Farmworker & Immigrant Families

MISSION

To identify and organize our Church's participation in projects that support the farm worker and immigrant communities via direct outreach as well as advocate for systemic change. There are so many ways to help this underserved and often neglected population.  We welcome your ideas and encourage your involvement in this very loving and meaningful work.

We are always looking for volunteers. Whether you want to donate money or your time, we would love to hear from you. Contact Karen at migrants@uustpete.org or (727) 898-8038.

ADVOCACY and EDUCATION

For farmworker issues we support the campaigns of the extremely successful Coalition of Immokalee Workers -- advocating for fair wages and working conditions by encouraging businesses such as PUBLIX and Wendy's to participate in their Fair Food Agreement. 

We also keep current on legislation that impacts immigrants here in Florida as well as follow the treatment of refugee families and unaccompanied children from Central America who are housed in federal detention centers. Our work includes educating ourselves about the situations, gathering signatures for related petitions and organizing email/phone campaigns regarding proposed legislation. Join us, become informed and take action!

OUTREACH to IMMIGRANT and REFUGEE FAMILIES

Our local outreach to immigrant and refugee families has a two-pronged approach.

Immigrant families who are receiving legal immigration assistance from Gulf Coast Legal Services and could use an occasional helping hand with food, school supplies, utility bills and/or expenses associated with the processing of their immigration paper work.

To help refugee families acclimate to our country and our city. We are partnering with the Gulfcoast Jewish Family Services Resettlement Office who provide the social services. We are currently supporting two households of Congolese families. The first household consists of a young mother, father, grandmother and two adorable children. The boy is four years old and the girl is almost two.  The second household has two mother led families: one has two charming elementary school aged children and the other a very bright middle schooler. 

WORKING TOGETHER

Through generous participation and support from our congregation we are able to directly help farm worker, immigrant and refugee families in several ways: your Share the Plate offerings, donations of non-perishables to the monthly Food Collection, emailing your Legislators and with the refugee families: taking them on a shopping trip, helping them learn our transportation system to get to/from work and tutoring the children. Learning our language and being successful in school are critical. These are actions that really make a difference in each family's lives.

Our committee normally meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30pm to plan events and projects and to assess the progress of our work. All people and ideas are welcome. 

Whether building a relationship with the Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida or using the analysis of immigrant related legislation from the Florida Immigrant Coalition, we understand the importance of working with other organizations to achieve our goals.

LINKS for MORE INFORMATION

Coalition of Immokalee Workers’: http://www.ciw-online.org

Florida Immigrant Coalition: https://floridaimmigrant.org

Gulfcoast JFCS Refugee Services: https://gulfcoastjewishfamilyandcommunityservices.org/refugee/

Gulfcoast Legal Services: http://www.gulfcoastlegal.org/

 

 

What Can I Do?

Interest/Talent Opportunity Groups Contact
Kids Sort and distribute clothes for children of migrant farmworkers
Some Saturdays and Sundays
Farmworker Immigrant, Social Justice Karen Coale
Friendly with minimal lifting Deliver food to a family
Various times
Farmworker Immigrant, Social Justice Karen Coale

Members

Karen Coale, Chair

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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Documents

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04/16/2010 Social Justice Annual Report: 2009-2010
04/17/2012 Social Justice Annual Report: 2011-2012
06/25/2016 UU St. Pete Organizational Chart