Pancakes on the Plaza will celebrate its 46th anniversary on July 4, 2023. Each year, the event continues to grow, and Santa Fe residents consider it a “must attend” summer event with pancakes, entertainment and a car show.
Through the support of sponsors and volunteers, over the years the Rotary Club of Santa Fe’s Pancakes on the Plaza has benefited numerous local family-oriented nonprofits by awarding more than $750,000. In celebration of its centennial year, the Rotary Club of Santa Fe is partnering with the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and ¡YouthWorks! as recipients of two major grants totalling $500,000.
The Rotary Club of Santa Fe is thrilled to be partnering with the Santa Fe Children’s Museum as part of our 2024 Centennial Project! We have worked together to bring the vision of the Van of Enchantment — a museum on wheels — to life as well as funding the renovation of the
Santa Fe Children’s Museum amphitheater.
The Van of Enchantment will bring the magic of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum to you! This will allow the museum to serve Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico rural and tribal communities in the areas of education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, with a special emphasis on the humanities.
The Rotary Amphitheater will be a central gathering place in Santa Fe Children’s Museum acre-plus outdoor space, The Backyard, is located adjacent to the Children’s Museum on Old Pecos Trail. It will be constructed to provide ADA accessible entrance and pathways, a musical park with instruments, seating, and multi-use performance space.
A goal of ¡YouthWorks! is to develop stable housing so all its clients can be assured of a safe place to live while engaging with the agency.
Problem: For as many as a third of the young people ¡YouthWorks! serves, their ability to benefit from job training, education, and counseling is limited by their insecurity about a place to live. For them, homelessness is either real and current, or a constant potential issue.
Process: To form a team of local entities and individuals with housing development expertise to create a duplicable model of housing for its most housing insecure clients.
The role of ¡YouthWorks!: To enhance the effectiveness of its job training, educational, and counseling programs providing housing for young people who are enrolled in those programs.
The role of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe’s Centennial Project support is to provide seed money for the housing goals of ¡YouthWorks! and to actively participate in the task force supporting these efforts.