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New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps

The New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps is a non-partisan volunteer team righting the wrong of poverty and injustice with grassroots action right here in Albuquerque. It's a project of Oxfam America, a non-profit organization that works with people in more than 90 countries to save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty, and campaign for social change. 

The Oxfam Action Corps is a unique program that focuses on local community organizing, or bringing people together around a shared purpose to make political change. The Action Corps provides a learning experience in which volunteers become skilled organizers, communities become powerful advocates for the rights of the poor and vulnerable, and we all change our world for the better.

Current Organizer Bios for the NM OAC:
Katherine Chavez was born and raised in New Mexico. She joined the US Navy at age 19 and served four years before moving to Hanford, California where she worked as a bartender at a Mexican restaurant. Kathy currently works as a pediatric nurse at the University of New Mexico Hospital. She became involved with Oxfam at Albuquerque’s Downtown Growers’ Market and later found herself volunteering in a kitchen full of great fresh food and wonderful, fun people. Kathy has been a co-organizer with the New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps since spring of 2013 and can't wait to do outreach at concerts and the Growers Market.

Jasmine McBeath is from Arizona, but moved to Albuquerque a year and a half ago. She works at Big Brothers Big Sisters, offering support to volunteers, families, and children. When she returned from her year in Brazil, she wanted to continue learning about development work and low-and-behold she found Oxfam. She has been a leader for the New Mexico Action Corps since the summer of 2012. Jasmine is looking forward to training new volunteers and organizing the second big community dinner on World Food Day in October.

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