The mission of the Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach, Inc is to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of migrant and seasonal farmworkers through education, advocacy, and access to services.
The 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. THe FWCC was created for the purpose of assisting farmworkers to access social and human services, who for a variety of reasons are unable to participate in elegible programs or services.
"Building a better future for those who harvest America"
The Farmworker Coordinating Council traces its beginnings to a grassroots effort led by volunteers to meet the needs of farmworkers 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 30,000 migrant farmworkers and their families in Palm Beach County.
The agency now provides a range of social services with a staff of 14 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, US Department of Justice, 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.
Our Board of Directors:
- Dean Luce - President
- Jeannette Molina - Vice President
- Gayle Zavala - Secretary
- Warren Trilling, CPA - Treasurer
- Ilsa Dickinson
- David G. Eakin
- Bernard M. Smith
- Harry VanVorst
- Ramón O. Viamonte
- Zita Vankus
- Lori Osborn