Staff at The University of New Mexico are asked to 'pay it forward' at this year’s Staff Service Project by taking some time out of the holiday break to volunteer at The Rock at Noonday, a day shelter that serves the homeless and hungry in Albuquerque.

Since 1982, The Rock at NoonDay serves the homeless and hungry in the Albuquerque community. The Rock provides day shelter, lunch, showers, clothing, mail services, phone services, laundry service and access to additional agencies related to legal assistance, healthcare, housing, jobs and more.

Available shifts include:

  • Dec. 26 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

UNM staff are encouraged to sign up for their shift at the Staff Service Project. Each shift has a 20-person maximum. Shifts include packing food, making meals, serving meals, clearing trash and clean up.

When volunteering, staff is encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and no open-toed shoes. Hair nets and rubber gloves provided as needed.

"Every year I strive to bring UNM staff and family together to participate in “Pay it Forward” events," said Mark Reynolds, event coordinator. "For the past six years this has been a successful volunteer event and thankless donations by all. This year we decided to work with The Rock NoonDay that provides meals and other services for homeless and less fortunate people in the Albuquerque area. We are asking for 100 volunteers to help “Pay it Forward” once again."

The Rock at NoonDay is located at 2400 Second Street NW. Parking is located at the front of the building or on the south side on the street. An officer from the Albuquerque Police Department will be on site during volunteer shifts.

For more information, visit The Rock at NoonDay.