Buy a Mug for a Healthcare Worker
We believe that everyone, regardless of documentation status, should have access to medical care, and hope you’ll join us in supporting our vecinos by gifting a Mug to a Healthcare Worker while supporting healthcare services for Farm Workers and our Latinx Community. Vecinos is a free clinic serving uninsured and underinsured patients working on farms. Their ability to carry out their mission has been heavily impacted by this global pandemic, as their clinic—housed on the Western Carolina University campus—is currently closed by mandate. This fundraiser will support their efforts to provide telehealth services to their community and to hire a caseworker to help their patients navigate the current healthcare crisis.
Your $25 will be donated directly to Vecinos, and the Mug you purchased will be gifted to healthcare workers at Mission Hospital—our neighbors!—as a thank you for their work.
"Did you know that farm labor ranks as one of the top three most dangerous occupations in the country and farmworkers suffer from incredible occupational risks, disproportionate general health issues, and extreme barriers to care. Agriculture is NC’s leading industry, yet farmworkers are some of the most underserved in the state.
Vecinos believes that access to health care is a basic human right, but due to our geographic isolation, lack of public transportation, and institutional and social discrimination, many farmworkers and their families do not enjoy that right."
Everyone Deserves Healthcare
Farmers Feed Us
Agricultural labor is extremely dangerous and health conditions on farms and in labor camp housing put people at risk for disease and injury. There is no working from home when you labor in fields, keeping fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores and on our tables. North Carolina Health and Human Services recommend that farm owners and managers encourage social distancing but maintaining six feet of separation is impossible for the majority of farmworkers, who live in shared sleeping quarters, kitchens, and bathrooms in housing provided by growers. When asked about what health protocol would be put in place for farm laborers during the pandemic, Lee Wicker, director of the North Carolina Growers Association, said there was none.
Disparities in our System
Healthcare disparities will be especially evident on America’s farms, where the product of immigrant labor has been deemed essential, but the people producing the food we eat are treated as disposable. While farmers are required to continue laboring for low wages to keep grocery stores full for panic-shoppers, most will be left out of the Coronavirus relief bill. In North Carolina, even beneficiaries of the DACA program are not able to receive the federal cash payment offered to the rest of the country, or access expanded unemployment benefits