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The mission of the Sandoval County Rural Committee is to build connections to help UWCNM understand the changing needs, developments, issues and service gaps Sandoval County faces so that we can better identify ways to support the rural communities in our service area.

For more information about the Sandoval County Rural Committee, please email LaNika Bullington.


Bring together health and human services organizations to identify critical issues in both rural and urban Sandoval County. Topics include:

  • Community improvement
  • Provider barriers
  • Brainstorming solutions

The Sandoval County Rural Committee held its first ever Sandoval County Provider Summit in March of 2015:


The following Sandoval County programs are currently being supported by UWCNM's Community Fund.

Community Fund Partners

Program of:

Grant Amount: $12,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Alivio Caregiver Support Program

(Funded under Financial Stability)

Alivio is an internal funding stream that provides Adult Day Services for low- income, under/uninsured frail, elderly, disabled, and vulnerable adults and seniors in need of services but who do not qualify for funding and can't afford to pay for services privately. Alivio also provides Respite and support for their Family Members and Caregivers.

Program of:

Grant Amount: $89,760
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: ARCA Foster Care Services

(Funded under Financial Stability)

ARCA's tradition of providing stellar supports to people with disabilities began in 1957. ARCA's caring and expertly trained staff help hundreds of children and adults successfully live their dreams, work, learn, have fun and develop friends while enjoying health, safety and happiness.  For six decades,  ARCA has provided opportunities for individuals to lead meaningful lives and continues to work together to open doors for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be valued members of the community.

Launched in 1978, ARCA Foster Care Services is the only resource for specialized foster care in New Mexico. This program trains, licenses and provides 24/7 support to biological and adoptive families who open their homes and heart with stability and safety for medically fragile children, their siblings and families.

Program of:
Education | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County
Grant Amount: $14,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Building Independence through Education: Preparing Central New Mexico's Students for Success in Adulthood

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Are you in that job now, or has your career path had multiple twists and turns along the way?

As adults, we know that it’s not unusual to hold multiple jobs throughout one’s lifetime, sometimes in multiple industries, yet we still ask our children what they want to be when they grow up, as if there’s only one career in their futures. Not only will they be likely to change jobs multiple times; but they will be required to demonstrate great adaptability and resourcefulness to thrive in an economy that is being rapidly transformed by technology and globalization.

Students and parents agree that we are not doing enough to prepare our future workforce. According to the 2017 Strada-Gallup College Student Survey, only a third of students believe they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market (34%) and in the workplace (36%). Additionally, a 2017 Junior Achievement USA survey shows that 77 percent of teens – and the same percentage of parents – are concerned about their ability to have a successful career as adults in light of global competition and automation.

To prepare students well for these challenges, we need to be doing more across our community to expose students to a broad range of jobs and careers and to help them develop the critical foundational skills that will prepare them for success beyond high school and college.

Additionally, only two in five of American adults use a household budget (JA USA, 2017). One in three American adults have no retirement savings (JA USA, 2017). And the average household credit card debt in 2017 was $10,955 (Survey of Consumer Finances, U.S. Federal Reserve, 2017). Based on these statistics and the significant lack of financial education in high schools, our young people will not be ready for their financial futures. Their role models are struggling with their own finances.

Through the Building Independence through Education Program, JA of NM's volunteer tutors partner with high school educators to bring in-class financial education, entrepreneurship and/or work readiness programs to students. Additionally, JA of NM's volunteer business partners will welcome high school students into their work sites for career exploration and readiness opportunities.

Through the Building Independence through Education Program, 880 high school students that attend Rio Grande High School, Cleveland High School, Bernalillo High School or NACA will participate in the JA Job Shadow or JA Career Success Program (35 to 40 classrooms). Those same 880 high students that attend Rio Grande High School, Cleveland High School, Bernalillo High School or NACA will also participate in the JA Be Entrepreneurial, JA Personal Finance or JA Exploring Economics Program (35 to 40 classrooms). Thus, each of the 880 students will be taught one career readiness class and one financial literacy class, for a total of two separate classes.

Based on the high schools that JA of NM has chosen to work with for this program, the majority of students benefitting from the program will be economically disadvantaged.  These schools' Free and Reduced Lunch Classification range from 35% to 85%.  This indicates that 35% to 85% -- or an average 60% -- of students reside in households with incomes between 130% and 185% of the poverty level. 

The expected impact of the Building Independence through Education Program is that students will complete the two classes and show an increase in skills and concepts related to work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Additionally, students will show an increase in positive attitudes toward school, graduation, post-secondary planning, etc. These outcomes are measured through pre- and post-program student surveys.

Grant Amount: $76,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI)

(Funded under Basic Needs)

According to Feeding America’s 2017 Map the Meal Gap assessment, New Mexico ranks second highest among the states for food insecurity in children. Given this grim statistic, Roadrunner Food Bank considers our food distribution at schools a moral imperative. To address this need, we launched the Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI) in the 2014-15 school year. Through this program, we provide food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, directly to children and their families at 85 elementary, middle and high schools throughout our 16 county direct service area, including 48 schools in central New Mexico. Over the past three years, CHI allowed us to increase the amount of food we deliver to schools from approximately 400,000 pounds per year to 2 million pounds with little to no cost increase.

With the Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI), schools choose the distribution model(s) and delivery method(s) that work best for them. Options include:
• Mobile Food Pantry – A once-a-month farmers-market style distribution
• Fixed Pantry – An onsite school pantry with weekly hours of distribution
• Summer Mobile Food Pantry – A farmers-market style distribution during the summer
• Weekend Backpack – A backpack containing 3-5 pounds of food to last over the weekend for children whose families cannot or will not pick up food at the school

Roadrunner staff members work one-on-one with partner schools to determine how we can best serve them, given their capacity and needs.

Aside from the nutritional impact of food insecurity, the American Youth Policy Forum cites research showing that food insecure children are less likely to perform well in school, more likely to experience behavior issues and more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system. After three years of successful implementation of the Childhood Hunger  Initiative, our client surveying indicates that access to the CHI program has a positive impact on food security among children  and results in better grades and fewer behavior problems.

Health | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County
Grant Amount: $14,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Children's Grief Center--Bereavement Support Groups

CGC's bereavement peer support groups offer an age appropriate venue for young people and their caregivers to share feelings and experiences with those in similar situations. Feeling alone, confused and angry are common emotions after the death of a loved one. Groups work to mitigate the risk that painful feelings transform into lifelong struggles.