Alternative Giving Guide – 2020

With the giving season upon us, and the certainty that CUMC will not be having people/services in the building, we will therefore not be having a giving tree as we have in the past. With that said, CUMC is providing this Alternative Gift Giving Guide as a way for our staff and congregation members to give locally during this time of year.

How it works:
This guide provides a list of nonprofits that the clergy and lay staff of CUMC has hand selected as organizations that mean a great deal to them. We have also included a list and information about non-profits that CUMC otherwise supports.

We are encouraging all of our members to give directly to the non-profits noted in honor or memory of family and friends. Please note: CUMC will not be processing donations to these organizations – we are only providing the information and encouragement to give. We do ask that you note on your donation to the nonprofits that you give to, that you are a member of CUMC.

Clergy and Staff of CUMC Nonprofit Picks


Rev. Greg Kennedy
Senior Pastor
Heifer International www.heifer.org
I believe deeply in the work of Heifer International. For 75 years Heifer International has worked with families in 21 countries with a hand up instead of a hand out. Heifer follows the saying “Give a person a fish and they will eat for a day. Teach a person to fish and they will eat every day.”

Rev. Dr. Kelly Jackson Brooks
Executive Pastor
Chrysalis Consulting Center www.chrysalisconsultingcenter.org
Support and mental health services specifically designed to help members of the clergy are few and far between. Chrysalis strives to serve this very specific population. “The mission of the Chrysalis Consulting Center is to provide holistic programs which equip leaders in ministry to obtain and sustain optimal mental, spiritual, and physical health.”

Michele Humes
Office Administrator
Ronald McDonald House Charities on NM www.rmhc-nm.org
I have chosen the Ronald McDonald House because it gives families a place to stay near the hospital while their child receives lifesaving care. It eases the burden on a family to have the comforts of home away from home and near their child, and especially, if it is for a long time and far from where they live.

Dr. Karen Marrolli
Director of Music
SAFE House Albuquerque www.safehousenm.org
Back in the early 2000s, I regularly pulled together a choir called “Lux Aeterna” (“Eternal Light”) to create artistic programming that amplified the survivors of abuse and traumatic events. Because this has been a passion of mine throughout my career, I am proud to support SAFE House Albuquerque, whose mission is to “shelter and empower survivors of intimate partner domestic violence.” Their services include an emergency shelter as well as a rapid re-housing program that offers 12 months of rental assistance and therapeutic support.

Jesus Valdez
Media Coordinator
Hero’s Path Palliative Care www.herospathpalliativecare.org
I have chosen Hero’s Path Palliative Care – Supporting families on their path of quality of life. “I have experienced firsthand the family hardships that go along with serious illness in children. Hero’s Path is non-profit that supports, and assists, families that may require palliative care services, respite, and hospice care.”

CUMC Supported Organizations


Family Promise of Albuquerque www.familypromiseabq.org
“To help families who are experiencing homelessness in the Albuquerque community to achieve sustainable independence.”


Roadrunner Food Bank www.rrfb.org
“Our mission is to feed every hungry person today; Seed partnerships that build self-sufficiency for tomorrow; Lead to achieve our vision of permanently ending hunger in New Mexico.”


Lowell Elementary/Albuquerque Public Schools/Operation School Bell www.aps.edu
“No student should miss a day of school due to inappropriate or inadequate clothing or school supplies.”


Saranam www.saranamabq.org
“Transforming the Lives of Families Experiencing Homelessness.”