Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Building a better future for those who harvest America!

Lake Worth, FL   |  http://www.farmworkercouncil.org

Mission

The Farmworker Coordinating Council is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive social and human services to Palm Beach County's farmworkers and their families. The FWCC began in the winter of 1977-78 with a group of volunteers who responded to the emergency needs of farmworkers affected when a sudden freeze destroyed much of the area's fruits and vegetables. Since then the unique and acute needs of the farmworkers of Palm Beach County have been served by the efforts of this small but productive agency. The FWCC has grown from its beginnings as a small group of volunteers to a full-service United Way agency with eleven employees, two offices, and multiple funding sources.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Mr. Sergio M. Palacio

Main address

1123 Crestwood Blvd.

Lake Worth, FL 33460 USA

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EIN

59-1830267

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The mission of the Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. is to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of migrant and seasonal farm workers through education, advocacy and access to services.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Preservation & Economic Stabilization

With grants from the Town of Palm Beach United Way, Palm Beach County Department of Community Services, United Way of Palm Beach County, and Department of Children and Families, the FPES Program provides case management to families with the goal of providing structured services that will lead to stability, self-sufficiency, and better outcomes for farm workers and their families. Other program services include the distribution of food and food vouchers, clothing, emergency assistance with rent and utilities, completing forms and applications, transportation to medical and social service appointments, and orientation of community resources, as well as translations and interpretations.

Population(s) Served

Funded by the Jim Moran Foundation and BankUnited, the Education Programs are designed to create a pathway for children of farm workers, their parents and educators to mitigate low education achievement levels, reduce the dropout rate and the educational gap that exists between farm-worker children and the rest of the student population. The Education Programs provide tutoring and homework assistance: children who qualify for the program will receive up to 5 hours a week of academic counseling. Statistics show that the high school dropout rate is much higher among Hispanics, and significantly higher among farm workers than in the general population. The program also provides ESOL, Literacy, Computer, and Financial Literacy workshops for adults.

Population(s) Served

Funded by Quantum Foundation, and United Way of Palm Beach County, CHAT provides information, referral and outreach activities to help under served populations including language and cultural minorities with access to healthcare coverage and services. CHAT includes direct assistance with applications for healthcare coverage, health education workshops, transportation and translation/interpretation.

Population(s) Served

Funded by the Kenan Charitable Trust, the PIN program’s goal is to help individuals and families that do not qualify for services but have unmet needs. Our focus is to help people that are in need of services but for one reason or another fall through the cracks and have not been served by agencies in our county. Some of the services provided by this program includes: case management, emergency rental/utility assistance, distribution of food and clothing, transportation, etc.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The agency's main goal is to help low income farm workers and their families to increase their quality of life and become self sufficient. In order to reach this goal, we focus on increasing their access to services in our community such as food, health care services, legal aid, etc. We work with them to help them improve their education and their children's education. In addition, we help them reduce their chances of becoming homeless and we guide them to get them

The agency provides a variety of services to help us reach our goals. We provide food, clothing and household items every other week. Once a month we distribute diapers and toiletries. For those farm workers that are facing eviction due to an emergency, the agency will cover the rent payment for one month to help them prevent homelessness. We provide case management services to help clients get out of any crisis. Our education programs include ESOL, literacy, financial literacy and computer classes for adult. In addition, children of farm workers receive Pre-K and after school tutoring and homework assistance.

Also, the agency provides transportation, scholarships, distribution of school supplies and toys, referrals for services, assistance applying for health insurance,

The Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. has two offices located in Lake Worth and Belle Glade, FL. We currently have a total of 13 full time and one part time professionals. Our staff is bilingual (English -Spanish or English-Creole). The agency has over 40 years of experience providing services to farm workers in Palm Beach County.

Over the last five years, the Farmworker Council has prevented 712 households consisting of 1,683 men, women and children from becoming homeless by providing emergency rental assistance. In order for the agency to provide this service, we spent $435,152 to cover rent payments for farm workers and their families.

Financials

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Operations

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Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dean C. Luce

Ritired

Term: 2017 - 2019

Chuck David

Retired Priest

Jeannette Molina

Retired Mental Health Care Supervisor

Gayle Zavala

Special Ed Teacher

Aleida Salvador-Harbeck

Mortgage Broker

Ilsa Dickinson

Retired Educator

Bernard Smith

Retired Human Resources Manager

Freddy Asencio Jr.

Financial Advisor

Carlos Navarro

VP Commercial Lending

Elena Contreras

Business Banking