Pool Upgrade Ensures Bright Future for Local Swimmers—And Cortez
When the starting blocks at the city pool fell into disrepair, Cortez's local swim club's existence was uncertain. With LOR’s support the club upgraded the pool, which helped the team stay afloat and brought an economic boon to Cortez.
One Local Resident Helps Cortez Move Beyond Single-Use Plastics
When Laura Herrick realized how many plastic bags were being used in Cortez, she devised a plan to reduce the number by at least half, with a little help from LOR.
Cortez Restores an Essential Community Gathering Space
Nearly a quarter century after it first opened, the Lewis-Arriola Community Center needed a little love to remain an essential community asset. With a little help from the LOR and others, the volunteer-run gathering space is ready for the next generation of celebrants.
Apple Valley School Expands Childcare Options in Lander
Childcare options were already limited in Lander when COVID-19 forced some centers to close, leaving more than 100 families without reliable childcare. So a few locals got together to create a new option and—with LOR's help—expand their facility to accommodate more kids.
Bringing Lander’s Young Professionals Together for Good
Retaining young workers was hard even before the pandemic, but a few Lander locals saw an opportunity to bring young professionals together—building a stronger community and new generation of leaders in the process.
Recharge Rooms in Taos Help Teachers and Staff Contend With Stress
Taos Municipal Schools is debuting dedicated relaxation spaces for teachers who have confronted staff shortages, enormous workloads, and a flood of pandemic-related disruptions.
A Vet-Led Program Helps Address Lander’s Feral Cat Problem
Lander veterinarian Lannie Hamilton knew spay and neuter programs could reduce feral cat populations by as much as 99 percent—she just needed a little LOR help to get started.
Cortez’s Southside Garden Grows Greens and Community
The new community garden's 11 plots, supported with funding from LOR, will be ready for planting this spring.
A Unique AmeriCorps Program Provides Taos Nonprofits with Local Staff
As Taos nonprofits confronted staff shortages, nine organizations teamed up to pursue federal funding that provides relief to the community-serving organizations.
The Birth of the Lander Art District
With Lander's art scene struggling amidst the pandemic, one local had an idea: establish a creative district that could benefit the entire community.
A New Bike Tech Training Program Comes to Cortez
All that Cortez's Southwest Open School needed to launch its new bike mechanic program was a shop. That's where LOR came in.
Training the Next Generation of Farmers at Central Wyoming College
Responding to a statewide decline in the number of farms, CWC's farm incubator program equips young and developing farmers with the skills they’ll need to succeed.
Bringing Lander’s VFW Post 954 Back to Life—And to the Community
After decades of use without major renovation, VFW Post 954 was showing its age. Here’s how its local leadership—with support from LOR—created a space that the entire Lander community can use.
Firewood for Taos County Seniors
With winter on the horizon and a surplus of wood on hand, local organizations connect elderly Taos County residents with the firewood they need.
Uplifting Youth in Cortez
A new craft-beverage initiative in Cortez aims to help create career pathways for young people.
Art and Essays, Shaped by Water
Through its Acequia Aquí series, the Paseo Project shares the legacy—and fragility—of the historic waterways that once brought life to Taos’ fields, gardens, and orchards.
Fighting Food Insecurity in Fremont County
Lander’s pilot Speedgoat Market connects consumers to producers—and has opened the door to countywide expansion through a potential $400,000 USDA grant.
Baling (and Building) in Taos
When the Town of Taos stopped recycling plastic, a group of locals created an innovative solution: turning waste into walls. With a little help from the LOR Foundation, they’re poised to make a dent in the overflowing plastic.
Lander Gets a Summer Spark
To fill a summer activities gap created by COVID-19 and budget cuts, nearly two dozen members of the Lander community are leading summer workshops and camps for area residents, thanks to a little boost from LOR.
Helping Lander’s Community Meal Feed More
Thanks to a bigger refrigerator, the Community Meal at United Methodist Church now feeds more than 100 people per week.
Lander Locals Appreciate Healthcare Workers
Inspired by what he saw unfolding outside his window, one Lander resident was moved to create a citywide demonstration of gratitude for healthcare workers—and you can contribute too!
Creating E-Commerce for Small Business
Informed by the experiences of five Taos businesses, this handbook can help rural merchants launch online stores.
Lander Shops Local
Spurred by COVID-19 concerns, LOR helps the Lander community bring a bevy of shop local initiatives to life, including a winter pop-up market that’s easy to replicate with a new, downloadable LOR toolkit.
Lander’s Little Free Pantry
With food insecurity growing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, an accessible and free pantry is helping to alleviate hunger.
San Cristobal’s Community Woodlot
This northern New Mexico village’s new firewood processor will help build an economy around forest health and support essential community programs.
The Soldier’s House
Using a Habitat for Humanity model, a small Wyoming group coordinates volunteer crews to help repair veterans’ homes.
As communities across the rural Mountain West race the clock to ensure a complete census count, the LOR Foundation commits $100,000 in Instagrant™ funding to help them.
A revolving loan fund helps legacy families fix and rent their historic homes, adds affordable housing, creates jobs, and draws-in newcomers to the community.
Offering career training, small business support, and wrap-around services, HIVE garners national attention as it applies for federal funding and helps a rural economy go digital.
Windows on the Future
An art exhibition in Taos brought life and vibrancy back to main street during the worst of the pandemic—and the tradition will continue in a new space today.
Taos MainStreet pairs local businesses with web developers to launch or improve their e-commerce capabilities in response to COVID-19.
An emerging platform helps volunteers to address food security, shelter, and meet other community needs in the wake of the pandemic.
Trails and Transformation
Farmers and outdoor enthusiasts partner to build trails for recreation and economic growth in the San Luis Valley.
Forged by Fire
Unexpected alliances help Taoseños protect drinking water, vital food sources, and adapt to life with wildfires.