Connecting Youth and Elders


About the Service Challenge 

Mayor Tim Keller & First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller challenge you to step up and show everyone what makes us One ABQ!

Make time in August to engage in a community service project that connects youth and elders in our community and then challenge others to do the same. The goal is to have projects that reflect our city’s creativity, diversity, and needs.

Share your work & challenge others to get engaged using #ThisIsABQ!

Find a service project near you!

Projects in need of volunteers/participation! 


2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games | Presented by Department of Veterans Affairs

Friday, August 3 through Wednesday, August 8

The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

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Guest Chefs Needed | Presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico


Be a Guest Chef at the Ronald McDonald House. Cook dinner for the families staying in the House.

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Share the love by volunteering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM | Presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico


Volunteers make the difference in the lives of all the families that come through our doors – cooking, hosting, listening, nurturing, or by simply being there and helping out in any way they can.

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Become a Foster Grandparent! | Presented by City of Albuquerque Senior Affairs


Foster Grandparents work one-on-one with children in the community, under the supervision of a teacher or site professional. Foster Grandparents can be placed in schools, head start programs, daycare centers and pre-schools. An average of 20 hours a week to volunteer and volunteers may receive meals and/or non-taxable stipend if income-eligible. The Department of Senior Affairs offers monthly training got interested participants. Call 505-764-6412 for more information.

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Become a Senior Companion! | Presented by City of Albuquerque Senior Affairs


Become a Senior Companion through the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs and provide needed companionship and assistance to homebound seniors in our community!

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Join the Retired Senior Volunteer Program! | Presented by City of Albuquerque Senior Affairs


The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs offers a Retired Senior Volunteer Program for those age 55+ who volunteer or wish to find a meaningful place to volunteer in the community.

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Horses Connecting People | Presented by Enchanted Equine Adventures

Sunday, August 19 from 1 pm - 4 pm

For our One ABQ Challenge, we will be offering a free class on how to be a horse leader. Horse leaders are necessary in therapeutic riding when a client can't control the horse themselves or has anxiety

about controlling the horse themselves. We will teach kids and adults how to safely work around horses and how to convince the horse to willingly follow their lead.

We also have opportunities for ranch clean up and repairs during this time.

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Amy Biehl High School Literature Circles | Presented by Amy Biehl High School


Help students develop literacy and communication skills by participating in a small book-club-style discussion a few times a month with a small group of sophomores or juniors at Amy Biehl High School.

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A Dance to Remember | Presented by The View ABQ

Sunday, July 29 from noon to 4:30 pm

Join The View ABQ as we plan A Dance To Remember for the seniors of North Valley Senior CENTER.

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4th Annual De-Stash Sale | Presented by Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild

Saturday, August 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild host a fabric and notions De-Stash Sale at the Jewish Community Center with net proceeds going to educational programs for kids' sewing initiatives.

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Hands Across Time NM Design Concept Sketch Contest - Connecting Youth and Elders | Presented by Hands Across Time NM

Saturday, August 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hands Across Time NM want to engage you in the design concepts for future New Mexico inter-generational communities. HATNM will bring together youth and elders as they encourage teams made up of youth and elder artists to join together on each sketch design for a contest.

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Yard Clean-up for Senior Citizens | Presented by City of Albuquerque Senior Affairs

Ongoing during the month of August

This event will require a large group participation to assure the yard is cleaned for safety of the elderly client and safety of the neighborhood.

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Project Full - (No longer seeking volunteers)

BGCCNM Teen Cuisine | Presented by Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico


Five elderly volunteers will collaborate with teen members of the Boys & Girls Club of Central New Mexico Seligman Branch to make new and old recipes come together. Teen Nights allow the entire club to be used specifically for teen centered programs. Our teen members want to cook weekly dinners for these nights with the elderly volunteers in order to develop closer community and cultural relationships through authentic cuisine.

Staff Volunteering at Casa Esperanza | Presented by Casa Esperanza

This event is limited to Keres staff/family members and residents of Casa Esperanza.

Volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of the families who stay at Casa Esperanza. Keres employees will give of their time and loving spirits to fill the bellies of Casa Esperanza residents.

Where can I get more information?

Contact Sofia Sanchez, ABQ Volunteers Coordinator for the Mayor’s Office, at (505) 768-3017 or

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Disclaimer of Liability
Public participation in the One ABQ Challenge is entirely elective and is intended to promote cross-generational civic engagement and creativity in our community. Participation in the One ABQ Challenge does not make any participant an agent, employee, or volunteer of the City of Albuquerque. The City of Albuquerque, its employees, directors, and agents, do not assume liability for, or in connection with, any community service project undertaken by any person as part of the One ABQ Challenge. The City does not supervise any community service project undertaken as part of the One ABQ Challenge, and does not give express or implied endorsement of any particular community service project undertaken as part of the One ABQ Challenge. Participants in the One ABQ Challenge are encouraged to undertake their respective community service projects responsibly and with reasonable care, and shall assume the risks inherent to the nature of the particular community service project they have elected to participate in. Service project organizers and participants assume responsibility for all costs and equipment associated with their project.

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