Friends of Fieldworkers, Inc., is a non-profit charity established to help improve the lives of the families of fieldworkers in Ventura County. We receive contributions of cash and in-kind gifts (clothing, bedding, books, household items, furniture, etc.), sponsor activities for children, and provide assistance with such matters as education and healthcare.
Friends of Fieldworkers, Inc., was founded on October 7, 2013, as a response to the Oxnard fire of October 4, 2013, that destroyed the homes of dozens of families and left them to fend for themselves. We collected clothing, household items, furniture, toys, medical supplies and books, and distributed them to as many of the displaced and scattered families as we could locate. From its founding until its incorporation in 2015, Friends of Fieldworkers operated as a subsidiary of The Abundant Table, and received contributions of cash and in-kind goods that were distributed to families and relatives of the fire victims.
Friends of Fieldworkers, Inc., was incorporated in the State of California on May 13, 2015, as a not-for-profit charitable organization. The IRS granted the charity 501(c)(3) status in November, 2015, retroactive to its founding date.
Judy F. Lucas, President
Ted Lucas, Vice President and Treasurer
Alma Ramirez, Secretary
Special thanks to our out-going Board member Sylvia Echeberri, who recently returned to her home in Colombia. She did various best practices research projects for FOF, and was responsible, along with Alma Ramirez, for the Spanish translation of Friends of Fieldworkers… Amigos de trabajadores de campo/ Friends of Fieldworkers: Historias Verdaderas Y Personales De Triunfos, Lágrimas E Invisibilidad. Una Crónica De Amor/ True and Personal Stories of Triumphs, Tears and Invisibility. a Chronicle of Love.
Martha Martinez-Bravo, Community Outreach Coordinator
Special thanks to Suzanne Lingl, our Community Health Advisor, who recently moved with her family to new medical positions in the Netherlands. Over the past several years, Suzanne gave generously of her time and attention to our fieldworkers facing COVID illness, skin diseases, chemo-therapy, pregnancy and other concerns. She was always available to talk over fieldworkers’ medical concerns.