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Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Zia Family Focus Center

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

By Sandra Marroquin-Evans

Zia Family Focus Center (ZFFC) is not just a before and after school enrichment program for children and families. It is a unique program that exists on the campus of an Albuquerque area public school that believes “family” means more than just the home. It extends to friends, neighbors, businesses, and institutions that work together to create a positive place to live.

The mission of the Zia Family Focus Center is to provide an after school enrichment program in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for the children it serves at minimal costs for families. Our core values upon which we operate and hope to instill in the youth that we serve include: integrity, responsibility, individuality, appreciation for diversity, self-worth and appreciation for the community around us.

ZFFC is a non-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors that works closely with local businesses and organizations such as La Montanita Co op, offering both employment and volunteer opportunities as well as family-oriented community events.

For 20 years, the Zia Family Focus Center primarily received funding from Bernalillo County, but this unfortunately came to an end last May. We are working diligently to secure other financial support so that we can continue to provide these much-needed activities.

Despite the fact that we currently have very limited funding, we are continuing to provide a quality enrichment program for local youth and families. As a small non-profit, ZFFC hires a diversity of local community members including artists, musicians, dancers, fitness instructors and other cultural creatives and academics to bring their expertise and passion to the children and families that are engaged in the programs. The Family Focus Center also provides learning experiences for both children and adults to volunteer in the classroom and other events such as the Fall Festival, Talent Shows, and Silent Auctions. We also provide high quality tutoring and academic enrichment.

Enrichment classes include:

  • Flamenco,
  • Ballet,
  • Karate,
  • Acting,
  • Lego building,
  • Jazz and Creative Movement,
  • Archery,
  • Capoeira,
  • Sewing,
  • Art Classes,
  • Tap Dance,
  • Soccer League,
  • Piano,
  • Guitar,
  • Intro to Sports,
  • Homework Assistance,
  • Basketball,
  • Gardening and Science,
  • and much more!

The Program also offers day camps during Albuquerque Public School breaks.

Happening this Fall:
The Fifth Annual Fall Festival is Saturday, October 24, from 5 to 9 pm. The Fall Festival is one of the Family Focus Center’s big events and one where much volunteer help needed.  The Fall Festival is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come and enjoy carnival games and to walk through the Family Center as it gets turned into an enchanted forest filled with many surprises, some not so pleasant as we encounter characters from fairly tales. The festival brings the whole family together to enjoy in a safe and fun environment.

On December 11 from 5-7pm, join us for our Winter Talent Show and Silent Auction. The talent show and silent auction is a time to celebrate the end of the semester and showcase all that the children have learned. Enjoy performances in ballet, flamenco, theatre, music, and much more. The event is combined with a silent auction which gives the community a wonderful way to support the Family Focus Center as they shop for the holiday gifts.

How to Support the Family Focus Center
There are many ways you can support and make a difference in the lives of the community members the Family Focus Center serves. Sponsors are needed for events, classes or student scholarships.  Volunteer in classes, offer office support or help before, during or after events, and donations of all kinds including financial, your time and energy, and office supplies are always welcome.

For more information, to enroll children in our program, volunteer, or to make a donation, contact us at 505-260-6106, email learn@ziafamilyfocuscenter.org, or got to ziafamilyfocuscenter.org.

We are honored to be the Bag Donation Organization of the Month. This month thanks for bringing a bag when you shop for your groceries at the Co-op and donating the dime. When you do, you are supporting two wonderful community organizations, the Zia Family Focus Center and La Montañita Co-op.