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History


Since its inception in 1966, the National Farm Workers Service Center Inc. has expanded to meet the changing needs of the nationís farm worker and Latino communities.

Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and the leadership of the United Farm Workers of America began NFWSC with encouragement from Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Walter Reuther, legendary president of the United Auto Workers. The non-profit corporation was initially conceived to serve the social, economic and health needs of farm workers across the United States.

Through the years, NFWSCís innovative farm worker assistance approach has included developing and operating a chain of rural health clinics, day-care centers, and the nationís first retirement home created specifically for elderly farm workers. NFWSC also established educational and vocational training programs to help prepare workers for better employment in and out of agriculture.

It has also undergone a transformation by consolidating operations and making strategic moves. For example, placing social services activities in La Union del Pueblo Entero, and to ensure continued high-quality instruction, moved the vocational and training programs to another movement entity--the Farm Worker Institute for Education and Leadership Development.

NFWSC primarily goal now focuses on addressing two significant underserved areas: affordable housing and educational broadcast radio.

Affordable housing
Since 1993, the Service Centerís housing portfolio has surged from 245 rental units to 3,700 rental and 600 single-family homes in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, with plans for thousands of additional units across the Southwest and other parts of the country.

Radio Campesina
The Farm Worker Radio Network has grown from two small stations in Californiaís Central Valley to nine stations with state-of-the-art centralized facilities syndicating programming and top-of-the hour news broadcasts with a strong presence in markets numbering around 450,000 listeners.

The stations, in California, Arizona and Washington state, bring news that directly affect the Latino community.  They have found a way to bring the promise of educational radio to a mass audience of working families through a combination of entertainment and programming with broad appeal.

Radio Campesina is undergoing a growth spurt as it moves into additional states and introduces syndicated programming like top-of-the-hour news broadcasts. The network is also branching out, by targeting a younger demographic with a pioneering bilingual radio format featuring a blend of hip hop and R&B music.

Reforming education and burial practices
Finally, NFWSC is poised to tackle new challenges where it believes it can use its moral authority to bring positive change for Latinos and other immigrants. This includes improving the quality of student education and offering an alternative to costly and burdensome burial costs.

A growing organization, NFWSC, envisions a future full of opportunities to serve its historic mission of addressing the increasing needs of a fast-growing Latino population.

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