Yakima church receives adult education grant from apple growers

WASHINGTON APPLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE -- The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) Farmworker Education Committee selected four recipients this spring to receive grants for their activities fostering and promoting scholastic success for farmworkers and their families.   In total $13,700 was awarded this spring to community and school programs through the WAEF Farmworker/Ag Worker Education program this year.

Grants were awarded to organizations providing educational programs to adult learners in geographic areas where the tree fruit industry has a heavy preference.  Recipient programs are impacting farmworker families through programs targeting learning in the following areas: English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education/Life Skill Development/Parent Empowerment, and Citizenship Preparation.

2014 Grant Recipients:

First United Methodist Church of Wenatchee Latino Ministry Program received $2700 for their adult ESL and citizenship classes.
Heritage Multicultural Baptist Church Adult Learning Center in Quincy received $3000 for the purchase of supplies in their adult ESL, computer and citizenship preparation classes.
Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church English as a Second Language Program in Yakima received $3000 for the purchase of curriculum and support materials.
Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council received $5000 for curriculum and supply needs of the Literacy Council of Chelan & Douglas Counties.

WAEF partners with others in the community to provide funding for the Farmworker Education Program grants.  Thank you to corporate donors Costco Wholesale, Chelan Fresh, Jim Matson Memorial Fund, Oneonta Trading Corporation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, KRC Orchards and Wells Fargo for your contributions that make these awards possible.

Organizations providing adult learning assistance for farmworker families in tree fruit districts may contact the Washington Apple Education Foundation about additional funding opportunities available this year.  For details on the goals of the WAEF Farmworker Education grant program, visit www.waef.org/grants.

The Washington Apple Education Foundation is the charity of Washington’s tree fruit industry.  The Foundation was organized in 1994 to coordinate charitable activities reflecting tree fruit industry member values.  Its mission is to impact lives through access to educational opportunities.

For more information, please contact the Foundation office at (509) 663-7713 or visit www.waef.org.