AMOUNT OF SHIRTS COLLECTED IN PREVIOUS YEARS:
SOME REACTIONS FROM 2014 NATIONAL LONG SLEEVE SHIRT
NEBRASKA – the state with a population of only 1.8 million people, but we’ve got big hearts!! In a very short amount of time (3 days), Proteus, Inc. staff collected enough shirts to surpass our goal of 100! Yea Staff! Proteus, Inc. has only been in Nebraska for about 2.5 years – but we have an active group of Regional Directors and Case Managers who embraced the Health and Safety Project! In a fun work day, the Lincoln office channeled our “inner craft queens” and had fun decorating boxes to be distributed throughout many locations – banks, grocery stores, community colleges and our own office locations!! One Partner group, Hastings Family Planning and Direct Relief was unable to donate long sleeve shirts, but volunteered to donate sunscreen to pass out to our migrants during our Health and Safety Training days this summer. How cool is that?
Even though we all have busy caseloads and jobs to do, this Health and Safety Project has been a fun experience for everybody. Our next surprise will probably occur when we are finally able to pick up all of the boxes (some in remote locations that can’t be checked daily) – and make our final count (it could be double the number that we were seeking). Our intent is to sort the shirts (wash some), bag them individually (Ziploc) and label the outside of the bags with sizes. That way, when we are distributing the shirts, they will be compact, clean, easy to carry in a box, and be sized.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this project – it has been a win-win proposition all the way around. We have raised awareness about what we do, we’ve engaged staff, and we will ultimately assist the great people who help feed our nation!
– Susan Billups Rabick, Regional Director at Proteus, Inc.
ALABAMA – “140 shirts total for Farmworkers awareness week! I’m happy to know that I can donate these to other in need and I’m grateful from the help I had from the community here and a special donation from Millbrook, AL.” – James A. Wright, H&S Trainer at Telamon Corporation
VIRGINIA – When we first applied to participate in the long sleeve shirt drive, I asked myself, “How can I possibly do this alone?” Instead, I decided to ask my state director if we could get the whole state involved. I proposed that we create a competition by having each office attempt to collect the most shirts. In this way, all five offices became active and everyone worked to promote WPS Awareness Week.
Each office was tasked to determine the most effective and creative way to collect shirts in their area. Some of the activities included: placing collection boxes in offices or community partner locations, distributing flyers, contacting churches and extension offices, and using word of mouth to alert friends and neighbors.
In all cases, the common denominator was a passion to assist the farmworkers. We understood the importance of pesticide safety and learned how long sleeve shirts help to protect the workers.
We are very happy with the results and believe that many people both at Telamon and in the community have learned a lot about pesticide safety.
– Roberto Quintero, Pesticide and Workplace Safety Trainer at Telamon, Corporation
“I love it! I am so proud of the AFOP Health & Safety trainers throughout the country. Amazing! Job well done!!!” – Vashti Kelly, Program Manager at AFOP in Washington, DC
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