published on March 23, 2016 - 10:23 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP), a national effort to bring awareness to the work and lives of farmworkers in the U.S., is sponsoring a long-sleeved shirt drive to support National Farmworker Awareness Week, which is March 28 through April 1.

In order to raise awareness about the risks farmworkers face working with pesticide residues, Proteus, Inc., as a member of AFOP, is holding its own long-sleeved shirt drive.

“Something as simple as a light colored long-sleeved shirt can protect a worker’s skin, not only from pesticide residue, but also from the heat,” said Joan Cuadra, project coordinator at Proteus.

Proteus will be collecting light colored, long-sleeved shirts from March 28 through April 1. Shirt donations may be dropped off at the Visalia Service Center, 223 NW 3rd St. in Visalia. and the Proteus administration building in Visalia, located at 1830 N. Dinuba Blvd.

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs is a nonprofit, national federation of 52 nonprofit and public agencies that provide training and employment services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. The AFOP’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all farmworkers and their families through advocacy, education, and training. 

Proteus is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization with over 45 years of experience serving farmworkers and other low-income residents in Fresno, Kings, Kern, Tulare and Los Angeles counties.

Some of the programs Proteus offers include adult basic and vocational education, job training, employment-related services, family self-sufficiency, energy assistance, gang prevention, childcare, and other human services programs aimed at helping individuals and families. 

Proteus is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a California Award of Performance Excellence (CAPE) award winner. 

To learn more about Proteus, visit For more information about the shirt drive, call Joan Cuadra at (559) 679-6015.

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