Congress continues to grapple with the difficult issue of immigration. Meanwhile, states like Florida continue to depend on the workers who are vital to Florida’s agriculture industry. Since 1997, Harvest of Hope has distributed more than $1 million dollars in emergency and educational financial aid to migrant farmworkers and families throughout the United States. The Director of the Harvest of Hope Foundation, Phil Kellerman, talks with Donna Green-Townsend about the economic and health struggles of migrant workers.
Since the airing of this special, Kellerman has announced he will be closing the Harvest of Hope Foundation. In an email posted on August 7, 2013 he wrote:
This is the final communication concerning the closing of the Harvest of Hope Foundation (HOH). The total amount of emergency and educational financial aid provided to migrant farmworkers and families by HOH was $1,092,591.00.
If you wish to continue to support migrant farmworkers and families, I highly recommend financial donations be made to the following three great migrant-service organizations providing health, legal and educational assistance.
1) National Center for Farmworker Health. www.ncfh.org. Click on “Call for Health – Your Donations.”
3) BOCES Geneseo Migrant Scholarship Funds. www.migrant.net. Click on “Scholarships.”
In addition, I am using proceeds from my private eBay sales to pay for the shipping of donated footwear to migrant families. If you have gently used and/or new shoes, sneakers and boots to donate, please contact me at my new email address which is firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 352-262-5421.
Last, in the spirit of HOH, the company “Book iT” (bookit.com.bz) will donate 50% of the sales of donated books to the children of migrant farm workers in textbook scholarships and school supplies at the beginning of each school year. If you have books to donate please contact Todd Williams or Edward Ray by phone at 352-371-9970. You can also email them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all the support given to HOH over the years. And please stay in touch.
On his webpage he writes: “In my “retirement” I will focus my attention advocating for needed immigration reform and fund-raising for the National Center for Farmworker Health, the Migrant Legal Action Project and the BOCES Geneseo Migrant Scholarship Funds.” If you have further questions, email him at email@example.com or call 352-262-5421.