Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Girls on the Run

Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate-a-Dime bag program.

Girls on the Run: Empowering Girls to Activate Their Limitless Potential

By Alice Temple and Dana Beyal

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national non-profit with affiliates in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a New Mexico where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Academic assessments of Girls on the Run participants indicate a significant positive impact on program participants. Evaluations have found that our curricula improve girls’ self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and physical activity behaviors.

Girls on the Run Santa Fe (GOTRSF) is entering our 10th year of business with a recent expansion to Rio Arriba County! We had our biggest season ever with more than 185 girls showing up at the Santa Fe Plaza, on May 16th, to run their first 5 kilometer race, in spite of a rainy and cold day. A locally operated non-profit GOTRSF serves girls in 3rd through 8th grade. Over the years, over 1400 girls have participated in this volunteer organization. We believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world. To participate or for more information for GOTR in Santa Fe or Rio Arriba counties please contact Alice Temple at Alice Temple or call her at 505-660-2972.

Girls on the Run Rio Grande (GOTRRD) offers a 10-week after school curriculum for 3rd-5th grade girls that innovatively weaves training for a 5k run with lessons that empower girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices and embrace their gifts. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event. This culminating celebratory event is the moment when the girls realize that the seemingly impossible is possible. Girls on the Run inspires girls to stay true to themselves and live free from societal stereotypes.

Girls on the Run Rio Grande has been serving Bernalillo and Valencia Counties for four years. Last season we had programs at three schools in Belen and one school in Albuquerque. We hope to expand to someday serve every elementary school in our counties.

We fundraise year-round to give our girls scholarships to participate in our program. GOTRG also sponsors an adult running program, Solemates, to help raise money for our program. We strive never to turn any girl away due to inability to pay.

We can always use donations or volunteerscoaches, board members, and event staff. If you’d like more information, please visit our website or contact Dana Beyal at 916-9073; email: or

In August, your Donate the Dime Bag Credit will be shared between Girls on the Run Santa Fe and Girls on the Run Rio Grande: Empowering Girls to stay true to themselves and activate their limitless potential.

Veteran Farmer Project on the News!

The Veteran Farmer Project was on KRQE News 13! Click here to watch if you missed it.

Come see our beautiful produce at the VA Growers’ Market every Wednesday from 9am to 12pm. And join us at the farm on the Rio Grande Community Farm Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-10am for gardening fun, education and camaraderie. While the project is geared towards veterans, everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact Robin at 217-2027 or

Time’s Running Out

If you haven’t voted for La Montañita Co-op in Albuquerque The Magazine’s Best of the City 2015, for Best Health Food Store, at, do it today! Voting closes Aug. 1.

Last year, we were in the Top Five for Best Health Food Store. Let’s go for NUMBER ONE! After all, we are New Mexico’s largest community-owned natural and organic food market. Tell everyone, “we’re Best of the City!”

Summer Specials and Route 66 Summerfest

Route 66 Summerfest is almost here! On July 18 from 2-10pm, the Co-op will be one of many awesome retailers participating in the largest street festival in New Mexico. We’ll have a table loaded with Veggie and Meat Wraps, Fried Chicken and Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, chips, baked goods, frozen treats and drinks. Music all day until 10:30 pm, Car Show and Neon Cruise, Kid Zone, arts and crafts, good food and fun! Also, stop in the Nob Hill Co-op to pick up this sweet deal of 50% off certified organic and non-GMO Santa Cruz Lemonade. On sale during July while supplies last.








Local Cherries Are Here! $3.99 / lb.

For the past seven years, La Montañita Co-op has been proud to bring delicious bing cherries from Sage Creations Organic Farm, Palisade, CO, to our stores for you to enjoy. Paola Legarre grows stone fruit, lavender and herbs on their five-acre certified organic family farm at the base of Grande Mesa, which provides for cool nights and warm days — an ideal climate for producing these sweet and delicious cherries. Look for them at your favorite Produce Department today!

Santa Fe’s New Bag Ordinance

Santa Fe’s new City Reusable Bag Ordinance went into effect on June 28. Established to encourage the practice of reusing durable bags made of cloth or recycled materials, the ordinance requires that we now charge 10¢ at our Santa Fe location for every new paper bag. This fee will not be charged for paper bags that you bring in to reuse, and it will not be charged to any person using WIC, EBT, TEFAP, or TANF.

