Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
AmeriCorps National Direct FY 2011 (Continuation)
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) is the national federation of non-profits organizations that provide a variety of services to improve the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The SAFE AmeriCorps program provides pesticide safety education and health education outreach to farmworkers and their families in 11 states. Using a training delivery model that AFOP has pioneered and perfected, the AmeriCorps members bring training materials directly to the fields, vegetable and fruit packing sheds, labor camps, farmworker housing, and anywhere they can reach out to this population that remains isolated, underserved and marginalized. Because of our AmeriCorps members' efforts, thousands of farmworkers have access to this life-saving information about pesticide poisoning, heat-related illness and other health issues such as HIV/Aids, domestic violence, diabetes care and nutrition. Our members are recruited from the farmworker community and are able to provide training in a culturally and linguistically appropriate that is sensitive to the low literacy, poverty, and language barriers that typically keep farmworkers from health information, services and facilities. SAFE AmeriCorps members provide translation/interpretation services at health and dental clinics, and assist farmworkers in navigating complex systems and processes at health and legal service providers. Because our members know their communities well, they are able to leverage resources through partnerships with employers, service providers and faith based groups.