The Foundation’s projects and proposed projects include a wide assortment of short-term community improvement projects as well as projects designed to increase and enhance long-term stability of our community’s service organizations and businesses. We welcome your support.
Proposed 2018 Projects for Hagerman Valley’s Future
New Corrected Street Signs for USPS, Title and Emergency Services: Evidently about 5 years ago, when the street signs were updated, they were incorrect. This has caused major problems for title insurance companies, the post office and emergency services. We are seeking donations to fund new signs for Hagerman’s streets.
The Foundation is interested in the ideas and proposals you may have for the future of our community and in welcoming visitors. Please contact the Foundation at your earliest convenience.
2017 Projects for our Local Community & Visitors
Hagerman Valley News™: The Foundation has chosen to further its community goals by providing a monthly Community Newsletter mailed free of charge to every address in Hagerman and Bliss, approximately 1600 homes. It combines business ads with news from our many community organizations such as the National Park Service, our State Parks, Library, Schools, Churches, Senior Center, Cowboy Poet Society, Fire Department, Hagerman City, the Food Bank, Obituaries, Pathways and the Foundation. We are seeking newsletter sponsors to ease the burden of advertising for our nonprofits and community organizations.
Weekend Farmers Market: This season was the first Farmers Market Hagerman has ever had. There were over 2000 attendees and over 50 vendors were involved, with an average of 11 vendors per market. Held Sunday afternoons, the 2018 plan is to expand the market from 10a to 3p, giving both visitors and locals time to visit. Free Farm Roadside Stand guides with maps of the Hagerman Valley roadside stands were created and passed out at the market to everyone that wanted one. The vision is to generate a real desire for our local produce, bringing a constant stream of buyers to the local community.
New Swing Set for the City Park: The old swing set is gone and the new swing set frame has been installed! Besides raising almost $1500 from the local community, the Foundation applied for and received a $5000 grant from First Federal Foundation. Both the swing and the grounds around it will be ready for use by this spring. A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS!
Hagerman City Sidewalks: The Foundation is working with the City to apply for grants to pave ADA compliant State street sidewalks, then improve the city lights and beautification. We are working closely with the City Supervisor in coordinating a master overview of the city park, parking lots, the bike path and other efforts by the city and other organizations. We are seeking donations to raise matching funds for this project.
Fossil Day Parade: The Foundation brought back a tradition that has been missing for several years! The excitement and involvement was amazing, with 25 parade entries, over 200 people involved in the parade, and 600 in the city park for the after parade festivities including live singing and dancing performances. A great tradition has been brought back to life to stay!
Sculpture Garden in City Park: The Foundation is dedicated to reviving our artist community in as sustainable a way as possible. The Hagerman art revival has begun with two sculptures on display in Hagerman City Park crafted by renowned local artist Mark Stasz. These pieces are for sale through the Foundation, and when sold, will be replaced with more wonderful art for a constant sculpture garden in the city park.
Experience Works Employment for our Seniors: The Foundation, as an approved nonprofit, is now partnering with a federal program that assists low-income, unemployed people 55 years of age or older who meet specific income and residence requirements to provide part-time employment opportunities for them. This brings valuable paid assistance to the Foundation’s efforts at not cost to the Foundation, while providing increased income for residents and the local businesses they patronize. Truly this is a win-win-win for the entire community!