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By Malika-Budur Kalila SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NNC News)—The Eastern Farm Workers Association in Syracuse held a volunteer orientation on Tuesday. The association explained its vision and mission statement to the new members.
Luis Erickson is a volunteer coordinator at the EFWA. According to him, the organization provides support to local farmers, whose income cannot keep up with the rising cost of living.
Currently, the association is working on low income farmers who are having trouble meeting their expenses, Erickson said. The EFWA negotiates with National Grid to allow families more time to pay their electric and gas bills. He added, for some low income family members electricity is a must have, because they have serious health issues and their medicines need to stay refrigerated.
Also, the EFWA reported that farm workers are the poorest workers in the country, performing some of the most difficult and dangerous work. Additionally, farm workers face an average life expectancy of 48 years.
During the orientation, the coordinator clarified the duties of the volunteers. The organization expects members to visit farm labor camps, communicate with farmers, and provide them some food resources.
The EFWA also wants volunteers to help in recruiting medical professionals, who will provide curative care to the farmers and their families. Moreover, the association needs a helping hand in joining campaigns and creating petitions against government policies, which may hurt the financial status of the farmers.
Erickson said, the association looks forward to having new volunteers. More information about the EFWA is available on its Facebook page.