Colorado’s agricultural season featured chaotic weather and many challenges for workers trying to recover from the physical and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Exceptionally rainy weather negatively impacted plant growth and worker earnings during a time when cost-of-living in rural Colorado is rising dramatically. Soon, Coloradans across the state will be swapping bike shorts and life jackets for skis and snowshoes as they prepare for the winter holidays. Meanwhile, agricultural workers will remain hard at work tending to livestock, sorting crops, and preparing fields for next year. Despite working 60 to 70 hours per week during the peak harvest season, many individuals do not earn enough to provide for their families and prepare for Colorado’s harsh winters. These essential workers need your support!
Please donate to the 2nd Annual Winter Clothing Drive by Project Protect Food Systems Workers! Donated items will be delivered directly to workers by Project Protect Promotores—culturally and linguistically-skilled community health navigators who connect with thousands of agricultural workers each year. They have been receiving increasingly urgent requests from workers for gloves, hats, socks, and coats to cope with freezing conditions. As community members themselves, Project Protect Promotores understand the need also extends to children in agricultural worker families. To begin meeting this need, Project Protect is trying to collect a total of 500 pairs of gloves, 500 winter hats, 1,000 pairs of warm socks, and 1,000 long-sleeve shirts or coats.
The Project Protect Promotora Network will be partnering with numerous organizations across the state to collect donations from community members. If you are interested in becoming a partner organization, please contact Hunter Knapp (email@example.com). If you would like to stay involved in the effort to support Colorado’s farm workers, please sign up for our email list at www.projectprotectfoodsystems.org or donate here.