WAEF Awards Grants to ESL Providers

Tree Fruit Industry Awards Grants to Adult ESL Programs located in Central Washington

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) Farmworker Education Committee selected five recipients this summer to receive grants for their activities fostering and promoting scholastic success for farmworkers and their families.   In total $16,000 was awarded earlier this month to community and school programs through the WAEF Farmworker/Ag Worker Education program.

            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 (ESL), adult basic education, and citizenship preparation.

2015 Grant Recipients:

            First United Methodist Church of Wenatchee Latino Ministry Program received $2000 for online learning linked to their adult ESL classes.

Heritage Multicultural Baptist Church Adult Learning Center in Quincy received $3000 for the purchase of supplies necessary in their adult ESL, computer and citizenship preparation classes.

Living Stone Church was selected to receive $3000 for supplies and teaching materials for their ESL program operating primarily in Chelan and Manson.

Chelan-Douglas Literacy Council received $5000 for administrative needs connected to their adult literacy outreach.

Friends of Buena Library received $3000 for instructor salary and promotion expenses for their ESL program coordinated through the library.

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 and Wells Fargo for your contributions that make these awards possible.

This year the foundation will sponsor an adult ESL forum on September 11th in Ellensburg.  The purpose of the event is pull together providers of adult ESL in central Washington to share ideas and discuss challenges.  The forum is open to all providers.  For additional information, contact the foundation office at (509) 663-7713 or waef@waef.org.

            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.