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LAS CRUCES - The Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation has awarded a five-year $100,000 grant to The Bridge of Southern New Mexico to expand work supporting education, workforce readiness and regional economic development.
The Bridge has received the first $20,000 of five annual awards committed by the El Paso-based private, non-profit foundation. “We are extremely pleased to receive multi-year mission support from the Hunt Family Foundation. This commitment for five-year incremental awards provides The Bridge essential support to continue building on student success throughout Dona Ana County,” said George Ruth, The Bridge Board of Directors Chairman.
In announcing the award, Joshua W. Hunt, President of the Hunt Family Foundation, said, “We are pleased to lend our support to The Bridge of Southern New Mexico with this multi-year grant.” Hunt explained, “One of the core objectives of the Hunt Family Foundation is to invest in community programs within our region that help provide access to quality education. The Bridge of Southern New Mexico fits that criteria and we believe it does a tremendous job in leveraging resources that can help Dona Ana students prepare to compete in a global workforce.”
In addition to education, Hunt Family Foundation investments focus on initiatives in healthcare, quality of life projects, the arts, economic development, and preservation of local heritage. The Foundation’s gifts are made to charitable organizations in the Borderplex region including El Paso, Dona Ana and Otero counties, and Juarez, Mexico.
The Bridge mission demonstrates how business works hand-in-hand with education leaders to build New Mexico’s future labor force, entrepreneurs, innovators and civic leaders. More than 25 Bridge partners are working together to achieve the state’s highest graduation rates and optimize career/technical education for Dona Ana County students. The Bridge laid the foundation for the state’s first early college high school, Arrowhead Park Early College High School in Las Cruces.
The Bridge is building a “community of mentors” for students by promoting hands-on business internships, supporting student-focused teacher training, and expanding parents’ capacity as strong mentors for their children. More information about The Bridge is online at www.thebridgeofsnm.com.