Hurricanes Florence and Michael have had a catastrophic effect on the lives of thousands of North Carolinians. Migrant and seasonal farmworkers in rural areas were affected in many ways.
As the crops rotted in the fields, farmworkers lost weeks of work or lost work all together. Many have started to work again, but only for a few hours a day several days a week. The loss of income has had a serious impact on farmworkers’ ability to recover from the hurricane and to sustain themselves and their families after the disaster.
In addition to the economic impact caused by the loss of work, many farmworkers’ homes have suffered damage. Many people have lost everything. Their loss of income and job uncertainty has made recovery slower and more painful.
EFWM has partnered with local leaders and organizations to provide help to those in need. From the beginning of the hurricane, and until October 19th, EFWM has collected and purchased water, food (hot meals and groceries), cleaning supplies, toiletries, household items, and clothes for those who were affected.
So far, we have delivered thousands of pounds of food, water, hygiene items, clothes, and cleaning supplies, to farmworkers across Eastern NC.
We have also started to address some of the long term needs of farmworkers by helping with home repairs. So far, eight trailers have been repaired with the help of a group of volunteers.
In the next phase of our work we are planning to:
- help migrant workers return to their home state by purchasing bus tickets
- continue to expand our home repair program
- replace property lost by the hurricanes (such as appliances and furniture)
- provide families with assistance to pay rent and other important bills
- continue providing food, water, clothes, and cleaning/hygiene supplies to families
Farmworkers need your solidarity. You can join us by:
- Making a financial donation. Click on “Special Instructions” and type “Disaster Relief Efforts”.
- Volunteer sorting donated supplies in NC, Mon-Fri, until October 19th. Call Juan Carabana with your availability at 919.519.4021.
- Volunteer delivering supplies to farmworkers in the evenings. Call Lariza Garzon with your availability at 904.377.4559.
- Collect food and other items in your community. Bring them to Christ Church in Raleigh or to the EFWM office in Dunn by October 19th.
- If you have carpentry or construction skills, contact Lariza Garzon at 904.377.4559. We are looking for volunteers to help us with housing repairs.
- If you have a truck and free time to deliver donations, please contact Lariza at 904.377.4559.
- Stay in touch by liking our Facebook page.
- Connect with our supporters in the Triangle by liking the Farmworker Solidarity Page on Facebook
To our volunteers and donors:
Thank you for your donations! Thank you for volunteering! Thank you for helping us coordinate! Thank you for working at the EFWM for long hours! Thank you for collecting donations in your communities! Thank you for doing last minute food deliveries! Thank you for driving to Dunn with donations! Thank you for spending your time and using your resources to aid this effort! Farmworkers are feeling this support and solidarity.
We hope that this disaster will help us create a bridge between our communities that will be sustained through time.
We still need your support. Please continue to volunteer and donate if you can and help to spread the word about our efforts.
Also, a special thank you to our partners, who have helped us identify needs, distribute and collect donations, and obtain funding:
- Christ Church Raleigh
- Episcopal Chapel of the Cross
- Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina
- Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina
- Episcopal Relief & Development
- Greene County Health Care
- Kinston Community Health Center
- Manos Unidas – NC Farmworker Health Program
- Migrant Education Program
- Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
- NC Farmworker Project
- Operation NC Florence / Michael Relief 2018
- St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Youth Group
- St. Michael’s Episcopal Church