A Passion to Serve is a podcast about migrant and seasonal farm workers and individuals who work on their behalf. Host Don Kuchnicki interviews a variety of guests who are passionate about their role serving the farm worker population.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Telamon AmeriCorps member Michelle Tule and Telamon Housing Program Coordinator Maria Zavala about their work helping people strengthen their financial literacy skills.
Florensio Hernandez, Senior Admissions Counselor at Michigan State University and Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan board member, speaks with A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki about his professional work and how the importance of access to opportunity continues to motivate him.
Felipe Lopez Sustaita, Executive Director of the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan, was part of the Talks at Google seminar series. During the interview Felipe discusses his experiences as a migrant farmworker and how it has influenced his personal and professional decision making.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki features a Facebook Live Event from the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP). In 2020 leaders from the nonprofit farming community spoke about their work lifting up black and brown voices in agriculture and combating the racism that is endemic to our food system-as well as the additional challenges brought on by Covid-19. Enjoy the episode.
Hispanic /Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) Executive Director Felipe Lopez Sustaita and Daniel Carreon-Camberos speak with HLCOM Commissioner Consuela Barber-Lopez about her work as a community activist in the City of Detroit.
A Passion to Serve host Don speaks with Isabel Gross, Occupational Safety & Health Project Coordinator with Farmworker Justice. During the interview we discuss the Medicaid enrollment initiative, which has the intent of disseminating reliable information about Medicaid so marginalized populations feel empowered to make informed decisions about their healthcare. Enjoy.
In 2020 A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki was part of an alumni panel put on by Michigan Sfate University’s (MSU) College of Arts and Letters. The theme was employment opportunities with nonprofits. MSU students submitted questions such as what to expect after graduation as well as how to develop a career path that aligns with one’s passion and skill set. Enjoy the episode!
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Edgar Torres-Salina about his work as a Labor Program Coordinator with Great Lakes Agricultural Labor Services, LLC. Great Lakes Agricultural Labor Services, LLC has been in operation since 2015 and supports growers by meeting their agricultural workforce needs through the H-2A foreign worker visa program.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki rebroadcasts a Facebook Live event from the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP). In July, 2020 AFOP employee Kendra Moesle spoke with Mexican American Council CEO Eddie Garza about strategies to empower Farmworker youth. Enjoy.
During this episode of A Passion to Serve, host Don Kuchnicki discusses the Jobs for Americas Graduates Program that is being implemented in the State of Indiana by Telamon-TRC. Learn how this program helps high school students plan and prepare for both educational and employment opportunities!
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with attorneys Anna Hill and Diana Marín from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center about the public health order requiring mandatory Covid-19 testing of agriculture and food processing employees.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks Rob Anderson from the Michigan Farm Bureau about the impact of Covid-19 on the the agricultural industry and their opposition to the public health order that requires mandatory Covid-19 testing of Ag and food processing employees.
A Passion to Serve host speaks with Dr. Lisbeth Iglesias-Ríos and Dr. Alexis Handal about the Michigan Farmworker Project. The Michigan Farmworker Project’s goal is to improve working and living conditions for Michigan farmworkers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
During this episode of A Passion to Serve, host Don Kuchnicki shares a recording from Telamon Corporation’s Facebook Live Event that discusses how we can impact community change through voting and community action. The episode features moderator Kalyn Miller and guests Mitchell Brown from the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Angelica Razo from Mi Familia Vota. Enjoy.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Brian Rakovitis from the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). During this episode Brian discusses CEDAM programs and initiatives as well as the 2020 Economic Development Leader of the Year award.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Dale Freeman, Director of the Office for Migrant Affairs. During the episode Dales talks about overcoming challenges to meet the needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Feliciano Paredes, one of the founders and creators of AgHelp. AgHelp is a mobile platform that helps agricultural employees source, retain and attract local and national talent while connecting workers with local support services.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Mr. Juan Marinez about the 2020 Census and the voter registration process. Mr. Marinez is in his second term as commissioner for the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan and is a Michigan State Extension Agent Director Emeritus.
The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs conducted a Facebook Live Event to discuss available services in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. I have incorporated the audio recording in this episode.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki shares a Facebook Live event, where he and AgHelp co founder Sadoc Paredes are interviewed about employment and training opportunities in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki shares a Facebook Live Event recording put on by the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs. This session focuses on the impact of Covid-19 on the Ag industry.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki shares a Facebook Live recording put on by the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP). Amy Liebman from the Migrant Clinicians Network and Dr. Laszlo Madaras discuss challenges the Farmworker community is facing due to the Coronavirus, or Covid-19.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with PathStone employees Jeff Lewis, Luayda Ortiz and Brenda Sota about employment and training programs in Puerto Rico as well as disaster relief efforts when hurricanes and earthquakes have impacted the island.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Telamon employees Anett Espinoza and Fabian Alvarado about their experiences providing employment and training services to migrant and seasonal Farmworkers.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Sophia Rodas about her participation in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), her internship with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan and her involvement with the Telamon Farmworker Individual Development Account Program.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Telamon employee Rafael Turanzas about the Re-Interview Program. Rafael re-interviews farmworker families to verify eligibility for the Michigan Migrant Education Program.
During episode six of A Passion to Serve, podcast host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Telamon Michigan Head Start employee Luis Ramos. Mr. Ramos discusses his role as a State Family Services Specialist as well as his long-term commitment to serving individuals, communities and his country.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki talks with Telamon Corporation employees Naxhiely Orozco and Josue Guillen about their role as Workforce Development Specialists. Josue and Naxhiely discuss a day in the life of a Workforce Development Specialist, their challenges and triumphs.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Joshua Simon and Julieta Cruz Flores, two winners of the 2019 Children in the Fields essay and art contest. During this episode Joshua and Julieta discuss what inspired their art and future dreams they have for themselves and their family.
Melanie Forti, Health and Safety Director for the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP), discusses the Children in the Fields Campaign. We talk about work being done on behalf of Farmworker children as well as winners of the 2019 Essay and Art contest, which provides a creative outlet for youth to express themselves.
During episode two of a Passion to Serve I speak with Cynthia Thomas-Grant about the professional career of Eloy Salazar, who began advocating on behalf of farmworkers during the civil rights movement.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Diane Swift and Rita Garcia-Manus, who were inducted into the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) Hall of Fame in 2019. During the podcast Diane and Rita discuss the work they have done on behalf of migrant and seasonal farmworkers as well as offer their experience and wisdom about administering programs and other important leadership responsibilities.