Thursday, March 31, 2011

Support the Quilts. Please.

For nearly 2 years, the Lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilt Project has been educating youth, college students, and adults – anyone who will listen – about the tragic history of farmworkers in Central Florida. Health complications. Persistent exposure to pesticides. Discrimination. Injustice in the workplace. These are just a few of the challenges faced by hundreds of farmworkers who dedicated their lives to feeding America during the height of WWII and beyond.

When this forgotten population began passing away at remarkably young ages, the Quilt Project began in order to preserve the story of Lake Apopka farmworkers. And now, after challenging communities from Central Florida to Central Michigan to see the other side of the “Green Revolution,” 
we are asking for your help.

In order to continue developing, showing, and teaching about the Quilt Project, we are humbly asking for the support of our friends and allies. In the next 7 months, until the end of October, the Quilt Project will embark on its first fundraising campaign. Help us to reach our goal of $10,000 to support our efforts for the next 3 years.

We know that your dollars are precious, but we think this is a pretty great cause. Here’s why:
  1. Creating greener practices for a greener planet means being conscious of where our food comes from and how it arrives on our dinner plate. Our goal is to educate anyone we can find about the role of farmworkers in that process.
  2. At least 95% of your donation will go directly to the Quilt Project. Our overhead fees are minimal because we have the support of incredible volunteers and a great organization – the Farmworker Association of Florida.
  3. We’re small. What that means is that every penny you can muster up goes SO much further than donating to a huge organization with huge donors. You and your dollar are all we have.
Donating might be asking a lot, but we’re flexible. We need lots of help in a lot of ways:
  • Donate online
  • Donate in person at an upcoming event
  • Donate via your friends – organize a Quilt Project Party at your house, job, or church and we’ll do the rest.
Thanks for considering our plea. You’ll be hearing from us again very soon. 

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