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County Council Proclaims Oct. 5 ‘Self Help Day’

on October 4, 2019 - 11:13am

From left, Self Help, Inc., Executive Director Maura Taylor, Board Member Jim Little, Board President Rosemary Alme and Los Alamos County Councilor Randall Ryti hold up a proclamation that recognizes Self Help, which is celebrating 50 years of service in the Los Alamos community, and declares Saturday, Oct. 5 ‘Self Help Day’. The proclamation was presented during the Oct. 1 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council recognized the services provided by Self Help, Inc., during its Tuesday meeting. Self Help, Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To mark this milestone, Council proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 5 “Self Help Day”.

The organization will host a fundraising gala 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall. Tickets are $65 and include the food, wine, live and silent auctions and commemorative glass. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by contacting Self Help’s office at 505.662.4666 or

County Councilor Randall Ryti read the proclamation:

WHEREAS: On April 17, 1969, Self Help was incorporated as a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting those in need in Northern New Mexico by providing crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and seed/education grants; and

WHEREAS: Self Help Inc., with the assistance of community donors, volunteers and local partners - particularly the on-going support of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos - has evolved over the years to meet changing needs in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos and Northern Santa Fe Counties; and

WHEREAS: From uniting people by spearheading community economic improvement projects, to dispensing funds to victims of the Cerro Grande Fire; by providing emergency financial assistance to aid families in crisis, by making available business and education seed grants, by offering consultation, referral and advocacy services - in all of its efforts and outreach, Self Help has proven to be a dynamic resource committed to meeting basic needs and fostering self-sufficiency in Northern New Mexico; and

WHEREAS: The Los Alamos County Council wishes to commend Self Help’s staff, board members, volunteers and partners for 50 years of service to our community and surrounding counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim Saturday, October 5, 2019 as “SELF HELP INC. DAY”

in Los Alamos County, and ask our citizens to join us in applauding the work of this outstanding community organization.