Farm Worker Ministries

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW’s work has steadily grown over more than twenty years.
In 2010, the CIW and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange signed an agreement that spurred the full implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a groundbreaking model for social responsibility based on a unique partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and participating buyers. The Program is a comprehensive, verifiable and sustainable approach to ensuring better wages and working conditions in Florida’s tomato fields. The Program consists of a wage increase supported by the additional penny per pound paid by corporate purchasers of Florida tomatoes, and a human-rights-based Code of Conduct.
Indeed, the changes taking root across Florida’s tomato fields are nothing short of historic. The major holdout corporations, like Publix and Wendy’s, must now do their part to support the expansion of such rights.
Your participation and leadership is needed — be it physical, financial or spiritual — to make it happen. Now is the time.
Learn more: http://ciw-online.org

San Jose Mission -a ministry of Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg
San Jose Mission is a residential community composed of 122 rental units that provide housing for low income families involved in the agriculture or aquaculture industries. In addition, Catholic Charities provides counseling, housing counseling, immigration services, life skills education, and case management to the families. Learn more: http://www.ccdosp.org/san-jose-mission/

Catholic Mobile Medical Services – a ministry of Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg
For the past 15 years, Catholic Mobile Medical Services has worked with volunteer physicians, and other health and social service professionals to provide free medical, health promotion and social services to the rural poor of eastern and southern Hillsborough County. Learn more: http://www.ccdosp.org/catholic-mobile-medical/