The Old Town Optimist Club is registered with United Way of Central New Mexico and we encourage you to consider asking that your donations go towards this charity

Community Projects and Programs

The following projects & Programs make a difference in the lives of youth and the community.


Youth Appreciation Week (YAW) - Recognizes student's talents in the arts, athletics, academics and their contributions to the community.


Sports and recreation - Promotes self-confidence and physical fitness and includes:

  • Annual youth Christmas Party
  • Annual youth camp-out - 3 days
  • Athletic teams in organized leagues: Baseball, Football, Basketball, Wrestling and Soccer


Safety - Helps keep children safe in their leisure activities and encompasses the following:

  • Safety on wheels: Bicycles & Skateboards
  • Always buckle children in the back seat (ABC)


Health and Welfare - Promotes awareness of disease and provides support for children and their families.

  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Holiday Food Baskets for 200 families
  • Childhood Cancer Campaign


Culture and Education - This program prepares youth for their future and encompasses anything that makes a difference in their lives (includes senior citizens).

  • After School Literacy program at Santa Barbara/Martinez Town Learning Center
  • Senior Citizens Mentoring
  • Respect for Law (RFL)
  • Kids Speak-out Speech Contest
  • Newspapers in Education, Albuquerque Journal
  • Talking Talons Youth Leadership
  • Internet Safety