Since May 2023, the CARE collective, made up of Livity Rising, Integrative Healers Action Network (IHAN) and Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) has provided 344 treatments to the migrant farmworker community. The same community that produces 1/3 of all vegetables, 3/4 of all fruits and nuts, and 90% of all strawberries for the United States. For many, the medical care given by the CARE collective is the only medical care the migrant farmworker community receives. Chronic pain and extreme stress have only been made worse because of severe weather and the Pajaro levee break. Many of them have lost their jobs because of the severe weather. The levee break led to the loss their homes and belongings to water, mud and mold. This is a community that deserves our care, and the need continues.
Please support those who allow us to have food on our tables! If you can, please give generously. Thank you for your support!!
Due to all of your wonderful support and the volunteers from the CARE collective made up of Livity Rising, Integrative Healers Action Network (IHAN) and Acupuncturists Without Borders, we continue to serve the migrant farmworker community. Since the levee broke on March 11, 2023, we have provided over 400 treatments (acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care) to the Pajaro community.
The care given by the CARE collaborative is, in many cases, the only medical care the Pajaro community receives. They suffer from chronic pain and extreme stress - both of which have only been made worse by the severe weather over the last few months. Many of them have lost their jobs as a result of the severe weather. With the levee break, they lost their homes and belongings to water, mud and mold. This is a community that deserves our care. If you cannot provide time, please provide your financial support.
The California farmworker community produces 1/3 of all vegetables and 3/4 of all the fruits and nuts for the United States. 90% of all strawberries are grown in California.
We need to support those who allow us to have food on our tables! Please give generously!
I hope your 2023 is off to a great start. The CARE Collaborative has been hitting the ground running in this new year, applying for grants, coordinating this year's clinics, strengthening our community outreach capacity and we have some very exciitng news!
We are hoping to expand this year to provide another mobile clinic location in Watsonville! Thanks to a 3-year grant from the County of Santa Cruz, we have been able to fund and strengthen our current clinic in collaboration with the Center for Farmworker Families. This allows us to also build more partnerships with other community projects and provide services where they are needed.
This work started thanks to your initial support and we want to take this space to show you and express our gratitude for believing in us. These seeds we collectively planted are finally growing and making a growing impact on the lives of so many farmworker families throughout the county of Santa Cruz!
During the first year of the pilot project, we provided over 1200 treatments. This year we are planning to provide over 1500 more, including new modalities of integrative and preventive care services to promote a vibrant and healthy community.
As summer fades into autumn, we are active once again continuing our monthly outdoor clinics in Watsonville, serving hundreds of people from the farmworker community. We have been hard at work creating local partnerships to ensure the sustainability of our program and have some great news! - We were able to secure a grant through the CORE Investments initiative to continue our collective project alive and growing!
We are so grateful to the govenment of the County of Santa Cruz for believing in this grassroots approach to promoting well-being and access to quality health services for everyone. While this grant is set to cover a large portion of our program expenses, our project will still need $8,000 - 10,000 extra per year to continue. To our recurring donors, we are so grateful for your sustainable support! You keep us going!
If you are interested in becoming a recurring donor for this project, please feel free to do so via the GlobalGiving platform. We have some exciting project expansions and partnership ideas to continue meeting the high demand for services that we have been seeing. We will continue to keep you updated!
For the past few months the CARE collective has been focusing most of our attention and resources in Watsonville, CA where we have continued to provide monthly clinics to the Oaxacan farmworker population in the area. In partnership with the Center for Farmworker Families, we have been able to provide free stress relief acupuncture treatments, as well as chiropractic and massage therapy services to over 100 farmworkers. The community interest in accessing these services has been bigger than we expected, with lines forming, leading us to bring in some extra volunteer practitioners to help.
It has been wonderful to see the community support that this project has had so far. However, in order to maintain it we need to find ways to continue providing services. You are an essential part of this and can get involved in many ways:
- Donate on our GlobalGiving page
- Become a recurring donor on our GlobalGiving page
- Share this project with your friends and family
- If you are an acupuncturist in California, become a volunteer with us!
There are so many ways to make a drifference in the life of people that currently have no state entity to turn to or a solid support system to rely on. It is more important than ever to stand in solidarity with our farmworker communities and build support networks so that we can all advocate for better living conditions and equitable access to health care for the people that grow the food of this nation.
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