Wish to Volunteer for the Harvest of Hope Foundation? ::: Harvest of Hope Foundation

The Harvest of Hope Foundation for migrant farmworkers welcomes individuals and groups interested in volunteering.

We first recommend that you visit the foundation web-site at www.harvestofhope.net to become more familiar with the foundation and how Harvest of Hope tries to fill in the gaps in service to our hard-working yet needy mobile field workers. Harvest of Hope is a very unique, grassroots non-profit and we are the only national foundation set up exclusively to provide emergency and educational financial aid to migrant farmworkers and their families. Because the foundation provides “direct financial aid” we are unfortunately largely ineligible for many grants from other non-profits and from corporations. We rely completely on individual and group donations, and this is where you can be of help.

1) We welcome individuals and groups to organize and conduct fund-raisers which can include band concerts, bowl-a-thons, restaurant activities, bake and garage sales, car washes, raffles, auctions, pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, and other creative activities. Harvest of Hope will assist with publicity and will provide buttons, brochures and a foundation banner if available. Many students are required to do service learning and this is a great way to accomplish this.

2) Harvest of Hope can make available 12 ounce packages of delicious Sweetwater Organic/Fair Trade Coffee for sale. Roasted in Gainesville, Florida, the foundation has sold thousands of packages around the country. Packages cost 10.00 each and 5.00 from each package goes to the foundation.

3) The foundation welcomes invitations to speak to church and other civic and community organizations about the unique work of the foundation, migrant farmworker issues and immigration. We also welcome the opportunity to do interviews on radio and television, and for print media.

4) Individuals and groups are invited to collect donations of antiques, collectibles and memorabilia which are sold to raise funds on EBay and at the A Antique Mall in Reddick, Florida. The foundation also accepts donations of cars to sell, and stock and other investments.

5) The second annual Harvest of Hope Fest will be held March 12-14, 2010 at the St Johns Fairgrounds outside St. Augustine, Florida. More than 140 alternative/progressive music bands are expected to play. If you’d like to submit your interstet in being a 2010 HOHFest Volunteer, please email your inquiry to volunteer@harvestofhopefest.com.

One note of caution please. We receive many requests from student journalism and media majors and film-makers wanting to do stories about migrant farmworkers. These requests usually entail wanting to get out in the fields to film and to interview migrant workers. This is extremely difficult as many migrant workers live and work in rural areas, and are reluctant to be filmed or interviewed. Arranging these interviews is logistically difficult and time consuming and thus the Harvest of Hope Foundation must say no quite often to these requests.

If you have any questions about volunteering or need further information, please feel free to contact me at 352-372-1312 or email me at kellerhope@cox.net.

Sincerely, Philip Kellerman,