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With over 100 attendees and three days of informative presentations and networking, our 2014 conference, Lessons In Poverty: Communities Working Together, was a wonderful success.  All five of our member CAAs were represented!

Below are photo highlights and acknowledgements of sponsors and service award winnders. (Photo credit: Noelia Mc New and Patrick Martinez)

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Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.


A big THANK YOU to our generous sponsors and presenters for making it possible for us to celebrate 50 years of community action together!

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North West Group Services, Steve Montoya

Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico & Mid-Region Council of Governments

Employment & Economic Information Center of New Mexico. LLC – Administrator Eastern Area Workforce Development Board


Community Action Partnership

Jean Block Consulting

POMS and Associates

Community Outreach Program for the Deaf


Conference attendees engaged in highly informative sessions from community action partners and members, including the following downloadable presentations:

Lobbying and Political Activity: Playing by the Rules, presented by CAPLAW Executive Director, Eleanor Evans, Esq.
Navigating the OMB Super Circular, presented by CAPLAW Executive Director, Eleanor Evans, Esq.

Strategic Planning for Community Action Agencies in Light of ROMA, Organizational Standards, and CSBG Reauthorization, by Denise Harlow, CCAP, NCRT

25+ Year Service Awards

The following individuals were recognized during the conference for their dedicated service to their communities at their respective agencies for twenty-five years or more. Please click >here to read short bios for the outstanding individuals.

Cece Arias
Neva Ortega
Dora R. Pacheco
Deborah Reyes
Dorothy Ross
Teresa Salas
Antonia Segura
Mary Tapia
Susan Zamora
Florie Baca
Virginia Chavez
Eloisa Gauna
Gloria Marquez
Yvonne Montoya
Phyllis Tabet
Rita Gonzales
Mary Perry
Sally Moreno
Angelita Brady
Cecilia De Avila


Congratulations to all conference attendees who won door prizes, random drawings, and silent auction bidding wars!  Here are just a few of the many winners and their swag:

Ida Lucero: Handmade Ceramic Bowl by Liveclay

Cora Lucero: Gift Certificate for haircut

Patrick Martinez: Amazon gift card

John Matchison: Visa gift card

Mattie Martinez:  4-pc Drinkmaster Drink Set

Merlinda Aragon: St. Clair wine

Johnny Chavez:  Car cup & freshener