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AFOP's SAFE AmeriCorps Collecting Clothes for Our Country's Farmworkers
Date:5/12/2010

AmeriCorps members provide a vital service that protects the farmworkers who harvest our country's food.”

SAFE, which stands for Serving America's Farmworkers Everywhere, is an AmeriCorps National Direct project currently deploying 28 volunteers from Maine to California. The members provide pesticide safety education to seasonal and migrant farmworkers. 70% of the farmworkers they train have worked many years in the fields without ever receiving training on pesticide exposure and the risks associated with it. Members also provide a variety of other farmworker health and safety training, including heat stress prevention, take-home pesticide exposure prevention, healthy homes training, and maternal health awareness.

For more information about the clothing drive please contact Benjamin Brokaw at (410) 546-4604 ext 119.

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs is the national federation of nonprofit and public agencies that provide training and employment services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. For additional comment or interview, please contact Ayrianne Parks at (202) 828-6006 x140 or Parks(at)AFOP(dot)org.

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