New England Farm Workers’ Council
A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
Established 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
- Emergency shelter assistance for at-risk families throughout 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
NEFWC Program Locations
56 Arbor Street Suite 307
Hartford, CT 06103
25 Lowell Street, Suite 101
Manchester, NH 03101
225 High Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-536-5403, Ext. 204