Thanks to a wealth of support from foundations, faith based organizations, civic groups, community members and others, CMS is able to offer services and emergency support to farmworkers facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 circumstances and limited work due to April’s hard freeze.
We extend our deepest gratitude to The Colorado Health Foundation, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, Justice for Migrant Women with Hispanics in Philanthropy as well as The Colorado Trust for major contributions that will allow us to provide targeted services and basic needs and financial assistance in response to the unique conditions and hardships that confront local migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. We are deeply grateful to Grand Valley churches, businesses and many individuals in our community for continuing to step forward with support and supplies.
Some of CMS’ activities during July:
Meals “to go” prepared every Wednesday (additional days may be added) and food pantry boxes available every week for curbside pickup or by delivery to those without transportation. CMS will increase efforts to distribute facial masks and hand sanitizer to workers and their family members.
Staff members of Colorado Legal Services’ Farmworker Division visited CMS on July 8 and will return at other times during the harvest season to provide information and assistance to farmworkers.
MarillacHealth service providers visited on July 15 to provide health screenings and registration for medical cards.
Census 2020 representatives also visited on July 15 to assist with census participation.
Unfortunately, will we not host the very popular annual benefit concert “Celebrate the Hands that Harvest/Las Manos que Cosechan” featuring Quemando at Grande River Vineyards this summer, but the band’s fans were delighted to get a Quemando fix by tuning in online on July 30.