May Newsletter

-Finals Week Survival-

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You have made it, almost! Finals week is quickly approaching or for some of you, you are right in the thick of it! While you may feel like there is no way you will ever make it to summer break, YOU WILL! Below you will find some simple tips and reminders to help make finals week a bit more manageable (the first three are the most simple, and probably the easiest ones for us to ignore!).

1.     SLEEP! At this point you probably want to set up a temporary bed in the library, but don’t. Taking time to sleep will actually help you retain information you have been working so hard to remember. If you must pull an all-nighter, make sure you are making time to nap before you have an exam.

2.     HYDRATE! You know all those coffee and energy drinks you have been consuming to keep you from sleeping (see #1), they are actually dehydrating you. Dehydration can cause you to be sleepier and can give you headaches, neither are good when you need to keep studying. I am in no way saying give up caffeine, but do make sure you are balancing your caffeinated drinks with water!

3.     EAT HEALTHY! Food is your body’s form of fuel. When you feed your body unhealthy foods it doesn’t perform as well as it could. While tasty, and easy, cookies, pizza, cheeseburgers, etc. will actually hurt you in the long run. Try to get in three full meals a day and snacks in between. Snacks like yogurt, fruit, granola bars, nuts, and beef jerky will help keep you full and focused during those marathon study sessions/exams.

4.     PRIORITIZE! Finals week can be so overwhelming because it feels like everything has to happen all at once, and well it kinda does. Sit down and write out a plan. Which exam is first? What may be your hardest exam that you will need to put the most effort into studying for? Do you have projects or papers that could be finished and taken off your plate early? Pick a few things to work on at a time and finals week will seem much more manageable.

5.     TAKE BREAKS! Studying non-stop with no breaks is not helpful for your learning. Study, and then take a break to let your mind absorb the information. This will help you be more motivated to continue to study if the rewards are small breaks to focus on things you enjoy doing.

6.     EXERCISE! By just doing 30 minutes of exercise a day you will help relieve stress, increase your ability to focus, give yourself more energy, and release those feel good endorphins! Do some yoga, head outside and take a walk or a jog, play a game of basketball, just get up and move!

7.     BE POSITIVE! A lot of stress comes from the way we are talking to ourselves. Don’t set yourself up for failure, by telling yourself you will never get a good grade on your exam. Think positively and realistically. Remind yourself how much you have accomplished this semester and have confidence in the work you have put in up until this point!

Think of finals week as a challenge you know you'll overcome. You have had a finals week before and survived right? This time will be no different. GOOD LUCK, WAEF knows you will do well!

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360Alumni Updates

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-More new jobs and internships posted!! These jobs are only posted for WAEF students and alumni. Take advantage of the searching and networking WAEF does on your behalf and check them out!

What’s going on at WAEF?

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-NEW Career Tour! You gave us feedback and WAEF is listening. WAEF will be hosting two half day career tours (with lunch included). June 18th in Wenatchee, and June 19th in Yakima. These tours will have a major focus. Wenatchee’s focus will be Engineering and Agriculture with visits to Van Doren Sales and McDougall and Sons, Yakima’s focus will be Business Administration/Accounting and Production and Horticulture with visits to Moss Adams and Kershaw Companies.

More information on these career tours will be sent to you very soon!

-SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEONS! Save the date for this important event that celebrates your scholarship as well as the donor that has made it possible. Wenatchee luncheon will take place on Monday July 23rd and the Yakima luncheon will take place on Monday July 30th. More detailed information will be sent to you as the event gets closer.

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-Care package addresses went out to volunteers! If you sent WAEF your address, expect to see a care package in the coming months (April/May).

Thank you cards- These packages are put together by our volunteers who spend lots of time and energy on them, and love doing them! Since they are volunteering their time, it is important for them to know how much you enjoyed your package. We don’t know how to precisely track the impact of the thank you notes and emails you send but know they make a big difference when it comes time to renewing care package volunteers and scholarship donors.  We’ve asked volunteers to include a note in the care package identifying who they are with their mailing and/or email address.  PLEASE take the few minutes to send a note directly their way.  They don’t ask for thank yous but absolutely deserve them.

What should you write? 

          Let’s start with the greeting.  If your packages comes from an individual, please address your note to that person, i.e.: with “Dear Ms.      ,”.  If your note comes from a group of people, address the note to the group, such as “Dear Moss Adams,”. 

          Let them know what you’re thanking them for and why it matters to you. “Thank you for the care package!  It means so much to me to know that there are people out there cheering for me.  I shared the delicious treats with my new roommates and have your note of encouragement on my desk.” (Obviously use your own words to match your specific circumstances J)

          Then share about you!  Volunteers are assigned new students each year.  They want to know where you’re from, what year of school you’re in, what’s your major and how did you pick it, and what you want to do with your life.  This can be as superficial or as in depth as you feel comfortable and have time.

          Close with a second “thank you!”

Thank you notes sent through the traditional mail or electronic mail are all welcome! 

For those of you who have sent out your thank yous, we have heard from the volunteers, and they so appreciate hearing from you! It really does mean a lot.

WAEF SPOTLIGHT

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We would like to take a second to honor our seniors who graduated this winter or will be graduating this spring. WAEF is so proud of all you have accomplished and continue to accomplish! (If you are senior and do not see your name on this list, it means you need to e-mail Kelsey back!)

Ana Gomez

Austin Reed

Brenda Aparicio

Cesar Guerrero

Darci K. Saucedo

Derek Robinson, after graduation will be employed with Wilbur Ellis

Devin Smith

Elisabeth Sitio-Herrera

Fernanda Chavez, after graduation will be attending graduate school at EWU

Gerardo Rosales

Grace Martin

Ivonne Villa, after graduation will be substitute teaching in the Pasco School District

Jasmin Flores

Jesus Rivera

Jesus Heredia, after graduation will employed with G.S. Long Company

Jesus Ramirez, employed at Washington Fruit and Produce

John Haas, after graduation will be employed with Wilbur Ellis

Karla Bahena

Kimberly Vazquez, will be employed as a teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.

