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Our Dream of a Farmworker Community Center
We have long had a dream of building our own community center to serve as a truly independent base for our human rights work in Immokalee. For years it remained a distant hope to be free of the control of Immokalee's overpriced rental market and construct a center spacious enough to house our ever-growing program.
In 2004, through the generous help of our alies, we were able to make a down payment on a plot of land and building located in the center of Immokalee, just steps away from the site where thousands of farmworkers board buses to go to work in the fields each day. We now need to raise the funds to pay the mortgage, renovate the building, and endow the costs of upkeep and maintenance.
The Community Center will give us the necessary space to significantly expand our community work – to nearly double our current capacity for weekly community meetings, to house our growing radio station, to make computers and media equipment available to our members so that they, too, can learn to wield the tools and reap the benefits of the information age.
The center is more than "bricks and mortar." It is an essential step in our continued work for dignity and justice in the fields.
Highlights of the Community Center
For weekly community meetings, training sessions, leadership development workshops, cultural events, classes, and more
For coordination of CIW’s Anti-Slavery Campaign, including confidential interviews and meetings with victims of human trafficking, the F.B.I., Dept. of Justice, and others
Radio Station Studio
New home of Radio Conciencia (Consciousness Radio) 107.9 FM, the CIW's multi-lingual radio station, which provides the Immokalee community with news, educational and cultural programming, musical entertainment, as well as health, safety and emergency announcements
Cooperative Grocery Store
Expands the CIW’s small, non-profit grocery store that, because it is run cooperatively for the benefit of the community, enables consumers to buy cooking supplies, food, phone cards and toiletries at the most affordable prices in town
For computers, video equipment, and a multi-lingual book/video library
Office and meeting space for CIW´s allies -- including Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida and the Student/Farmworker Alliance -- as well as volunteers
Community Garden and Yard
For gatherings, leadership trainings, movie screenings, organic gardening, and children’s play area
To promote artistic expression and for creation of posters, banners, puppets, and more, for use in community education and the Campaign for Fair Food
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The Coalition of Immokalee Workers
P.O. Box 603
Immokalee, FL 34143
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