Our friends at AFSC/Project Voice and Friends of Seasonal & Service Workers (FSSW) have let us know of two ways that we might support farmworkers during this time when they are highly exposed to the coronavirus.
1) Calling all mask-makers! Pedro Sosa (AFSC/Project Voice) and FSSW have both identified the need for masks for farmworkers in the Willamette Valley and Washington County. If you have the ability and materials to make masks, we invite you to join this effort. Contact Gail Sanford to let us know that you would like to participate. She will email a pattern if you need one or you are welcome to use a pattern that you already have. Gail will coordinate with you for pick-up of completed masks or drop-off locations in various parts of town. We will gather the masks and distribute them to Pedro and FSSW. Gail: 503-860-9682; firstname.lastname@example.org
2) There is a huge need for food for members of the Western Farmworkers Association (WFA) in the Hillsboro area, which is supported by FSSW. Financial assistance and food donations are welcome. Checks may be written to FSSW with “WFA Food Assistance” on the memo line and mailed to their office (address below). Food donations may be dropped off at their office in Portland, 9:00am-9:00pm every day. FSSW volunteers will deliver the food and donations to the WFA. Address: 2228 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97232. Questions or more info about these organizations, contact Ann Dudley (email@example.com) or Kathy French (firstname.lastname@example.org).
from Gail Sanford, Multnomah Monthly Meeting (4/25/2020)