Librado Barajas Jr.

Luz Maria Silva, employed at Allan Brothers

Magdaleno Jesus Rodriguez, after graduation will be employed with Washington Fruit and Produce

Melisa Sanchez-Leyva

Nancy Tovar-Garcia

Natalie Beall

Osvaldo Castro, employed with Yakima Air Compressor and Equipment

Raul Arroyo, after graduation will be attending graduate school at WSU.

Riley Martin

Rubid Portillo

Sandra Mendoza

Seleni Bueno

Shelby Dietrich

Stephanie Badillo-Sanchez

Stephanie Gutierrez

Thalia Bustos, employed as a bank teller

Esmeralda Gonzalez-Arroyo

WAEF is excited to continue to follow your journey! Be on the look out for specific information on the luncheons that will be sent to you.

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MAY

Alejandro Ramos

Alondra Ayala

Alonso Ruiz Martinez

Anahi Rodriguez Garcia

Casey Jackson

Cesar Cuevas

Citlalli Rodriguez

Daisy Montejano

Delaney Struzel

Esmeralda Gonzalez-Armenta

Fernando Rodriguez

Carolina Calderon

Jesse Gomez

John Haas

Juan Rivera-Macias

Marcos Quiroz

Marisol Vargas

Rachel Hawkins

Sahian Cruz

JUNE

Amairani Martinez

Amarilis Santiago

Austin Radebaugh

Brenda Castaneda

Derek Robinson

Heidy Granados Lopez

Itali Bautista

Jessica Puente Arroyo

Jesus Heredia

Katia Perez

Katie Grubb

Kimberly Vazquez

Marcos Cardenas

Maribel Andrade

Michelle Adame

Omar Calderon

Ryan Groeneweg

Sami Everhart

Sandra Larios

Stephanie Badillo-Sanchez

Yvette Llamas

JULY

Ana Gomez

Brian Hawkins

Cameron Cupp

Daisy Angeles

Edgar Ramirez

Elisabeth Sitio-Herrera

Esmeralda Ochoa

Gabe Tyrrell

Grace Martin

Hugo Mata

Isabelle Wilkinson

Jasmin Flores

Jennifer Perez

Jesus Mendoza

Jesus Ochoa

Joel Chavez

 Johnathan Bobadilla

Jorge Gordillo

Jose Torres-Arellano

Lacey Desserault

Luis Cortez

Jesus Rodriguez

Mariana Ramirez

Natali Amador

Natalie Padilla

Omar Alegria Soto

Sayexi Martinez

Shelby Dietrich

Thalia Bustos

AUGUST

Alejandro Tinoco Pio

Alondra Torres Tapia

Austin Reed

Brenda Avina

Carlos Olmos

Chance Messer

Claudia Selene Cervantes

Coraima Gomez

Cynthia Hernandez-Farfan

Darci K. Saucedo

David Mejia Juarez

Edgar Apolinar

Edgardo Quiroz

Estephanie Mendoza

Ilse Leyva Manzanarez

Jade Pettibone

Miguel Rivera

Oscar Lita Moreno

Roberto Guerrero

Rubid Portillo

WAEF wishes you all a very happy birthday!

 

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This is the last newsletter for the 2017-2018 school year! Newsletters will begin again in September 2018! We hope you enjoy your summer break and look forward to seeing you at the scholarship luncheons this July.

 

April Newsletter

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S O C I A L   M E D I A

Finding a job in today’s job market is very different than it was ten years ago. Instead of waiting to find jobs in local newspapers, jobs are now posted everywhere. Similar to the change in where and how jobs are posted, is how employers hire and how potential employees find and communicate with employers.

Today, one of the most effective tools for ‘building your brand’ and networking to find your future career is, social media. This should come as no surprise to you! What may be the most surprising part of this is just how much your social media accounts can play into landing the job of your dreams or not even getting that first call interview for the position. With social media playing a such a large roll in your future career, it’s time to take a look at your accounts and prep them for your future or current job hunt!

1.   Keep it Professional-

·        This one is a no brainer. Questionable photos and posts (this includes ones you share!)? Delete them, and steer clear of them in the future. Unsure if the post is questionable? Try the newspaper test. Would you like this on the front page of your town’s newspaper? If not, get rid of it! Questionable posts include posts with bad language, racist or defamatory statements, inappropriate photos, whining excessively, or extreme political views. TIP: Check your privacy settings and make sure you are approving friends posts before they become public on your social media accounts.

2.  Match up your Information/Make Sure It’s Complete -

·        Your information on your Facebook and Twitter should not be different than your information on your LinkedIn. Inconsistencies about your school, job history, etc. do not look good to someone looking to hire you. While you are going through and checking this information, make sure you have a complete profile. Having nothing for employers or recruiters to see is just as bad as oversharing information.

3.   Make sure your E-mail is Easy to Find-

·        Don’t make employers search for way to contact you if they are interested. Make sure your contact information is updated and it easy for someone who wants to hire you to find. While you are at it, your e-mail should be something professional, cutiepiez156548641231@gmail.com is no longer an acceptable e-mail address.

4.   Join Career Focused Groups-

·        This is especially true on LinkedIn. Joining groups that have a focus on an industry you want to be apart of are very beneficial. Recruiters may visit these groups to look for qualified candidates. Do the same thing on Facebook and Twitter. Follow groups related to your career path to keep in the know of important issues and topics.

5.   Professional Profile Photo-

·        Having a professional headshot is vital for LinkedIn. Use this same photo for your Twitter. You don’t necessarily need to use this same photo for Facebook, but it wouldn’t hurt. Lucky for you, WAEF hires a professional photographer at the scholarship luncheons every year to take headshots for each student, FOR FREE! Take advantage of that!

