National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP)

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Have you worked on a farm or ranch for 30 days and/or earned at least $800 within the last two years? If so, you might be eligible for the National Farmworker Jobs Program. NFJP is a job training and employment assistance program for farmworkers and their families. Our Case Managers provide assistance in finding employment, job training, educational opportunities and support services. This assistance is offered at no cost to the participants.

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that is administering the National Farmworker Jobs Program statewide. The National Farmworker Jobs Program is a statewide program and is 100% funded by the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

*Required pesticide training for farmworkers offered by MEO NFJP*A pesticide safety training, required annually for farmworkers, is being offered at no cost to agricultural operations statewide by certified Maui Economic Opportunity National Farmworker Training Program staff.The Worker Protection Standard training is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration and covers pesticide safety, signs and symptoms of exposure and poisoning and emergency protocols.Three MEO NFJP staffers have been certified to conduct the training at farm sites while providing all supplies.The federally funded NFJP is the sole program operated by MEO that has a statewide reach. Trainings have been scheduled on Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island.NFJP supports farmworkers and their families and the farms that employ them. For workers, NFJP aims to help generate greater economic stability by buying work clothes and other necessities and connecting farmworkers to job training, better opportunities and supportive services for themselves and their families. For farms, NFJP supports on-the-job training with subsidies and defrays the cost of required certifications, such as the Worker Protection Standard.MEO has almost 40 clients on Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Moloka‘i and Oahu and is looking for more.Agricultural operations interested in the Worker Protection Standard training and farmworkers in NFJP services can call (808) 344-5550 or email cs@meoinc.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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*MEO NFJP joined AgFest*U‘ilani Ah Chan and Suzette Bacarro met more than a hundred visitors to the MEO National Farmworker Jobs Program table at the Maui AgFest & 4-H Livestock Fair at the War Memorial Special Events Field on Saturday, June 4. NFJP is a job training and employment assistance program for farmworkers and their families. Case managers provide assistance in finding employment, job training, educational opportunities and support services, such as purchasing work clothes and safety gear. MEO is the statewide grantee of the federal NFJP. For more information about NFJP, call (808) 243-4369. ... See MoreSee Less
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The spring edition of the National Farmworker Jobs Program is out. The lead story is about Mahi Pono and its farming operations on Maui. MEO operates the NFJP program statewide under a federal grant. click here.drive.google.com/file/d/1EJR3JNSdpv2lr72or1ftPDHYTPZ1x2-4/view?usp=sharing ... See MoreSee Less
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*MEO collects 158 long sleeve shirts for national drive for farmworkers*Maui Economic Opportunity collected 158 shirts for the National Long Sleeve Shirt Drive, aimed at protecting farmworkers from pesticides and heat in the fields, from March 26 to April 2.MEO works with farmworkers and farms statewide through the National Farmworker Jobs Program, offering clothing, job training and employment. The long-sleeve shirt drive was part of National Farmworker Awareness Week. In addition to collecting protective shirts for farmworkers, the drive brought attention to occupational hazards in the fields.Eight drop off locations were secured in all four counties statewide, including MEO offices on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i and Valley Isle Federal Credit Union. Shirts also were collected at the Hispanic Resource Fair at MEO in Wailuku on March 26 in conjunction with the visit of the Mexican Consulate.With a long history supporting farmworkers, MEO is the Hawaii grantee for the federal NFJP program; it is the only statewide program MEO administers. More than 2,500 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families have been assisted by NFJP through MEO’s efforts.In March 1975, MEO launched the “Seasonally Employed Farmworkers Program” with 18 participants during the vibrant days of the sugar and pineapple industries on Maui. Farmworker programs have had different names through the years – Job Training Partnership Act Seasonally Employed Farmworkers Program and Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers program.Through the 1980s, MEO assisted a couple hundred Filipino farmworkers each year with education and medical assistance, child care, English as a Second Language and job placement, resulting in higher wages and benefits. A shortage of field workers in the 1990s developed with the pull of the visitor industry, leading Maui Pineapple Co., Wailuku Agribusiness and independent farmers to bring in migrant and seasonal farmworkers through the Rocky Mountain High Coalition in a partnership administered by MEO.The program assisted migrants by placing them in jobs in the fields, canneries and machine shops and helping them obtain Commercial Driver Licenses and heavy equipment operator and welding certifications. Migrants were provided dormitory-style housing by Maui Pineapple, and MEO staff assisted with permanent housing, education, industry certifications, child care, ESL and citizenship classes and acculturation. With MEO’s assistance, many of the migrants became citizens.Today, more than 10 percent of Maui’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino and many of them have ties to the migrant workers brought to Maui from Mexico.For more information about NFJP, call (808) 243-4369 or go to the MEO’s website at www.meoinc.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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MEO will also be collecting new or gently used long-sleeve shirts as part of NJFP’s Long-Sleeve Shirt Drive, which runs nationally from March 26 to April 2. The shirts will be given to farmworkers to protect them from pesticides and heat-related illnesses. They should be a light color, of natural fabric and long sleeved.A drop box is located outside the Community Services department offices at MEO. ... See MoreSee Less
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