Community Health Centers held their 8th annual Day of the Farm Worker at the Veterans Memorial Center in Santa Maria. The agricultural community came with their families to find out what nonprofit services are available to them.
“Health and wellness, legal services, and mental health services, ” said CHC Marketing Director, Steve Mahr.
“Our community, a lot of time, doesn’t know how to get access to it, for lack of information, so this is a perfect opportunity to educate our community, ” said Santa Barbra County Department of Behavioral Wellness employee Lordes Syslo.
The event was free of charge for the attendees and participants.
“We encourage all local non profit organizations to participate, those that service the migrant, farm worker and at-risk population, ” said Mahr
The Santa Barbara County Food Bank participated providing free bags of food. This years event held its first toy raffle giving children everything from bicycles to dolls.
The American GI Forum Education Foundation also came to spread the word on how attendees can get low-cost web connections and computers.
The most popular attraction of the day was the health screening stand.
“They can actually get a diabetic foot check, or an eye exam, or a dental checkup. We want to be able to give back and also to provide information and resources for this at-risk population, ” said Mahr.
For those that couldn’t make today’s event the Santa Maria Bonita School District also holds a similar event once a month called Thrive.