6.   Search, Search, Search-

·        Now that you have updated and cleaned up all your social media, use these sites to find a job! It is rare that recruiters will just simply reach out to you, while you sit back. Be actively looking for jobs and reaching out to people about opportunities. This includes searching hashtags for opportunities, following job boards, and networking with people in industries you want to break into.

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Cleaning up your social media does not mean removing all your personality from your social pages, but with 65% of employers acknowledging they use some type of social media to make their hiring decisions, it is worth your time. So, go out, get social and land that job with the help of your social media accounts!

360Alumni Updates

-More new jobs and internships posted!! These jobs are only posted for WAEF students and alumni. Take advantage of the searching and networking WAEF does on your behalf and check them out!

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What’s going on at WAEF?'

-NEW Career Tour! You gave us feedback and WAEF is listening. WAEF will be hosting two half day career tours. June 18th in Wenatchee, and June 19th in Yakima. These tours will have a major focus. Wenatchee’s focus will be Engineering and Agriculture, Yakima’s focus will be Business Administration/Accounting and Production and Horticulture.

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More information on these career tours will be sent to you soon!

-If you filled out your renewal application, notice of your scholarship will be sent out this month.

-Care package addresses went out to volunteers! If you sent WAEF your address, expect to see a care package in the coming months (April/May).

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Thank you cards

These packages are put together by our volunteers who spend lots of time and energy on them, and love doing them! Since they are volunteering their time, it is important for them to know how much you enjoyed your package. We don’t know how to precisely track the impact of the thank you notes and emails you send but know they make a big difference when it comes time to renewing care package volunteers and scholarship donors.  We’ve asked volunteers to include a note in the care package identifying who they are with their mailing and/or email address.  PLEASE take the few minutes to send a note directly their way.  They don’t ask for thank yous but absolutely deserve them.

What should you write? 

          Let’s start with the greeting.  If your packages comes from an individual, please address your note to that person, i.e.: with “Dear Ms.      ,”.  If your note comes from a group of people, address the note to the group, such as “Dear Moss Adams,”. 

          Let them know what you’re thanking them for and why it matters to you. “Thank you for the care package!  It means so much to me to know that there are people out there cheering for me.  I shared the delicious treats with my new roommates and have your note of encouragement on my desk.” (Obviously use your own words to match your specific circumstances J)

          Then share about you!  Volunteers are assigned new students each year.  They want to know where you’re from, what year of school you’re in, what’s your major and how did you pick it, and what you want to do with your life.  This can be as superficial or as in depth as you feel comfortable and have time.

          Close with a second “thank you!”

Thank you notes sent through the traditional mail or electronic mail are all welcome! 

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Ana Patricia Trejo

Ariana Mendoza

Brandy Woodward

Catalina Santos

Citlali Yanez Sanchez

Emmanuel Espinosa

Esteban Garcia

Evelyn Mejia

Gabriela Ramirez

Jacob Cleveringa

Jennifer Magana

John Rawley

Karina Mendoza

Kayla Stanchfield

Lidia Anaya-Rodriguez

Lizet Cruz

Maria Magdalena Torres

Martimeano Villa

Nancy Barajas-Caballero

Nancy Tovar-Garcia

Veronica Hernandez

Wendy Garcia

WAEF wishes you all a very happy birthday!

March Newsletter

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- Interview Preparation -

Some of you may be preparing to graduate, applying for jobs, and preparing for those first few interviews after college, others of you may think preparing for a big interview is something you don’t need to worry about yet. While you may have plenty of time, preparing for interviews does not just mean choosing the best outfit, or making sure you brushed your teeth (although, these things are important too)! There are things that can be done long before HR calls you to schedule that big interview!

Things to do long before your first big interview:

     Identify what you have you sell.

·        An interview is all about selling yourself to a future employer. Identifying your top skills and experiences that relate to the position, before the interview, is important. Having these skills and experiences pre-thought out will help you speak about them clearly and directly without having to think of things on the spot. 

     Prepare a few ‘go to’ questions.

·        At the end of an interview, no matter who or where it is for, they generally ask you if you have any questions. Here’s a chance to show the interviewer your strategic thinking skills. Instead of questions like “Tell me about working here”, try “I would like to know more about the company’s culture and values, would you mind sharing those with me”. Having a list of three rehearsed questions will help them seem much more natural and help you be more confident!

     Practice, practice, practice!

·        Practice interviewing out loud with friends, family, mentors, etc. The more you can hear yourself answering interview type questions, the more confident you will be in what you are saying! If you say something weird in the practice, no problem, you will know not to say that during your real interview!

You get the call; your big interview is coming up! Things do:

    Plan ahead when scheduling your interview.

·        When scheduling your interview, make sure you are giving yourself plenty of time to get yourself ready, and travel to the interview. If it can be helped, do not schedule your interview on a day when you have several other commitments. Feeling rushed is never good for anyone!

   Get primped for the interview.

·        Make sure you look your very best! Overdressing will always be better than underdressing for an interview. Google interview outfits to see what other people are wearing, and what is appropriate. When you look good, you are automatically more confident!

    Do your homework.

·        Not your actual school work, although that is important to! Do your homework on the company or organization you will be interviewing with. Checking out their website and reading a bit about them would be the minimum amount of research you should do. The more you know the better you are prepared for questions they will ask you.

While this list doesn’t include all the ways to prepare for an interview, it offers a great start! Don’t forget, you will make mistakes! Do not dwell on these mistakes! No one leaves an interview thinking it was perfect. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be, and the better your interview will be!


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INTERVIEW POP QUIZ!!

Want the chance to win at 50.00 Amazon gift card?! That’s right 50.00 for answering a few simple questions! E-mail your answers to Kelsey at Kelsey.martinson@waef.org. The first person to e-mail me the correct answers wins!

