PLEASE HELP PINE ISLAND FARMWORKERS THIS WEEKEND and THANK YOU for passing this message on. Please RSVP to assure coordination of available transportation andMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2004View SourcePLEASE HELP PINE ISLAND FARMWORKERS THIS WEEKEND and THANK YOU for passing this message on. Please RSVP to assure coordination of available transportation and supplies.NEEDS:
Subject: Pine Island Farmworkers need help this weekend- pass it onAmigos
- VOLUNTEERS (bilingual helpful but not necessary)
- SUPPLIES (see below & earlier lists posted on TM! listserve http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TomorrowMatters-TampaBay/ )
- DRIVERS/VEHICLES to help transport volunteers and supplies
Can we get 4 or 5 people (or more) to help out and go down to Pine Island (near Fort Myers) to help out? I can drive. I received information that the Florida Dept of Health, Salvation Army and Red Cross are all pulling out of Pine Island today (8/31). However the situation there is still as bad as it was: there is no electricity and no running water. It is unclear whether the local church will continue to house the homeless and distribute ice and water. I know that a lot of you wanted to help out and it appears that NOW is the time to do something really helpful.
I know it's a holiday weekend, but if we go down on Saturday, then we still have 2 days free! It doesn't matter if you speak Spanish or not (I will be there at the very least), just come and help out if you can. BRING BUG SPRAY! Dress in jeans, sneakers, etc.
If you can't come but want to help out, we can accept
* Money so that we can go buy ice once down there and distribute it
* Toiletries, soaps, deodorants, etc
Some of you wanted to make sure your donations went directly to the people affected, so I was told that any donations to Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc, at this point will not get to these folks. We can take donations directly to them.
We can meet at the FICS office, 202 S 22nd Street, Tampa FL 33605 around 8:30 AM and we should be back around 4 PM or so. Bring something to eat or share. BUT please RSVP so I know who is interested in doing this.
Cesar Chavez: "It's ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves."
Maya Angelou: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
Alayne Unterberger, MA
Executive Director, Florida Institute for Community Studies, Inc. (FICS)
Main contact: (813) 477-2882 (cell) or (813) 248-3427 (248.FICS) (office)
FAX: (813) 248-3230 E-mail: alayne@... Website: www.ficsinc.org