A recent study of Vermont’s migrant dairy farmworkers found that over a third are at risk of debilitating stress levels, defined as stress that reduces quality of life and leads to functional impairment. To reduce stress, the study authors proposed expanding the availability of translation services and Spanish language farm safety training programs.
Such programs to expand translation services have not yet been implemented, but those interested in getting involved with farmworker rights or support initiatives can find a variety of other opportunities in the meantime. Organizations around Vermont accept volunteers to fulfill tasks ranging from Spanish translation services to medical care.
Vermont dairy workers stressed:Researchers call for farm safety program in Spanish
Open Door Clinic
At the Open Door Clinic in Middlebury, healthcare professionals can volunteer to provide medical care to the clinic’s patients. Volunteers are also needed to serve as medical interpreters, Spanish translators and do administrative support.
Migrant Justice regularly seeks interns to provide logistical support for farmworkers leadership, events, office and administrative projects, research, communications, and art. Interns also work on the organization’s two major campaigns: Milk with Dignity and Immigrants Rights. Interns are required to speak at least a conversational level of Spanish.
The Open Door Clinic and Migrant Justice also take donations.
Vermont Migrant Education Program
Volunteers at the Vermont Migrant Education Program can teach virtual English lessons, offer transportation or mentoring to students in the program.
Further farmworker resources from UVM Extension can be found on the university’s website: https://www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/farmworker.
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