Harvest of Hope Foundation

Philip Kellerman, President 5809 NW 67th Court Gainesville, Florida 32653 Tel: 352-372-1312 Tel: 888-922-4673 

E-mail: kellerhope@cox.net

Thanks to an inheritance from his grandmother, Dr. Helen Zand, Philip Kellerman established the Harvest of Hope Foundation in 1997 as a result of responding to calls from migrant farm workers and families via the National Migrant Education Hotline. The Foundation was developed to provide financial help, often unavailable at the federal, state and local level, to migrant farm workers and families around the country. Since the Foundation’s initiation, more than $186,000 has been distributed in emergency aid, grants and educational assistance.

Mr. Kellerman has been in migrant education since 1989 with the ESCORT Migrant Education Program, based at the New York State University College at Oneonta. He also was a special education teacher in Miami, Florida for six years. He has a B.A. in Special Education/Elementary Education and an M.A. in Special Education.

In September, 2003, Mr. Kellerman and the Harvest of Hope Foundation received an award from the Title I Migrant Education Program of the Florida Department of Education in “honor of outstanding contributions to the education of Florida’s migrant children.”

June McBride, Vice-President Outreach Youth Empowerment, LLC PO Box 536 Oakland, FL 34760 (407) 877-9630

mcbridejune@msn.com 

June McBride is currently a Counselor/Resource Teacher for the Migrant Education Program for the Orange County, Florida, Public Schools. She has helped migrant students in her district to secure over $800,000 in scholarship aid, including two Bill Gates scholarship awards. Ms. McBride has written Path to Scholarships, a workshop guide book for students to teach them on how to apply for scholarships. Along with a video and curriculum guide, she donates proceeds from sales to the newly established Path to Scholarships Fund of the Harvest of Hope Foundation. The Fund’s goal is to provide financial assistance to migrant students in college or attending post-secondary institutions.

Dina Sevayega, Treasurer 21 Feiden Latham, NY 121105001 Tel: (518) 783-0641

dsevayeg@mail.nysed.gov

Dina Sevayega was born the child of Hispanic migrant farm workers in Texas, and thus has lived the migrant experience in full. She overcame many moves and disruptions to her education as a youth to obtain her doctorate. She is currently an Associate in Higher Education/Teacher Education in the New York State Education Department. For four years, Ms. Sevayega has been involved in a service learning project at the State University College in Oneonta, New York, where she shares her migrant experiences with students preparing to be teachers and who organize activities to raise funds for the Harvest of Hope Foundation.

Michelle Rosinek, Secretary 3622 Monticello Commons Norcross, Georgia 30092 Tel: 770-447-6011

E-mail:MRos747968@aol.com

Michelle Rosinek recently went into semi-retirement and is now working half-time as a teacher of English as a Second Language in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to her teaching assignment in 1997, she was employed for 13 years at the Georgia Department of Education as an Education Program Specialist for the Migrant Education Program.

Ms. Rosinek graduated the University of Miami with a Bachelor in Education, majoring in special education. Her post graduate work was completed at Georgia State University, where she received her Masters in Special Education and Related Vocational Instruction. Ms. Rosinek has served on many regional, state and national committees for the improvement of education and services for migrant children. She has received a number of awards for community service in the Atlanta area.

Christian De Los Santos 2400 Yorktown, Apt. 80 Houston, Texas 77027 Tel: 713-626-1544

E-mail:christian904@netzero.com

Mr. De Los Santos currently serves as Elementary and Middle School District Coordinator of Migrant Programs for the Houston Independent School District. This encompasses 295 schools and 12 sub-districts within the school district. Mr. De Los Santos is instrumental in operating the Summer School Migrant Program for migrant students not served by an alternative summer program. During the year he leads a team of staff who work with three and four year olds at home. Mr. De Los Santos has conducted professional staff development to teachers who with migrant students and has been a Bilingual/ESL Instructional Supervisor.

Harvest of Hope Foundation

Do you know of migrant students and other students interested in college and post-secondary education but need financial and scholarship help?The problem most students face is properly organizing the necessary materials to apply for these scholarships.

Florida migrant advocate, June McBride, has helped migrant students in Orange County, Florida, to garner more than $800,000 in scholarships. Based on her experiences, June has produced the Path to Scholarships workbook which contains a simple organizational portfolio method, reproducible worksheets and directional guides.

The new 2003 Third Edition has 64 pages, with additional worksheets, and a CD with active web links.

For information or to order workbooks, go to www.needcollegemoney.com or contact June at: mcbridejune@msn.com. It is a wonderful resource!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each workbook will go to the Harvest of Hope Foundation to provide post-secondary aid to migrant students. June is a board member of the Harvest of Hope Foundation.

