Assets In Action: Celebrate Assets all month long

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year … Assets Month!
My hope is that you’ll continue to build Assets all month long and in a variety of ways.
The biggest day on the calendar this week is Friday. On Friday, we ask that you wear a college or military T-shirt to demonstrate where you or a family member received their lifelong learning.
In addition to that, I ask that you email me a picture or post in on the Assets In Action Facebook page. Last year, I had the pleasure of running around town and snapping photos of county employees, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos employees, school staff, senior citizens and more all supporting Assets throughout the day.
This year, I have to work on Friday and won’t have the opportunity to enjoy a really great visual throughout the day.
Our email address is AssetsInAction@att.net or you can text the photo to 505-695-9139.
I already know that UNM-LA, Los Alamos County and a handful of schools are excited to participate once again.
On Tuesday, local businesses will also begin supporting our program with our annual Change for Change campaign. While in the past only two locations have collected, this year many local businesses are supporting the Assets by collecting your spare change.
Collection spots are available at Aspen Copies, CB Fox, the Children’s Clinic in Los Alamos and White Rock, Metzger’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, Morning Glory Bakery and more. We will remind you of these and others throughout the month.
The most important thing we are raising funds for is our annual Community Asset Awards. The program recognizes 40 to 50 area do-gooders that do wonderful things in our community, the state and even the world.
There are a great many projects we do throughout the community, but the Community Asset Awards is something that highlights the people that make this community great.
Last year our award winners represented youth, adults and senior citizens. It is a program I would hate for the community to lose, due to budget cuts and one I will fundraise to make sure it happens.
One thing I will demonstrate for youth is that even when something goes wrong, if you really believe in it, hang in there and see it through.
This is definitely a “When life gives you lemons” moment and I intend to squeeze those lemons to get that lemonade and maybe even sell some in the process too.
On Sept. 9, the Los Alamos County Council will proclaim it Assets Month and we look forward to celebrating all month long.
September is also National Attendance Awareness Month and building relationships is one way to encourage kids to be in school.
Many programs are here to assist, if you need a friendly ear, some advice, a plan, a strategy, or some serious help, most are free confidential and just a phone call away.
If you need any of the above, let Assets In Action help.

The Assets In Action column and College/Military day is sponsored by the LACD and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).