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By The Staff

When Liz Gold and Debbie Denison turned to Self Help Inc. for financial assistance with their utility bills in 2005, the organization did more than just offer a one-time monetary payment; it provided resources so Gold and Denison could always afford to pay their bills.After researching on the Self Help website, Gold said she discovered the grants that were available. In March 2007, Gold and Dinison applied for, and received, a $1,000 Seed Money Grant.The grant money allowed them to purchase a printer, which allowed Gold, a photographer, to print her photographs and Denison to reproduce her paintings. As a result, Gold and Denison could open their gallery, Acequia Madres.“The results from it have been incredible,” Gold said.She explained, “This organization really helps people become self-supporting so they don’t need any help from organizations in the future, “ she said. “That’s really better than any hand-out.”To show their thanks, Denison and Gold donated photographs and artwork for the silent auction at the upcoming Empty Bowls Project, which is a fundraiser for Self Help. Gold explained she wanted to contribute to the auction “because I am so grateful to them for what they did for us.” They are not the only business owners and artists who are showing their support to Self Help, Amy Quirke, owner of Intergalactic Baking Company, has been providing bread to the fundraiser since 2004.The community is also encouraged to support Self Help by donating items to the Empty Bowls’ silent auction.Donations can include original art, crafts, sculpture, jewelry/beadwork, collectables such as rare books and services such as catered dinners. Auction items will be displayed at the event. This year, Self Help will be offering as an auction item a low-mileage 1999 Subaru sedan donated by a retired LANL employee and former Self Help Board member. This year marks the 15th Empty Bowls Project, which will be from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. March 8 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1000 Oppenheimer Place. For $10, enjoy the soup and bread lunch, including coffee, and desserts, listen to live music and bid at the silent auction.The Empty Bowls Project benefits clients of Self Help Inc., a United Way organization that provides assistance to families in need in northern New Mexico.Winner of the prestigious Pion Award, Self Help, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those in need in northern New Mexico. Since 1969, Self Help, Inc. has provided consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties. Each year, through grants and private and public contributions, the organization is able to support those who need help the most, during emergencies or in the quest to become economically self-sufficient.For nearly 40 years, Self Help has been supported by Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Its office is provided by the church and is located at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.To donate to the upcoming auction, contact Ellen Morris Bond at 662-4666 lash@qwest.net or Joyce Nickols at 662-2810 or bowls@selfhelpla.com. Self Help’s web address is www.selfhelpla.com.