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Philip Kellerman Harvests Hope for Migrant Workers

There are more than a million migrant farmworkers in this country, but they are an invisible population, living and working in extremely rural areas that most of us never see.

“They’re also one of the poorest groups in our nation, yet we depend on them for most of the fruits and vegetables we buy in our supermarkets,” says Philip Kellerman (B.S. ’77).

A little over four years ago, Kellerman established the Harvest of Hope Foundation—the first national foundation dedicated to helping migrant farmworkers and their families. Launched with only $46, the foundation today has raised more than $130,000 and helped more than 850 migrant families.

It all began with a telephone call.

Kellerman, a former school teacher, had been working for a U.S. Department of Education program that helped the children of migrant workers continue their education. The program had created a toll-free national hotline number to further assist the migrant workers.

“We thought that if we had one nationwide number for people to call, it would make it easier for them to enroll their children in school wherever they traveled,” Kellerman recalls. “On the third day, I got a call from a migrant family from Texas whose truck had broken down in Owatonna, Minnesota. They needed $262 to fix the transmission or they’d be stranded, and unable to get to the next fields where they could find work. “That’s when I discovered that there was no national foundation to help them,” he continues. “So the entire staff pitched in, and we started building a fund to handle these types of emergencies.”

A year later, Kellerman’s grandmother passed away, leaving him a small inheritance that he used to cover the start-up costs of the foundation.

“She was a social worker for 20 years and an advocate for the poor. Harvest of Hope is dedicated in her honor,” says Kellerman, who is still the foundation’s only employee and receives no salary.

“You don’t get many opportunities in life to do things that make a real difference,” he says. “I feel fortunate that I was in the right place at the right time.”

From the Miami Magazine, the University of Miami’s alumni magazine, volume 9, no. 1, Fall 2001, p. 60, from http://www.miami.edu/miami-magazine/fall01/classnotes.html#pk.

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Did you ever bite into a sweet crunchy apple? Grill onions and peppers with your favorite beef, chicken, or fish? Enjoy a salad of fresh lettuce with tomatoes, nuts, and fruits?

If so, chances are these and other fruits, vegetables, and foods were harvested and prepared by migrant farmworkers.

  • Migrant farmworkers are hardworking individuals and families who travel long distances from home to work in seasonal or temporary employment.
  • Agricultural is one of the most dangerous industries in the US. Migrant farmworkers suffer high rates of injuries and are frequently exposed to dangerous pesticides and health hazards. Few have health insurance.
  • Almost half the nation’s migrant farmworkers have less than a ninth grade education.
  • Poor sanitation and lack of electricity and plumbing are common housing conditions for migrant families. Many live in their cars or in the fields in tents.
  • The average annual migrant family income is between $7000 – $12000, substantially lower than the national poverty threshold.
  • The life expectancy of the migrant farmworker is substantially less than the nation’s average of 75 years

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The Frank Campano Memorial Fund is named in honor of Florida’s greatest champion of migrant children. Frank Campano was a “true gentleman” in every sense and a resolute visionary who tirelessly and passionately sought out educational opportunities and scholarships for migrant farmworker children and youth in our state. Frank established, coordinated and nurtured the nationally recognized Florida Migrant Education Summer Institutes for many years, brought the PASS and Close Up Migrant Programs to Florida, and at the time of his death in 1998, he was the Director of Florida’s Migrant Secondary Service Center in Plant City, Florida.

The Frank Campano Memorial Fund supports two distinct awards for deserving children, youth, and adults who currently participate or have participated in one of the two state programs for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Florida. These state programs are: the Title I, Migrant Child Education Program and the Farmworker Jobs and Education Program (formerly known as the Adult Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program).

The Frank Campano Memorial Fund also provides emergency aid and supports advocacy efforts on the behalf of Florida migrant farmworkers and their families. An Award Selection Committee exists for the purpose of coordinating fund raising activities and selecting awardees in accordance with established criteria.

I am very pleased to announce that the Frank Campano Memorial Fund has been incorporated into the Harvest of Hope Foundation. The agreement between the Frank Campano Memorial Fund Committee and the Harvest of Hope Foundation has been made to promote the growth of the Frank Campano Memorial Fund and its ability to help more Florida migrant families.

Under the umbrella of the Harvest of Hope Foundation, the Frank Campano Memorial Fund will have the institutional sponsorship and support of this nationally recognized Foundation. In addition, tax-deductible donations will be accepted by the Harvest of Hope Foundation and can be reserved for the Memorial Fund as designated by the donor.