1.     I should always turn off my cell phone before heading into any job interview? True or False?

2.     If the interview is around lunch time, it is okay to bring food into the interview to snack on. True or False?

3.     If I have friends or family drive me to my interview, it is okay for them to come in and sit down. True or False?

4.     The real me will shine through in my interview no matter what I am wearing, jeans or a suit. True or False?

5.     I should always make my ideal salary known in the first interview, there’s no point in beating around the bush. True or False?

6.     Sending a thank you card is an important way for to make yourself stand out, whether you want the job or not. True or False?

7.     Being fashionably late to an interview is okay. It shows the interviewer that I’m not desperate for the job. True or False?

EMAIL YOUR ANSWERS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN! The first person to get them all right and send Kelsey an e-mail will win!


360Alumni Updates

-More new jobs and internships posted!!

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What’s going on at WAEF?

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-Update your address with WAEF! E-mail have gone out asking for your current mailing address for Spring care packages! Even if you think we have your current address please send it to us again. It is incredibly important that this address is correct, so care packages are not returned. Our volunteers spend a great deal of time putting these together, and it is disappointing when they are returned to them.

Get your address to Kelsey (Kelsey.martinson@waef.org) by Monday March 19th, at the latest, to be sent a care package.

-Thank you to everyone who filled out the renewal application and who completed their interviews! Our interviewers enjoyed getting to know more about you!

~Add our number to your phone book! WAEF now has the availability to text you reminders for events, or about upcoming deadlines. Just add (509) 663-7713 to your phone book so you don’t miss important updates. Have questions about the deadline or event? Just reply to our message and we will be able to answer them for you.


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Alejandro Jimenez

Arnulfo Mercado

Axicalli Godinez

Dianna Sanchez

Elizabeth Aguinaga

Emily McCullough

Fernanda Chavez

Jessica Oules

Jesus Ramirez

Jorge Madrigal

Lizette Parra

Oswaldo Gonzalez

Sandra Mendoza

Serena Peterson

Shaelynn Logozzo

Sofia Acosta

Zenaida Ruiz Martinez

February Newsletter

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N E T W O R K I N G

noun  net·work·ing  \ ˈnet-ˌwər-kiŋ \

: the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.

Whether you realize it or not, you are apart of a network. A group that includes your parents, other family members, your friends, current and former co-workers, current and former supervisors, teachers, WAEF staff and volunteers, etc. People in your network generally know you well and could speak to your abilities. Like you, these people in your life all have networks and connections of their own. Here is where networks become beneficial to you and your future career.

Person A in your network knows Person B who is hiring for a position (that your degree happens to match). Person A and Person B are in the same network. Person A recommends you to Person B. Because these two people have a relationship, Person B decides it would be a good idea to interview you. You’re in! All based on connections you and people in your network have.

So, you might be thinking, that’s great, but I don’t have anyone within my network right now that could help me with my future career. If that is the case, it’s time to start building that network! There are millions of ways to go about this, below you will find a few of the easiest tips and tricks that can make a huge impact.

1.     Join LinkedIn- Think, Facebook but for professionals looking to connect with other professionals. Don’t wait until to you graduate, anyone can create a LinkedIn profile. Do remember it is a professional site, grammar check all profile materials, and refrain from Facebook type selfies as pictures. See someone that career path and interests you? Ask them to connect.

2.     Take advantage of clubs and groups around you that can provide connections to your desired career. These clubs and associations can give you the opportunity to meet a variety of interesting people. WAEF is an excellent example of an organization you are already apart of that can connect you with professionals. Did you attend the holiday luncheon, career tour, scholarship luncheon, or regional dinner? Do you have a 360Alumni account? Chances are you met professionals at those events or have access to them. These professionals because of their connect with WAEF want to help you succeed. Use those connections!!

3.     Internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering can all help you make connections. Don’t discredit that summer job, or volunteer opportunity, you never know what you may learn or who you may meet that can help you in your future career. Stay in touch after to you leave a summer job or internship, even if it’s just a check in e-mail to see how things are going.

4.   Reach out to faculty or other staff at your college. Especially those within your major. Professors love talking about their work to interested students. Pick their brains about professions in your major, you never know what connection they may be able to help facilitate.

5.   Have a solid “elevator” speech ready! What is an elevator speech? It’s a short 30 second introduction that you can use through e-mail or in person to tell someone quickly what you are all about. It may sound easy, but without pre-planning, the question “tell me about yourself” can leave several people tongue tied. Below you will find a template of a quick and easy way to write your “elevator” speech/email.

Hello, my name is ____________ and I am completing a ____________ degree in ____________ at _______ with a minor in ____________. I am interested in a career in (or position as a) ____________ in the ____________ field (industry). I have been involved (during college) in ____________. This has helped me develop skills in ____________. I have also had an internship position (employment) as a ____________ with ____________ and discovered that I really enjoy ____________. Could you tell me more about ____________ (yourself, types of jobs your company offers, a little bit about your background). 

This short elevator speech template can work well in person or through e-mail. If you are e-mailing a potential network connection, be sure to include who referred you or recommended that you reach out to them.

Template from: https://www.kent.edu/career/your-one-minute-elevator-pitch

Remember to relax, networking is about building relationships with people based on common interests and helping people out when you can. Essentially, networking is making new friends!

 (Speed Networking at this year's holiday luncheon in Wenatchee)

(Speed Networking at this year's holiday luncheon in Wenatchee)


360Alumni Updates

New jobs posted!

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What's Going on at WAEF?

-Renewal e-mails have gone out! If you filled out a renewal application, please check your e-mail and follow the directions Talia has sent you.

In the e-mail there is a very important budget section. This must be completed before your phone interview.

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If you have any questions, e-mail Talia or call the office (509)663-7713.

-Need to preview your application before your interview? Login to your scholarship account and you will be able to see all the information you put in previously.

~Add our number to your phone book! WAEF now has the availability to text you reminders for events, or about upcoming deadlines. Just add (509) 663-7713 to your phone book so you don’t miss important updates. Have questions about the deadline or event? Just reply to our message and we will be able to answer them for you.


