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Cerro VFW Raising Money for Repairs and Upgrades

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9516 or the Charles Cisneros VFW Post in Cerro, New Mexico, is in need of repairs and updates.

“We don’t have regular funding, we just rely on fundraisers, grants, and donations,” said Cerro’s VFW Quartermaster, Lita (DD) Mead, in a phone conversation with the Questa del Rio News.

According to the GoFundMe, the floors, foundation, walls, roof, bathrooms and kitchen are in desperate need of repairs in order to be brought up-to-code. Additionally, organizers are hopeful to make upgrades to the sign, doors, windows, stage, lighting, storage, and audio visual equipment.

Veterans for Foreign Wars, commonly known as VFW’s are a non-profit organization with local branches across the United States. While the Charles Cisneros building is used for VFW business, it is also available to be rented out by Cerro community members as a local gathering place for parties and events.

The Cerro VFW received a generous $10,000 donation directly from Kit Carson Electric Cooperative on May 17, however, floor repairs alone will cost $50,000. At the time of writing this article, the GoFundMe fundraiser has raised $320 of a $25,000 goal. One can access the webpage for the fundraiser by the following web URL https://bit.ly/3JiF97K