Your support will be crucial to helping the Frank Campano Memorial Fund serve Florida migrant farmworkers and their children. In honor of Frank, please consider making a donation to the Harvest of Hope Foundation, 5809 NW 67th Ct., Gainesville, FL 32653. Please indicate that the donation is reserved for the Memorial Fund.

To make a donation, click here for How To Contribute

Text supplied by Carlos Saavedra, Senior Educational Program Director Adult Migrant Program and Services Tampa, FL

Harvest of Hope Foundation

The Harvest of Hope Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 group operated by President Phillip Kellerman and a Board of Directors with over 80 years in migrant education and human services.

The Foundation serves to:

  • Support migrant farmworkers and their families with emergency aid;
  • Issue small grants to programs that assist migrant families;
  • Provide financial aid to migrant students attending college via the Paths To Scholarships Fund;
  • Heighten awareness of the plight of migrant farmworkers in the country;
  • Coordinate with agencies assisting migrant families and their children with education, immunizations and medical needs, and social services ;

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CURRENT HARVEST OF HOPE FOUNDATION FUNDS

Alachua County Migrant Project Fund – provides emergency aid, including a dental fund, for migrant farmworkers and families in Alachua County and surrounding counties in northern Florida.

Arkansas Migrant Scholarship Fund – distributes educational scholarship aid to Arkansas migrant students.

Aurora Vidal and Gurrin Co Memorial Fund for Florida Migrant Students – supports migrant students in Florida. This fund was established by Maritza Licea in memory of her grandmothers.

Charles N. and Eleanor Knight Leigh Foundation Fund – helps migrant families in Dade County and south Florida.

Elizabeth Alfred Memorial Scholarship Fund – distributes scholarship and educational aid to Nebraskan migrant students in college.

Florida Growers and Associates Fund for Exemplary Migrant Students – provides funds towards the purchase of vehicles for two exemplary migrant students in Florida for transportation to and from college. 

Frank Campano Memorial Fund – provides educational aid to migrant farmworkers seeking alternative careers in Florida. This fund was established in memory of Frank Campano, long time migrant education program director and advocate.

Green Pastures Fund – supports the education of migrant students in Berkshire County, Massachusetts; Columbia County and Northeast Dutchess County, New York; and Northwest Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Hurricane Katrina Migrant Emergency Fund – distributes emergency financial aid to migrant farmworkers and families affected by Hurricane Katrina (includes Cindy’s Fund – to rebuild the Southern Coastal Migrant Education Program in Biloxi, Mississippi, severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Israel Cortez Education and Emergency Fund for Georgia Migrant Students – supports the education of migrant students and provides emergency aid to migrant families in Georgia This fund was established in honor of Israel Cortez, migrant education advocate and recruiter.

Jean and Jesse Franco Scholarship Fund for the Grand Traverse Area, Michigan – supports the education of migrant students in the Grand Traverse Area of Michigan.  This fund was established by Jean and Jesse Franco, migrant education program director and advocate.

Jehova Jireh Food Pantry Fund – to provide emergency food for immigrant and migrant families in the Moorhead/Fargo region of Minnesota and North Dakota.

Jose Rodriguez Migrant Fund – established in honor of Jose Rodriguez, retired migrant advocate for the Alachua Multi-County Migrant Program.  Funds to be used to aid migrant farmworkers in north central Florida.

Kern County Migrant Emergency Fund – distributes emergency aid to migrant farmworkers and families in the Region 5 Migrant Education Program area (Kern County) in California.

Leah Levy Memorial Fund – provides scholarship aid to migrant students in Columbia County, New York. This fund was established in memory of Leah Levy, migrant advocate.

Manuel Recio Scholarship Fund – supports a former migrant student studying medicine in Puerto Rico. This fund was established by Dr. Manuel Recio, former migrant education director for Pennsylvania.

Minnesota Migrant Emergency Fund – offers emergency aid to migrant farrmworkers and families in need in Minnesota.

National Migrant Education Florida Hotline Fund – provides emergency aid to migrant farmworkers and families in Florida seeking help via the National Migrant Education Hotline.

North Florida Migrant Emergency Fund – distributes emergency aid to migrant farmworkers and families in the Panhandle region of North Florida.

Oregon Migrant Fund – provides financial aid to migrant farmworkers and families in Oregon.

Path to Scholarships – distributes educational aid to college and post-secondary migrant students around the country.  This fund was established with the assistance of June McBride, former foundation board member.

Pennsylvania Migrant Farmworker Fund – supports migrant farmworkers and families in Pennsylvania with emergency funds.                                                                                                                                               

Saint Edwards College Assistance Migrant Program Fund – provides educational financial aid to migrant students attending St. Edwards College in Austin, Texas.

