The Doña Ana Village Association will host a party with vendors and community resources
DOÑA ANA – The newly formed Doña Ana Village Association will be hosting a fall party on October 23 with vendors of food and crafts, fresh produce, and community resources available in person.
The association was formed last year and was registered as a non-profit association earlier this year, partnering with the historic preservation committee of the village of Doña Ana to defend the colonia north of Las Cruces.
La Fiesta de Doña Ana will be held on October 23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the De La O community and outdoor market at 135 Joe Gutierrez Street.
Israel Chávez, one of the organizers of the association, said that in addition to preservation efforts in the historic area, more attention to the needs of people currently living in the community is needed.
“It was born out of a bit of frustration on the part of the community – of not feeling like they were getting the attention they needed and deserved,” Chávez said. “It’s a largely low-income community of color, where we have mixed-status families and families who have been there for hundreds of years.”
He said the group or the organizers had discussed the possibility of filing an application for the incorporation of the city, but decided not to do so at this stage as it “can be really onerous under the law of the city. ‘State”. The idea with the non-profit association is to revitalize the colony and ensure the care of those who live there.
Chávez explained that community members want to see improvements such as sidewalks, crosswalks, better access to community centers and reduced crime. And these problems are not new.
Born and raised in Doña Ana, Chávez said that upon returning to the city after being away for a decade to attend college, he noticed the same issues existed.
This first associative party will include resources such as rental assistance or help with utilities, health care, food aid, legal status and more. County officials will be in attendance as well as the local Diabetes Association, Western Sky Community Care and the Mexican Consulate will be on hand to answer questions, connect people with appropriate sources and help process documents.
“We want people to feel ‘well, this is a place I can go when I need the resources, but I can also go and it will be a good time,’” Chávez said. “We hope people will make the trip to see the oldest of the three sisters, being Doña Ana, Las Cruces and Mesilla. And we’re excited to point out that this is a community of active people, of people who want to see positive change. “
The village of Doña Ana – which shares its name with the county – is just north of Las Cruces. About 1,200 people lived in the village in 2010, according to the US census.
Chávez said the festivals will likely be held seasonally in the future.