NAPI Awards Local Non-Profit Organizations for Community Projects

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (“NAPI”) – Six local organizations were selected for the Navajo Pride Benefit Fund (“NPBF”) to assist their respective community project, an award worth up to $5,000.

2019 NPBF

2019 Navajo Pride Benefit Fund Recipients (L-R, back) Brandon Francis, Walton Yazzie, Tyrone Begay, Lucinda Barney, Ralph Scott (L-R, front) Karyn Denny, Julie Bedonie, Nora John, and Pamela Drake

The NPBF committee and NAPI management staff presented each organization with their award on September 25 at the main headquarters, south of Farmington, NM.

“I was really excited when I saw the letter, I was screaming in my office,” said Lucinda Barney, Community Service Coordinator of Tohatchi Community Chapter. “I told the rest of the office – the grant that we applied for, we got it!”

Tohatchi Community Chapter plans to utilize the fund for the Nakai Recreational Park. Barney explained that the park is deteriorating and the playground equipment is out of date. “With the rising diabetes in our youth and any age group, having updated equipment and new basketball courts would be a great asset and help in keeping our youth healthy and fit,” said Barney.

This is the second year for the annual NPBF that focuses on non-profit and education or community based organizations. The NPBF committee select projects based on the established criteria of the following categories: Development for Education, Programs for Youth/Senior/Veterans, Environment and Community Development, Economic Development, Agriculture or Health and Wellness.

Ralph Scott, Commander for the Indian Wells Veterans Organization explained how they needed a handicap ramp for their Veterans building. “We have one World War II Veteran left in Indian Wells, who is over 100 years old, and uses a wheelchair. We were afraid the ramp would collapse,” said Scott. “I can’t wait to see the Veterans next week in the meeting. I’m very happy and glad that you have helped us.”

 The NPBF committee selected the following organizations and their community projects:

  • San Juan County Partnership: Opioid Overdose Prevention
  • Chinle Chapter: Community Basketball Court
  • San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District: New Beginnings Community Garden
  • Tohatchi Community Chapter: Nakai Recreational Park
  • Indian Wells Chapter: Veteran Building Handicap Accessibility Ramp
  • Healing Circle Drop-In Center: Achieving Success Through Traditions and Technology

NAPI’s goal with the NPBF is to support local community projects that provide long-term sustainable benefits. The projects must demonstrate that they will eventually become self-sustaining or will continue to provide benefits to the community after completion.

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