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal, state and local tax returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers.