New England Farm Workers’ Council

A hand up, not a hand out

Woman learning English as a Second Language at a computer with headphonesEstablished in 1971 as a small farm worker organization, New England Farm Workers’ Council (NEFWC) has become a multi-faceted human services agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for thousands of low-income people throughout the Northeast.

In addition to migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families, the agency serves inner-city, low-income groups, particularly Hispanic in western and north-central Massachusetts, central Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire.

NEFWC programs emphasize employment skills training and education coupled with necessary support as the only sure means out of poverty and social dependency. Providing a hand up rather than a handout is the agency’s approach to social service.

Among its chief programs are:

Home energy assistance for income eligible families in Hampden and Northern Worcester counties of Massachusetts

Voucher day care for eligible recipients in Hampden County and eight cities/towns in Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Emergency shelter assistance for at-risk families in Hampden County, Massachusetts

Employment and job training for migrant seasonal workers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island and welfare-to-work populations in Connecticut

Youth programs providing services to at-risk, low-income youth both in and out of school in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut

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NEFWC Program Locations

Child Care Resources
1628-1640 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Springfield, MA 01103
413-272-2207

Fuel Assistance
1666 Main Street, 1st Floor
Springfield, MA 01103
413-272-2209

473 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-342-4520

Farm Worker Employment and Training
& Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Programs

56 Arbor Street Suite 307
Hartford, CT 06103
860-293-2552

25 Lowell Street, Suite 101
Manchester, NH 03101
603-622-8199

225 High Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-536-5403, Ext. 204

Shelter/Housing Programs

225 High Street, 4th Floor
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-536-5403, Ext. 203

288 Oak Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-536-2787

2702 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01107
413-214-7221

WIA Youth Programs

205 High Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-315-6139

1628-1640 Main Street, 4th Floor
Springfield, MA 01103
413-272-2280

VISTA Program

225 High Street, 4th Floor
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-536-5403, Ext. 225