Getting Things Done for America’s Farmworkers

By Melanie Forti, Health & Safety Programs Program Coordinator, AFOP

AFOP and the Corporation for National and Community Service are happy to announce a wonderful opportunity for 28 individuals to become SAFE (Serving America’s Farmworkers Everywhere) AmeriCorps members for the 2012 volunteer year. These members will serve migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the following states: Arizona (Campesinos Sin Fronteras), California (Central Valley Opportunity Center and Proteus, Inc.), Idaho (Community Council of Idaho, Inc.), Maine (Eastern Maine Development Corporation), Maryland (Telamon Corporation), New Mexico (Ben Archer Health Center and HELP New Mexico, Inc.), and Virginia (Telamon Corporation).

AFOP’s SAFE AmeriCorps members pride themselves on providing lifesaving information about pesticide safety and heat stress prevention, as well as assisting farmworkers and their families in other creative and important ways. Since the beginning of the program, SAFE AmeriCorps members have impacted over 550,000 farmworkers through pesticide safety, heat stress prevention, and other health-related trainings. They have also provided services and support to farmworkers in the form of transportation help; translation and medical services; food, clothing, and shelter assistance; and a variety of referrals. They have organized community events, featuring medical services, raffles, educational skits about pesticide safety, and many other activities for adults and children.

AFOP's 2011 SAFE AmeriCorps Members

Being a SAFE AmeriCorps member has many perks. Through continuing education opportunities, practice in public speaking, and improving organization skills, SAFE AmeriCorps members strengthen their self-esteem; learn how to be a team player; and gain the skills needed for successful employment after volunteer service. Full-time members (or individuals making a commitment of 1,700 hours of service) receive a child care subsidy and a $5,500 educational scholarship each year, which can be applied to existing student loans or used toward future education. Members working less than full-time will also receive scholarships for amounts relative to their term of service. All members will also receive a living allowance and health insurance.

Do you want to make a difference by providing daily support through food drives, clothing drives, and other services? Are you interested in growing your experience as a professional? If so, we look forward to welcoming you to our SAFE AmeriCorps Team in the future and helping you blossom as an individual. Together, we can get things done for America’s farmworkers.

For additional information on eligibility requirements and to learn how to enroll, please contact Melanie Forti via email at forti@afop.org.

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