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Agustin Cuevas

Amaris Casarez

Anthony Boteilho

Araceli Perez

Basilisa Jimenez

Cindy Vasquez

Daisy Mejia

Dora Dominguez

Evelyn Negrete

Genesis Reyes-Siliva

Jana Russell

Jose Espindola

Liliana Navarro

Michael Hayes

Raul Abundiz

Stephanie Gutierrez

Ivan Morales

Victor Chacon

WAEF wishes you all a very happy birthday!

January Newsletter

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I N T E R N S H I P S

We hear all the time that internships are a very important part of the job hunt, but why? Isn’t my degree I spent four years (or more) working on enough? The honest and tough answer is, no it isn’t. While taking on one more thing in your already busy schedule can seem a bit overwhelming, there are several reasons why it is a wise choice for you and your future career.

WHY

1.   Employers want to see that the new employees they are hiring have some experience (resume builders!).

·        Experience will always be a factor in the hiring process. The more experience you have the better and more likely chance you will be hired over another candidate. Internships are impressive resume builders that can help you get that first interview.

2.   Internships allow you to take your career plan for a “test drive”.

·        You graduate high school, head off to college, and suddenly you are declaring a major (aka what you are going to be doing for the rest of your life)! That’s a pretty important decision to make without any other knowledge than what you hope to do with that degree. Internships allow you to see different work environments, and a variety of jobs that could be done with your degree. Not what you had hoped your path would be? Good news, you can change it up without being stuck in a job you don’t enjoy.

3.   You will build new skills that can’t be taught in the classroom.

·         Building your professional social skills, real world problem solving skills, teamwork, and leadership skills, can be difficult to do in the classroom setting. In an internship you are able to sharpen or develop all these skills and much more. Another way to boost your skills section on your resume!

4.   It may lead to a job offer!

·        While you should not go in to an internship expecting a job offer, it is fairly common for companies to offer full time employment to interns who have had a successful experience with them. If a job offer isn’t made, a very valuable recommendation for a future job, could be a positive outcome.

HOW

You may be thinking, ‘okay I know that internships are important, I hear it all the time! I need to know HOW to get one.’

1.     Visit your college’s career center; They may have leads on internships based on their connections with employers who send them opportunities.

2.     Visit 360Alumni or contact the WAEF office; we are in the process of working with a variety of HR professionals to help them post their internships and summer employment with us. Be on the look out for new postings as spring gets closer.

3.     Utilize the connections you have already made; did you attend the WAEF Summer Luncheon, Holiday Luncheon, Career Tours? During those events you were able to network with a variety of professionals, use those connections you made to help you secure an internship opportunity. The people attending those events want to help you succeed, so utilize them!

4.     Career Fairs; if your school is hosting a career fair, you need to be there! Not only will you find out information about different careers, you can find out more information on the internships that are offered in your area of interest.

5.     Look at company websites; if there a company you are interested in working for, check out their employment section online. They may have internship opportunities posted for you to view.

If you have participated in an internship, great! If you haven’t, set a goal of submitting at least one resume for an internship before spring break. Easy, and your future job-seeking self will thank you!


360Alumni Updates

-2017-2018 Scholarship Renewal is now OPEN and posted on 360Alumni under the Events section. This is not an actual event you need to attend, but 360Alumni is the only place the link is posted so you can easily access the renewal application. Questions about whether or not you qualify? E-mail or call Talia at talia.barajas@waef.org or (509)663-7713.

DEADLINE is JANUARY 15th, 2018

(THAT IS IN TWO WEEKS!!)

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-New jobs and internship opportunities are being posted every day. Check in often as this time of the year is when companies begin thinking about their summer opportunities!


Mentorship Opportunities

We have heard from several of you that mentorships are of interest to you. WAEF is continuing to find people to become mentors to meet this need. On 360Alumni you will now find that this section is called Professional Resources. While the people listed on 360Alumni could be a mentor for you, they are also available to simply answer questions, or do a onetime informational interview. They are there for you to utilize however you need. Below you will find two of the mentors/professional resources currently listed on 360Alumni. They are ready for you to reach out to them with your questions!

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Nate Rubio: is the Human Resource Director for Washington Fruit and Produce farm locations. Nate has a bachelors degree in Human Resource Management and a masters degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University.

Nate is a former WAEF student, and has been a volunteer with WAEF for the last five years. Nate is a great resource for all students who have questions about HR, hiring, the tree fruit industry, etc.

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Jesika Harper: is a Senior HR Generalist at Northwest Farm Credit Services where she is responsible for recruiting, university relations, and corporate wellness. Her agribusiness experience includes work with Cargill and ConAgra Foods. Jesika grew up in Central Washington on her family’s orchard. She is a graduate of Regis University in Denver, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and HR.

Jesika has volunteered at several WAEF events, and most recently, participated in the panel dicussion on internships at the WAEF summer luncheon. She is an excellent resource for internship, hiring, and resume questions.


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What’s going on at WAEF?

~Surveys about career centered events have gone out! Please take time to fill out this survey honestly so we are able to create career events that are useful to you.

~Add our number to your phone book! WAEF now has the availability to text you reminders for events, or about upcoming deadlines. Just add (509) 663-7713 to your phone book so you don’t miss important updates. Have questions about the deadline or event? Just reply to our message and we will be able to answer them for you.


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Brenda Medina

Brian Smith

Emory Reed

Erika Betancourt

Irvin Lugo

Jaqueline Velazco

Jasmin Guerrero

Jesus Rivera

Lindsey Brown

Luz Estrada

Miguel Alvarez

Nancy Ortiz

Riccardo Luna

Rubi Gutierrez

Teresa Mata-Cervantes

Ulises Sanchez

Yoselin Perez

WAEF wishes you all a very happy birthday!!

