A Passion to Serve

A Passion to Serve

By Don Kuchnicki
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.
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Season 2, Episode 10

A Passion to Serve

Season 2, Episode 10

A Passion to Serve

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Season Two, Episode 14
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.
46:59
June 2, 2020
Season 2, Episode 13
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Agricultural Employment Specialist Ginger Vallejo about the life and legacy of her grandparents, Mr. Felipe Serna and Mrs. San Juana Serna.
13:31
May 12, 2020
Season 2, Episode 12
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Agricultural Employment Specialist Ginger Vallejo about her experiences as both a farmworker and Farmworker advocate.
30:36
May 5, 2020
Season 2, Episode 11
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.
59:03
April 21, 2020
Season 2, Episode 10
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.
56:38
April 14, 2020
Season 2, Episode 9
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.
56:50
April 7, 2020
Season 2, Episode 8
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Amy Liebman from the Migrant Clinicians Network about the Coronavirus, or Covid-19, and its potential impact on migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
33:10
March 30, 2020
Season 2, Episode 7
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks again with Daniel Carreño-Camberos from the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan about recent changes due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
13:45
March 19, 2020
Season 2 Episode 6
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Dr. Felipe Lopez Sustaita and Daniel Carreño-Camberos about their work with the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan.
32:15
March 16, 2020
Season 2 Episode 5
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.
28:50
March 2, 2020
February 27, 2020
00:43
February 27, 2020
Season 2 Episode 4
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with lobbyist Lee Foley about his work advocating on behalf of migrant and seasonal Farmworkers.
17:13
February 17, 2020
Season 2 Episode 3
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Farmworker Justice senior staff attorney Iris Figueroa about the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.
43:10
February 3, 2020
Season 2 Episode 2: Telamon employee and Housing Program Coordinator Maria Zavala.
A Passion to Serve host Don Kuchnicki speaks with Housing Program Coordinator Maria Zavala about Telamon’s housing counseling line of business.
36:40
January 19, 2020
Episode 9 Telamon employees Anett Espinoza and Fabian Alvarado.
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.
26:04
January 7, 2020
Episode 8 Michigan State University student Sophia Rodas.
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.
16:13
December 21, 2019
A Passion to Serve Episode Seven
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.
11:14
December 10, 2019
A Passion to Serve Episode Six
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.
13:29
November 26, 2019
APassion to Serve-Episode Five
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.
12:12
November 19, 2019
A Passion to Serve: Episode Four
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.
15:27
November 13, 2019
Episode Three Children in the Fields Campaign
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.
12:29
November 8, 2019
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs Hall of Fame Inductee Eloy Salazar
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.
22:12
October 31, 2019
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs Hall of Fame
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.
21:09
October 16, 2019