You can still donate or keep a dime by reusing bags through our Donate a Dime program, but bags must now be made cloth or recycled materials to be eligible for the program. You’ll no longer be able to donate or keep a dime when reusing paper bags.

When you shop at the Santa Fe Co-op, don’t forget your paperless bags to avoid the new fee and donate or keep a dime!

Time to Celebrate

Thank you for voting La Montañita Co-op People’s Choice Best Local Brand Award/Commercial Category at the 8th Annual B2B Expo on June 9. The Co-op competed against several other local companies to receive this honor. We appreciate all the community support!

Westside Rockin’ BBQ

Join La Montañita Co-op at our Westside location on Saturday, June 20, for a Rockin’ BBQ, with delicious summer foods, live music and raffle giveaways.

The event will take place from 11am–4pm. Entertainment includes a live radio remote with 100.3 The PEAK and Ryan (11am-1pm) and musical performances from the students at Rock 101, New Mexico’s premiere music academy (2-4pm).

Our rockin’ menu will include grass-fed beef burgers, steaks, veggie options, chips and drinks for purchase and a wide variety of in-store samples.

Listen to The PEAK the week of June 15-19, during the JTD Show (mornings), to have a chance to win a $25 La Montañita Co-op gift card. The Co-op will also be holding a few special raffles at the Rockin’ BBQ event.

La Montañita is excited to partner with the student musicians from Rock 101 and feature their performances at our event. In the Rock 101 program, students receive personalized instruction, and learn what it takes to be in a band during their one-week sessions. For more information on the program or to sign up your children for the summer sessions, visit


You Donated $100,000: Congrats to all Co-op Shoppers!

1,034,080 bags reused = $103,408 donated and counting

Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate a Dime program. When you bring your own bag, you reduce your carbon footprint, and we’ll donate a dime to a worthy organization! It all adds up.

By Robin Seydel

Over the four and a half years since the inception of La Montanita’s Donate a Dime bag credit donation program, you, our devoted and generous Co-op shoppers, have together reused over 1 million bags, and thus have donated over $100,000 to worthy organizations throughout New Mexico.

In Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup, members and shoppers have brought their re-useable shopping bags and donated their dimes in support of dozens of dedicated non-profit organizations who work to make all our lives better. A dime may not seem like a lot, but $100,000 is a lot of dimes, and clearly shows how when we cooperate and pool our resources, we can have a tremendous impact. It takes a lot of re-useable shopping bags saving a lot of trees and a lot of generous shoppers cooperating by donating their dimes to make it happen.

Bravo! Thanks! Congratulations to all our shoppers and members for reaching this wonderful milestone in generosity and community support for a better world for us all.

Our non-profit recipients encompass a wide swath of community development work including organizations that work in the areas of homelessness, ecological restoration and protection, economic justice, social justice, child welfare, animal welfare and so many more. See a few recipients of your bag credit donations below, or click here for the full list.

So popular has our bag credit donation program been that we currently have nearly a 5 year waiting list for organizations to have their month. If your organization would like to participate in this program, please send the following information to Robin Seydel at proof of 501c3 status, a short description of your organization’s mission and work, a short description of how the money will be used, and complete contact information for the organization. Selected organizations are placed on a waiting list for future months. At this time we do not accept schools or religious organizations, due to the fact that there are hundreds of them throughout the state and our waiting list is already five years long. We already also have a waiting list of organizations who would like to have second month as our bag donation recipient.

For more information, please visit or contact Robin Seydel at

Bag Credit Organizations that have received a bag credit donation include:

Amigos Bravos, Rio Grande Community Farm, Walk in Beauty, N.M. Autism Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, N.M. Wilderness Alliance, Metropolitan Homeless Shelter /AOC, Cuidando los Ninos, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, New Energy Economy, S.A N. E., Wild Earth Guardians, Santa Fe Animal Humane/Shelter, Community Bike Program, N.M. Environmental Law Center, Earth Care International, Peacecraft, St Elizabeth’s Homeless Shelter, ABQ Health Care for the Homeless, Keshet Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe Watershed Association, Youth Works Gardens, Quivira Coalition, Shelter for Domestic Violence, Friends of Whitfield Conservation Area, Interfaith Power and Light, Warehouse 21, Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust, Road Runner Food Bank, Project Share, Pegasus Children’s Legal Center, Dismas House New Mexico, Our Endangered Aquifer, N.M. Wilderness Alliance, Crossroads for Women, Think New Mexico, Animal Protection New Mexico, Theater in Making Spectrum Project, Youth Works Santa Fe, CARMA, Rio Grande Food Project, Project PeacePal, Off Center Arts, Erda Gardens and Learning Center, National Institute of Flamenco, N.M. Native Plant Society, N.M. Rape Crisis Center, PB&J’s Futures for Fathers, Cancer Services of N.M., Campfire of N.M., N.M. Humane Association, Conservation Voters of N.M. Education Fund, N.M. Veteran Integration Center, Habitat for Humanity, National Dance Institute, Explora Museum, Open Space Alliance, Water Groups.

Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Friends of Bandelier

Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate-a-Dime bag program.

Bandelier National Monument is located in north-central New Mexico near Santa Fe. The park was established in 1916 as an archaeological preserve for pueblo ruins dating from the 1100s AD. The non-profit organization Friends of Bandelier is a group of people who love the monument. A Board of Trustees governs their activities under a formal Memorandum of Agreement with the National Park Service. Park rangers request their help on special projects and the Friends of Bandelier try to meet their needs. They work to provide activities and information on key issues affecting the monument through letters, field trips, and media announcements.

Only a small area of the 32,000-acre National Monument Park is developed. The remainder is wild backcountry, much of which is included in the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is a beautiful land of high, level mesas cut by straight-walled canyons, some over 500 feet deep. Within this rugged landscape are the remains of a thriving culture that populated the area between approximately 1150 and 1550. Ruins range in size from small field houses and houses of a few rooms to large pueblos of several hundred rooms.

Management at Bandelier concentrates on protecting and interpreting the ancient cultural remains and the landscape itself. Rangers offer a wide range of interpretive activities at the Visitor Center. During the summer, artisans from local pueblos demonstrate the ancient crafts of the pueblo peoples. The Friends of Bandelier try to help where they can do the most good. We provide support for: archaeology, education, handicap access, Native crafts, visitor amenities and scientific research. The main function of the Friends of Bandelier is to provide funding for activities and projects in the park for which the National Park Service does not or cannot provide.

The year 2013 was not a good one for Bandelier. New Mexico was in the midst of a severe drought, then deluged with a wicked series of storms that severely affected the park. Los Alamos received over 7 inches in three days. (Yearly average is 18 inches!) Frijoles Canyon had one flood that July that destroyed newly restored trails in the canyon. The September storms closed the park for a week and did structural damage to roads and trails. Fortunately, the rangers and crews had fortified the Jersey Bounce barriers with sandbags around the Visitor Center. They had the foresight to put in two floodgates where the trail from the Visitor Center to the ruins crosses the sandbag barrier. They managed to close the floodgates before the waters struck; the gates held and the Visitor Center escaped any damage.

With no federal funding for seasonal employees because of the sequester, the $10,000 raised by Friends of Bandelier provided relief for the busy summer season sponsoring two seasonal workers for a total of three months; otherwise, it was all Friends of Bandelier volunteers.

Board of Trustee’s President Dorothy Hoard writes:

“2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964. In commemoration, the Monument staff and Friends of Bandelier hoped to relocate two trailheads on State Road 4 that lead into the Bandelier Wilderness. Unfortunately, the new trailheads are in habitat of the Jemez Mountains salamander, recently added to the national endangered species list and before any work could start areas have to be proven clear of salamanders. Once again, Mother Nature had her say. Salamanders must keep their skin moist in order to breathe, so they only come to the surface during the monsoon season. But in 2014 the entire West was in the midst of a severe drought. When the rains did come, they were initially spotty. Friends of Bandelier volunteers scratched the ground and turned over rocks and logs. The good news is that they found nothing, so work on the trailheads was done. The bad news is that there were several herpetology buffs on the hunt who would really like to have seen a Jemez Mountain salamander.”

The Friends of Bandelier will continue to work to sustain the Bandelier Monument Park for us all to enjoy. This month your bag donation will go to The Friends of Bandelier. Your bag credit donations are also in recognition of Board of Trustees President, Dorothy Hoard, who, for decades, until her recent passing, spearheaded the organization and its work on behalf of this national treasure. While her loss is deeply felt, the Friends of Bandelier continues its work. In one of her last blogs on the Friends of Bandelier website she wrote: “For 26 years with the Friends, I’ve had to reference the old Chinese curse ‘May we live in interesting times.’ The times don’t seem to be getting less interesting.”

Bring a bag, donate the dime and help Friends of Bandelier so that we all can enjoy the ecology and culture of Bandelier.