December Newsletter

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Resume Writing

You know your major, you know what career field you would like to enter, now, it’s time to create a one-page marketing document to sell your experience and education to land your first career job. This one-page marketing document, also known as a resume, serves as an employer’s first impression of you, so you must make it good!

Crafting a full and engaging resume is no easy task, especially when you may not have the most experience in the field you want to enter. Don’t panic, review the advice from various hiring managers and HR professionals to help you create a resume that will land you a job!

1.   Brainstorm

Take time to sit down and brainstorm all the things you have done in college career. Things like volunteering, classes you have taken, extracurricular activities, leadership roles you have taken on, and any awards you have received. Having a list of these accomplishments will ensure you don’t forget anything as you begin to write your resume. It will also make it to easy to list the activities and accomplishments that apply directly to the job you are applying for.

2.   Highlight your Education

While most experienced workers list their education at the end of their resume, recent graduates should put this information at the top. Your education section of your resume should include; your school name, your degree, GPA (if high), any academic awards, and any course work that specifically relates to the job you are applying for.  

3.   Take a Close Look at Your Extracurricular Activities

Involved in a sorority or fraternity, or other campus organization, that you coordinated events for? Played sports throughout high school and into college? These activities can all be used to demonstrate your expertise in a variety of areas. Spend time reviewing these activities and putting them into words that would apply to a job you are applying for. For example, if you coordinated a fundraising event for a school group, provide specific data on that event to allow it to sound more professional ‘coordinated 50 volunteers, and secured $500.00 in auction items’. This will help show how your current skills can transfer into the professional world.

4.   Organize Your Resume to fit Your Experiences

Basic resumes have sections for Objective, Education, Work History, Accomplishments, etc. If these sections do not fit with the information you have, change them! Maybe you have a large amount of relevant volunteer experience, add a section entitled Volunteer Experience. Have skills that would be desirable to your next employer? Create a Skills section to highlight these talents.

5.   Review Sample Resumes from Your Desired Field

Check out what sample resumes on the internet for your specific field. This will help you get a better idea of what employers in that industry are looking for. Do not, however, copy the resumes word for word, but use them as a starting point or a guide to help develop your own.

6.   Ask Someone to Review Your Resume

At WAEF, we will review your resume to make sure you have included as much information as possible and have marketed yourself to the best of your abilities. We are not the only people who will do this for though, many of your schools have career centers with professionals that will look over your resume. Know someone in an industry you would like to break into? Ask them to review your resume, and ask for any feedback on areas that may need to be changed.


360Alumni Updates

-2017-2018 Scholarship Renewal is now OPEN and posted on 360Alumni under the Events section. This is not an actual event you need to attend, but 360Alumni is the only place the link is posted so you can easily access the renewal application. Questions about whether or not you qualify? E-mail or call Talia at talia.barajas@waef.org or (509)663-7713

DEADLINE is JANUARY 15th, 2018

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What’s going on at WAEF?

Holiday Luncheons will be taking place this month! Wenatchee’s holiday luncheon will be on December 19th, 2017 at Pybus Event Center. Yakima’s holiday luncheon will be on December 20th, 2017 at Le Chateau. Both events are on 360Alumni. Log on, select the location that works best for you, click register and save! This is the only way to confirm your spot.

RSVPs must be received by December 11th.

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Career Tours will be held on December 21st for both Yakima and Wenatchee. For those of you who have not attend career tours before, these tours are a time to explore a variety of diverse job opportunities, job environments, and ask questions about an assortment of career paths. Career tours are now posted on 360Alumni, please choose one location that works best for you, click register and save! There are limited spots for the tours to RSVP as soon as possible. If the tours do not fill up the last date to RSVP is December 15th.

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Add our number to your phone book! WAEF now has the availability to text you reminders for events, or about upcoming deadlines. Just add (509) 663-7713 to your phone book so you don’t miss important updates. Have questions about the deadline or event? Just reply to our message and we will be able to answer them for you.

 

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Happy Birthday!!

Amanda Oliver

Angelica Sanchez

Beatriz Medel Martinez

Bryce Robison

Cecilia Luevanos-Casas

Christopher Huizar

Esequiel Barajas

Gardenia Contreras

Jennifer Warren

Joshua Pfenniger

Juan De La Cruz

Lane Berry

Maria M. Garcia

Olivea Oyler

Oscar Ramirez

Riley Martin

Rylie Sweem

Stephanie Olivera

Tanya Godinez

Yarleth Farias Ramos

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November Newsletter

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Career Planning

For some of you, entering the ‘working world’, may seem like a long way away, but it is never too early to begin planning for the career you want, or exploring careers that may interest you.

To begin the process of exploring careers that would best fit your personality and wants, check out the steps below!

1.   Visit your college career centers

Do not wait until your senior year to check out your college’s career center. These centers will help you with everything from choosing a major, finding internships, writing a resume, preparing to job search, mock interviews, etc. Take advantage of these resources early, to make sure you are entering a profession that you enjoy. Unsure of what your career services center does? Visit your school’s website and search career services, or contact Kelsey Martinson at Kelsey.martinson@waef.org and she can help you find information or a contact at your school’s career center.

2.   Assess your skills and personality

Your personality, skills, values and interest all effect the types of careers you may be interested in. Take time to explore these things about yourself to help you decided on a career or major that is right for you.

·        http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Home_ExploreCareers.aspx (Enter your interests and this assessment will give you your top career choices)

3.   Explore careers related to your chosen major

Already decided on a major? Great! Do you know what you are going to do with major in the ‘real world’? If not, it’s time to start thinking about that. Some ways to do that include;

·        Information interviews with people in a profession you are interested in.

·        Visit https://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/ to help you find out what careers people are doing with your same major.

·        Apply for internships in a field that matches your needs and wants in a career. Internships will help you learn what you like and do not like about certain professions and working environments.

