DACC Offering Assistance For Ruidoso Wildfire Victims

Doña Ana Community College (DACC) is offering assistance to those who are affected by the wildfires in and near the village of Ruidoso.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared a state of emergency in Lincoln County and the Mescalero Apache Reservation. DACC is currently providing assistance to our students and their families who were evacuated from their homes. DACC faculty and staff will be prepared to support students who are impacted.

The college will be connecting students with resources available through the Avanza student support services program, such as academic counseling, mental health services, and financial aid assistance.

DACC is also working on providing a central location for students to access information and resources related to the fires and their academic needs. “This is a stressful and uncertain time for them, and we want to ensure they receive the full support of our school community,” says Dr. Andy Burke, interim chancellor of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) System of Community Colleges. The NMSU Alamogordo campus is making space available on its campus to support first responders through an agreement with the City of Alamogordo.

DACC directs those who want to offer donations to visit the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico’s Greatest Needs Impact Fund webpage at https://cfsnm.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create/fund?funit_id=4993.

NMSU’s College of ACES (Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) is also accepting physical donations of water, non-perishable items, clothing, undergarments and pet food. Donations may be dropped off at Gerald Thomas Hall, 940 College Dr. Room 221 until Monday, June 24th at 9 a.m.

NMSU’s American Indian Program is also accepting donations of water, snacks, sports drinks, coolers and hygiene items for the Mescalero community. Those donations may be dropped off at the American Indian Center, 3015 Andrew Wall Pl., until tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The South Fork Fire has burned approximately 16,300 acres and is at 0% containment. The Salt Fire has burned approximately 7,000 acres. Updates can be found at https://www.ruidoso-nm.gov/south-fork-fire.

For more information, please contact news at news@dacc.nmsu.edu.