The Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. (FWCC) is a non-profit corporation, classified under section 501C(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and chartered by the State of Florida as a non-profit corporation since 1978. FWCC was created for the purpose of assisting farm workers to access social and human services, who for a variety of reasons are unable to participate in eligible programs or services.
Our mission is to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of migrant and seasonal farm workers through education, advocacy, and access to services.
Treat everyone with patience, kindness, and respect. Sometimes agree to disagree.
Ensure the safety and confidentiality of those we serve.
Maintain realistic expectations and handle all business transactions with honesty and integrity.
The Farmworker Coordinating Council traces its beginnings to a grassroots effort led by volunteers to meet the needs of farm workers who found themselves without work in the winter of 1977-1978 during a sudden freeze. From its humble beginnings in a borrowed warehouse, the Farmworker Coordinating Council has grown into a diverse social services agency that addresses the continuing barriers to basic needs faced by farm workers in Palm Beach County. The FWCC continues serving over 10,000 migrant farm workers and their families in Palm Beach County. The agency now provides a range of social services with a staff of 18 full time and 1 part time professionals working from two offices: Lake Worth and Belle Glade.
The agency receives funding from the United Way and Palm Beach County, Town of Palm Beach United Way, US Department of Labor, Palm Beach County as well as from private foundations and individual donors. The Council continues to grow and shape its programs around the acute needs of the farmworker community.