·        Visit http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Home_ExploreCareers.aspx (to explore what careers will be in demand and want type of salary you can expect from them)

4.   Participate in career activities

·        Many college and universities sponsor career fairs where you can meet and learn about a variety of employers.

·        WAEF hosts Career Tours in December, and is an excellent way for you to see and experience a variety of career options.

5.   Make sure all workplaces experiences are successful ones.

No matter what type of work or volunteering you are doing while in college, it is all important, and should be taken seriously. These employment or volunteer opportunities can all be used on your resume when you graduate, which is helpful because you may not have a great deal of experience.


360Alumni Updates

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Don’t miss out on the opportunities that are being posted, and are just for you!!

-4 Job/Internship opportunities

-10 Professional Resources/Mentors ready to connect and answer questions you may have or provide other types of assistance to you! WAEF’s professional resources come from a variety of backgrounds including; Accounting, Non-profit management, Human Resources, Communications, Sales, Law, Orchard Management, etc.

-2017-2018 Scholarship Renewal is now OPEN and posted on 360Alumni under the Events section. This is not an actual event you need to attend, but 360Alumni is the only place the link is posted so you can easily access the renewal application. Questions about whether or not you qualify? E-mail or call Talia at talia.barajas@waef.org or (509)663-7713


What's Going on at WAEF?

Holiday Lunches will be taking place on December 19th in Wenatchee and December 20th in Yakima!

Career Tours- will be held on December 21st for both Yakima and Wenatchee. For those of you who have not attended career tours before, these tours are a time to explore a variety of diverse job opportunities, job environments, and ask questions about an assortment of career paths.

Keep an eye out for both events to be posted on 360Alumni soon!

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Thank you cards- If you sent us your address by the deadline, you have received or will be receiving a care package! These packages are put together by our volunteers who spend lots of time and energy on them, and love doing them! Since they are volunteering their time, it is important for them to know how much you enjoyed your package. We don’t know how to precisely track the impact of the thank you notes and emails you send but know they make a big difference when it comes time to renewing care package volunteers and scholarship donors.  We’ve asked volunteers to include a note in the care package identifying who they are with their mailing and/or email address.  PLEASE take the few minutes to send a note directly their way.  They don’t ask for thank yous but absolutely deserve them.

What should you write? 

 Let’s start with the greeting.  If your packages comes from an individual, please address your note to that person, i.e.: with “Dear Ms.      ,”.  If your note comes from a group of people, address the note to the group, such as “Dear Moss Adams,”. 

Let them know what you’re thanking them for and why it matters to you. “Thank you for the care package!  It means so much to me to know that there are people out there cheering for me.  I shared the delicious treats with my new roommates and have your note of encouragement on my desk.” (Please use your own words to match your specific circumstances!)

Then share about you!  Volunteers are assigned new students each year.  They want to know where you’re from, what year of school you’re in, what’s your major and how did you pick it, and what you want to do with your life.  This can be as superficial or as in depth as you feel comfortable and have time.

Close with a second “thank you!”

Thank you notes sent through the traditional mail or electronic mail are all welcome! 


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At the end of the summer, all students who have shown interest in entering the tree fruit industry, were invited to submit an essay to qualify for the Carl Perleberg Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship covers room, meals, and travel expenses for students to travel to and attend the Washington Tree Fruit Industry’s Annual Meeting on December 4th-6th. The submission deadline was October 15th and the recipients of the award were notified at the end of October.

Congratulations to John Haas, Cesar Cuevas, and Magdaleno Rodriguez for being chosen for this award!

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Anahi Gomez

Angelica Bustos

Ariadna Espino

Cindy Tinoco Heredia

Diana Picazo

Eli Jenkins

Elizabeth Vaca

Esmeralda Flores

Janet Romero

Jorge Valencia

Jose Ortiz-Garcia

Karla Bahena

Kassandra Salas

Laura Quintero Martinez

Mayra Rodriguez

Molly Thies

Natalia Esquivel-Silva

Neil Carleton

Raul Arroyo

Salvador Salazar Cano

Seleni Bueno

Uriel Ramirez

 WAEF wishes you all a very happy birthday!!

October Newsletter

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BUDGETING IN COLLEGE

Budgeting is an important skill, not only now in college, but throughout your entire life.

Some important words to note when discussing a plan for your expenses;

          Income: The amount of money earned from wages or other sources.

        Budget: A plan on how you will cover your expenses with your available income.

The American Bankers Association’s recommended budget can be seen below:

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While setting up a budget based on these guidelines may seem like a difficult or dull task, but tracking your income and expenses will go a long way in trying to keep your finances in order!

Budgeting information pulled from; ‘Budgeting for the Real World’ presentation provided to WAEF by Washington Trust Bank.

Some quick tips to manage your money:

1.     Be realistic about needs vs. wants

2.     Always guess high for expenses, you will be happy when you end up having extra money.

3.     Always guess low for income, again you will be happy when you have extra!

4.     Review and revise your budget based on changing income or expenses.

5.     Forgive yourself if you don’t follow your budget perfectly, you may overspend now again, just make sure to get back to your plan!

Tips revised from: http://www.cicmoney101.org/Articles/Paying-For-College-10-Budgeting-Tips.aspx


BUDGETING APPS

Check out these helpful and easy to use apps to help yourself stick to your plan!

-Mint

-You Need a Budget

-GoodBudget

-Wally


360 ALUMNI UPDATES:

There is lots of activity happening on WAEF’s 360Alumni site! If you haven’t been checking in, you may miss out on some great opportunities.

-6 Job/Internship opportunities

-7 Professional Resources/Mentors ready to connect and answer questions you may have or provide other types of assistance to you!

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-2017-2018 Scholarship Renewal is now OPEN and posted on 360Alumni under the Events section. This is not an actual event you need to attend, but 360Alumni is the only place the link is posted so you can easily access the renewal application. Questions about whether or not you qualify? E-mail or call Talia at talia.barajas@waef.org or (509)663-7713


What’s going on at WAEF?

