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New nonprofit arrives in LA

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By Kirsten Laskey

Even community service non-profits need a helping hand from time to time and Mission Los Alamos is here to extend one.According to its website, www.missionlosalamos.org, is a Christian-based organization established to provide information on local help resources. Its founder, Evelyn Rainey, said the community needs a resource list, which the website provides. The website provides information about organizations offering everything from clothing and counseling to food and health care. In addition to the website, Rainey said she hopes to offer hard copies in public places. She added she plans to update the resource list quarterly. This is not the only work the organization will address. Rainey said she would also like to help other nonprofits “fill gaps” in the needs within the community. For instance, the Betty Ehart Senior Center offers numerous services to senior citizens. However, one service they cannot provide is home maintenance for seniors. “That is something I would like to organize,” Rainey said.Ultimately, she would like the organization to help strengthen nonprofits. Although the new non-profit is still in the development stage, it currently has four people to serve as its board and its website is nearing completion. Rainey said she plans to finish the website before the end of the year. Additionally, the non-profit is working to receive its 501(c)(3) status. The idea to establish this organization formed “back at the first of the year and people around me were losing their jobs and of course my thought was, ‘Oh my God, what can I do?’ ” Rainey said.She added she wanted to create a nonprofit that teamed up with different organizations but didn’t duplicate services.Currently, the non-profit is focusing on Los Alamos but Rainey said she would like to eventually expand to the surrounding areas.The response from local nonprofits has been positive. “(They are) all very excited and responsive,” she said. Ellen Morris Bond, executive director of Self Help, Inc, concurs. “I think that the idea of having a web-based resource center is really appropriate in a town like this,” she said.Morris Bond added although many organizations have attempted to offer an on-line resource manual, none has accomplished it. Mission Los Alamos, however, has a good start.Additionally, “I’m very much in support of it,” Morris Bond said. “(There’s) no place on-line that intersects with other organizations. The material is very user friendly that Mission Los Alamos has come up with.“I think as these projects develop, nonprofits will see a benefit to them to have services all in one place.” Another plus is that Mission Los Alamos does not duplicate services. Morris Bond said in the nonprofit world, there is high competition to get funding. The new nonprofit will not add to that competition because it is not competing for a large amount of funds and its budget is very low. “I applaud the effort that is being made by Evelyn Rainey,” Morris Bond said. Rainey has “no agenda,” she explained, her desire to have this nonprofit is “coming from a good place.”