Saint Lucie County Migrant Emergency Fund – provides emergency assistance to migrant farmworkers and families in Saint Lucie County, Florida.

South New Jersey Migrant Emergency Fund – assists migrant farmworkers and families in southern New Jersey with emergency funds.

SUNY Oneonta College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Fund – provides financial aid to former CAMP students to purchase college textbooks in their sophomore, junior and senior years at the State University College of New York in Oneonta.

West Ottawa Migrant Emergency Fund – distributes emergency aid to migrant farmworkers and families in and around the area of West Ottawa, Michigan.

Harvest of Hope Foundation – Grants, Scholarships & Funds

Do you know of migrant students and other students interested in college and post-secondary education but need financial and scholarship help?The problem most students face is properly organizing the necessary materials to apply for these scholarships.

Florida migrant advocate, June McBride, has helped migrant students in Orange County, Florida, to garner more than $800,000 in scholarships. Based on her experiences, June has produced the Path to Scholarships workbook which contains a simple organizational portfolio method, reproducible worksheets and directional guides.

Path to Scholarships® is a academic program that: motivates ALL students to dare to dream great dreams, plants the seed of hope within students, gives students self-confidence and courage to seek a better future, challenges students to set goals that stretch them, inspires students to discover life purpose, guides students to turn obstacles into character and strength, teaches the value of hard work through the scholarship process, and empowers all students with the tools to successfully reach their dreams!

Path to Scholarships® is an organized academic curriculum with student workbooks in English and Spanish and a Path to Scholarships® Teacher’s Curriculum Guide which incorporates metacognitive, cognitive, and social/affective learning strategies. It has been aligned to Florida, Texas, and California state standards and thus facilitates the implementation of the reading and writing benchmarks of Florida’s Sunshine State Standards Grades 9-12, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Reading and Writing Grades 9-12, and the California Content Standards, English Language Arts, Grades 9-12 within an English class, ESL class, elective course, after school program or summer program.

Please be sure to check-out Path to Scholarships’ 2007 Academic Workbooks and Resources that are listed below. Click on any image to read the overview of what each resouce offers.

For information or to order workbooks, go to www.needcollegemoney.com or contact June at: mcbridejune@msn.com. It is a wonderful resource!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each workbook will go to the Harvest of Hope Foundation to provide post-secondary aid to migrant students.

Harvest of Hope Foundation – Frank Campano Memorial Fund

The Frank Campano Memorial Fund is named in honor of Florida’s greatest champion of migrant children. Frank Campano was a “true gentleman” in every sense and a resolute visionary who tirelessly and passionately sought out educational opportunities and scholarships for migrant farmworker children and youth in our state. Frank established, coordinated and nurtured the nationally recognized Florida Migrant Education Summer Institutes for many years, brought the PASS and Close Up Migrant Programs to Florida, and at the time of his death in 1998, he was the Director of Florida’s Migrant Secondary Service Center in Plant City, Florida.

The Frank Campano Memorial Fund supports two distinct awards for deserving children, youth, and adults who currently participate or have participated in one of the two state programs for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Florida. These state programs are: the Title I, Migrant Child Education Program and the Farmworker Jobs and Education Program (formerly known as the Adult Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program).

The Frank Campano Memorial Fund also provides emergency aid and supports advocacy efforts on the behalf of Florida migrant farmworkers and their families. An Award Selection Committee exists for the purpose of coordinating fund raising activities and selecting awardees in accordance with established criteria.

I am very pleased to announce that the Frank Campano Memorial Fund has been incorporated into the Harvest of Hope Foundation. The agreement between the Frank Campano Memorial Fund Committee and the Harvest of Hope Foundation has been made to promote the growth of the Frank Campano Memorial Fund and its ability to help more Florida migrant families.

Under the umbrella of the Harvest of Hope Foundation, the Frank Campano Memorial Fund will have the institutional sponsorship and support of this nationally recognized Foundation. In addition, tax-deductible donations will be accepted by the Harvest of Hope Foundation and can be reserved for the Memorial Fund as designated by the donor.

Your support will be crucial to helping the Frank Campano Memorial Fund serve Florida migrant farmworkers and their children. In honor of Frank, please consider making a donation to the Harvest of Hope Foundation, 5809 NW 67th Ct., Gainesville, FL 32653. Please indicate that the donation is reserved for the Memorial Fund.

To make a donation, click here for How To Contribute

Text supplied by Carlos Saavedra, Senior Educational Program Director Adult Migrant Program and Services Tampa, FL

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