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Fill the yellow boxes

—Suzann Owings

“We’ve placed almost a dozen yellow boxes this year,” says Pack Master David Gardner. Pack 708’s cub scouts have decorated and placed boxes to collect non-perishable food donations in Bernalillo, Algodones, Rio Rancho, and Placitas.

“The collected food will be sorted and distributed to families that can use an extra boost to their Thanksgiving celebration,” says Venus Sanford, the Coronado Optimist Club Thanksgiving Sharing Chair.

The Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison Snow Watson describes this project as “families sharing with families, all made possible by our Scouts and our partnership with the Bernalillo Public Schools.”

November 16 will be the last collection day. Ms. Sanford’s team will sort the collected food and deliver it to the schools for distribution. Volunteers, and those wishing to make additional donations, may contact Venus Sanford at 235-6812.

After the scouts finish their Thanksgiving project, they will again visit the flight simulator at the Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics, and Science Academy (SAM) in Albuquerque, and then prepare for the Bernalillo Christmas Parade.

Pack 708 has changed the location for its meetings to the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo. The weekly meetings continue to be from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. New scout members are always welcome in the Pack. Pack meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

For further information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 and/or Snow Watson, Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison, at 867-2047.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to focus on workforce-ready youth

—Augusta Meyers

With last year’s reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a renewed focus is emerging that places more emphasis on youth who are more readily positioned to enter the workforce and contribute to the local economy. WIOA, which was formerly the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), aims to streamline existing workforce-system funding streams such as the one designed to help youth ages 14 to 24.

“This is a great opportunity for us to assist a lot of individuals in the Central Region—particularly those youth who fall under the “out-of-school” category, and are at, or nearing, an age to enter the workforce,” says Odes Armijo-Caster, Chairman for the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico.

For more information, individuals can visit any of the four New Mexico Workforce Connection Business and Career Centers located in the Central Region. Services, eligibility requirements, and the locations of each of the four offices can be found at

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