Regional dinners are coming up! Check below for the date and location of your dinner.

Ellensburg- 10/3/17 Ellensburg Pasta Company 6:00pm

Yakima- 10/5/17 Antojitos 6:00pm

Seattle- 10/9/17 The Ram (University Village) 6:00pm

Cheney- 10/17/17 Mason Jar 6:00pm

Wenatchee-10/19/17 South-Pybus Market 6:00pm

*To attend the dinners, please RSVP on 360Alumni under the Events section*

Holiday Dinners will be taking place on December 19th in Wenatchee and December 20th in Yakima!

Career Tours will be held on December 21st for both Yakima and Wenatchee.

More details will be added to 360Alumni soon!


Career Chat with an Alum

Xochitl Velazquez- Lender, Cashmere Valley Bank
WAEF Recipient 2009-2012

When looking to returning to the Wenatchee Valley I looked into different career options, one of them being banking. I wanted a career that related to my field of study, Business Administration, while at the same time allowed me to serve my community. For the past year I have been a Lender for Cashmere Valley Bank. In this role, I have learned about the banking industry but more importantly about managing personal finances and credit. Strong budgeting skills translate into good credit, which is key when applying for a credit card, purchasing an auto or a home.

As a consumer myself, I am more conscious of my financial decisions because they affect my borrowing ability in the future. One of the highlights of being a lender is helping customers with their financial needs, whether that be building their credit, purchasing their first car, or establishing a line of credit for their home improvement projects. I am responsible for seeing the loan process from start to finish. Meeting with customers to discuss credit options is the first step. I am then responsible for gathering the necessary information to begin the loan process, followed by a financial and credit analysis. Lastly, I communicate the loan decision with the customer and meet with them to sign loan documents if the loan is approved. Each loan request is unique, making everyday a learning experience.

Overall this career path has helped me professionally but also on a personal level. I enjoy working with my community members and look forward to learning more about the banking industry.


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Alondra Rodriguez

Angel Diaz Anaya

Brenda Guzman Luna

Brenda Aparicio

Brianna Reeves

Carla Beltran

Cody Jenks

Daicy Leyva Sanchez

Daniel Castro

Daniela Castro

Eileen Morales

Emily Holden

Erika Arias

Ian Ritchie

Imelda Andrade Anguiano

Jennifer Salazar Rodriguez

Kelly Benson

Lizeth Perez

Natalie Beall

Tanner Empey

Vanessa Larios

WAEF wishes you all a very Happy Birthday!

September Newsletter

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T I M E   M A N A G E M E N T

Time management, a term you may hear a great deal in your college career, but how do you manage your time if you feel like you don’t have any time in the first place? Take a deep breath and try out a few of these simple tips WAEF volunteers, and staff used to help them manage their time in college, and hey, they survived so they must be helpful, right?

1.     Create a to-do list at night for the following day so you can get up and get on it right away. – Hannah Poush.

2.     Edit and add to this to-do list throughout the day so you know what needs to be accomplished. – Kailan Dunn

3.     It is OK to make some sacrifices & prioritize what's most important. It doesn't make you any less successful. –Ruth Ortiz

4.     I recommend getting a planner to help plan your classes and any assignments you have –Talia Barajas.

5.      Go to class and do not procrastinate on assignments!!—Nate Rubio

6.     Get a big desk calendar and color code assignments, tests, and extracurricular activities – Xochitl Velazquez

7.     When studying, reward yourself to keep motivated (example: after finishing X number of chapters or problems, giving yourself a 5 minute break)—Abril Lopez

8.     Say no sometimes! Go out and experience everything you can, but sometimes you will need to say no to make sure you are focusing your attention on high priorities, like your education –Kelsey Martinson


360 A L U M N I

Have you set up your account on 360Alumni? If you have great! If you haven’t, you are behind on a requirement for your scholarship. Follow these easy steps and sign up for your account!

https://waef.360alumni.com/

1.Select sign up with e-mail

2.Type in first and last name

3.Sign up with your e-mail and create a password

Once you create this account you will have access to our growing site which now includes;

-2 job postings

-5 mentorship postings

-Several groups for you to join and get connected with

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What’s going on at WAEF?

Regional dinners are coming up! These dinners a fun and causal time for you to get to see old friends, meet new friends, and most important, be fed! Come as you are, chat, have some fun, and eat!

Pullman- 9/27/17 Nuevo Vallarta 6:00pm

Ellensburg- 10/3/17 Ellensburg Pasta Company 6:00pm

Yakima- 10/5/17 Antojitos 6:00pm

Seattle- 10/9/17 The Ram (University Village) 6:00pm

Cheney- 10/17/17 Mason Jar 6:00pm

Wenatchee-10/19/17 South-Pybus Market 6:00pm

RSVP by going to 360Alumni (https://waef.360alumni.com/ ), all dinners will be listed under ‘Events’. E-mails will be sent out inviting you to the dinner closest to you.

C A R E   P A C K A G E S

Care packages will be coming your way soon! Please send WAEF your updated address where you will receive your mail at college. It is incredibly important that this address is correct so care packages are not returned. Our volunteers spend a great deal of time putting these together, and it is disappointing when they are returned to them. Look out for an e-mail from Kelsey that requests your address and reply as soon as possible!


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Alejandra Arteaga

Cesar Guerrero

Chensey Ramynke

Daniel Gonzalez

Denys Diaz

Devin Smith

Fernando Gonzalez

Gerardo Rosales

Herly Perez

Isaac Wall

Ivonne Villa

Jazmin Chavez

Jesus Duarte

Librado Barajas Jr.

Luis Ferreyra

Luz Maria Silva

Maria de Jesus Castaneda

Maria del Carmen Castaneda

Melisa Sanchez Leyva

Osvaldo Castro

Rosa Moreno Leon

Victoria Rose

Yaneli Reyes Martinez

WAEF wishes you all a wonderful birthday month!