Community Services

Socorro County offers several community services under the form of five departments, each with their own department head and administrators.

DWI & Community Alternatives Program

The Socorro County DWI Program has become active in collaborating with area agencies in providing information and referral to organizations and the general public, as well as encouraging involvement, developing and engaging a viable and active DWI Council. The SCDWI program has partnered with organizations throughout the county playing an active role with Socorro County’s Health Council; SCOPE (Socorro County Options; Prevention and Education), City of Socorro Mazyor’s Drug Task Force and the SW Regional Substance Abuse Collaborative (SAC).

The Socorro County DWI Program has an active Advisory Council that has been working together towards educating and providing positive programming in Socorro County to combat DWI issues. This board is representative of the County ethnicity and concerned organizations with DWI and alcohol abuse; has continually reviewed and followed the bylaws for the council ratified by the Socorro County Commissioners. The SCDWI Advisory Council meets once a month.


  1. DWI and Distracted Awareness and Education

  2. DWI enforcement activities

  3. Public information activities aimed at the driving public

  4. Other activities and programs aimed at reducing DWI related problems.

Socorro County DWI Board and Advisory Council

Socorro County DWI Board and Advisory Council

Literacy Program

Literacy Volunteers of Socorro County (LVSC) was established in 1989 to foster and promote increased literacy among Socorro County’s 17,000+ residents. Accredited through ProLiteracy, LVSC provides literacy opportunities for adults and their families to acquire skills that will help them become more effective members of their families, communities, and workplaces.

LVSC is a financially self-supporting, non-profit organization, that relies on support from local resources to help continue and expand literacy efforts in the community. We are a volunteer-based, professional organization committed to providing one-to-one or small group tutoring to functionally illiterate adults and to adults lacking English language skills and other literacy skills such as vocational computer competency.

LVSC provides training and certification for its volunteer tutors. LVSC provides a variety of classes including Basic Reading, English as a Second Language, Vocational Computer Skills, Pre-GED instruction, Citizenship instruction, as well as instruction in Life Skills, Prevocational Instruction and Workplace Literacy classes.

LVSC services are provided free of charge.

Adult Programs

  • Basic Reading

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Pre-GED & GED Instruction

  • Hi-Set Instruction

  • Basic Computer and Vocational Computer Skills

  • Citizenship Instruction and more…

Tutoring sessions are offered one-on-one or in small groups

FREE to all learners!


Be a Tutor!

Volunteer just 2 hours a week! Help an adult learn to read or write in English. It can change someone’s life. We will train you and provide instructional materials for FREE! We are always looking for more tutors.

If you'd like to volunteer, please call Maggie Olguin (575-835-0589 ext 1108) or email

Maggie Olguin


PO Box I
1410 Ake Avenue
Socorro, NM 87801

Our office is located in the Socorro County Senior Center.

Board of Directors

Carol Palmer, President
Kathleen Ocampo, Vice-President
Britta Herweg-Samuels
Naomi Castaneda
Martha Salas

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Support the Literacy Program

Together we can make a difference and break the cycle of illiteracy in Socorro County. Former adult students have completed literacy instruction, received their GED certification, and are now progressing successively in college. But many more need your help!

Your participation and support can make a huge difference. Please consider supporting the program financially with a tax deductible donation. As always, please know that your donation is utilized entirely in Socorro.

Please consider helping by tutoring an adult who wants to learn how to read or speak English fluently.

Your support will help maintain the literacy program and supply the instructional materials necessary for each adult to receive literacy help.

If you can help, please call Maggie Olguin (575-835-0589 ext 1108) or email

Literacy Resources

Tutor Resources

Senior Programs

The Socorro County Senior Services Program offers services to local seniors such as congregate meals, home delivered meals, transportation, assisted transportation, homemaker services, chore services, senior recreation opportunities, and volunteering.

Linda Murillo


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Senior Centers

Socorro Center

1410 Ake Avenue
Socorro, NM 87801

7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Monday through Friday

Veguita (Northern) Center

894 Hwy 304
Veguita, NM 87062

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Monday through Friday

Magdalena Center

500 Ninth Street
Magdalena, NM 87825

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Monday through Friday


Congregate Meals

Meals are served daily, Monday through Friday, at all three centers from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Meals are prepared primarily at the Socorro Center with particular items prepared at the outlying centers. All three centers utilize the same menu which meets the Required Daily Allowance for persons 60 years of age and older.

Home Delivered Meals

Seniors who are home-bound may be eligible to receive home delivered meals.

These meals are provided to frail, home-bound and at-risk elderly individuals after an in-home assessment is completed by our staff. Individuals utilizing this service must not able to physically attend the senior center.

Volunteer Programs

The Socorro County Senior Volunteer program gives seniors ages 55+ the opportunity to utilize their skills in our community. The program is based at the Socorro County Senior Center.

Foster Grandparents
The Foster Grandparent Program offers volunteer opportunities to low-income senior citizens 60 years of age and older. The volunteers are provided a $2.45 per hour stipend as to allow them to provide their services at no cost to themselves.

The Foster Grandparent volunteers provide one-on-one support to those children with special and/or exceptional needs. Teachers assign volunteers to those children identified as needing special attention. The Foster Grandparent have become a great source of support to the community and to the education systems.

Senior Companions
The Senior Companion Program provides volunteer opportunities to low-income senior citizens 60 years of age and older. The volunteers are provided limited in-home assistance and peer support to frail/isolated home-bound elderly. The main purpose of the Senior Companion Program volunteers is to help elders remain at home.

Eslinda Olney


Transportation Services

Seniors who have completed a proper assessment and have demonstrated a need, are eligible for transportation services. In order to utilize services, eligible seniors must contact the Socorro Senior Center for centralized scheduling at 575-835-4633.


The Program maintains an appointment book and we schedule calls for all appointments on a first come, first serve basis.

If a slot is booked, we won’t be able to accommodate a request. Users are asked to reschedule your appointment in order to book a ride with us or find other means of transportation.

Transportation for grocery shopping is provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am to 11:30am by appointment only.

Transportation to the Center

Seniors who are scheduled for transport to the Center will be picked-up and and provided transportation to the center by 9:00 AM and from the Center after the congregate meal at 12:00 PM.