Mano en Mano head to speak



MOUNT DESERT — Ian Yaffe, executive director of Mano en Mano/Hand in Hand, will speak about his organization and experiences working with immigrants and migrant workers throughout Maine when he comes to the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on Saturday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m.

Following Yaffe’s presentation, a panel of Milbridge bilingual staff and volunteers, including COA graduate Becca Haydu, Mano en Mano communications and development coordinator, will discuss their work.

At 3 p.m., the audience is invited to stay and join in small group discussions to explore ways to act in solidarity with immigrants, migrants and communities of color in Maine and beyond.

Yaffe graduated from Bowdoin College in 2009 with a degree in Latin American studies and education. There, he founded Food Forward, a student organization that recycles food and educates the community about fighting hunger and its causes. In 2010, he joined Mano en Mano, where he led construction of Maine’s first affordable housing project for farmworkers (Hand in Hand apartments) and oversees several educational programs across Washington County for migrant workers. Outside of Mano en Mano, Yaffe is a boatswain’s mate 1st class in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and serves on the boards of directors of Coastal Enterprises Inc. and the Maine Philanthropy Center.

Sponsored by Acadia Friends Quaker Meeting, the event is open to the public and free, although donations to Mano en Mano will be gratefully accepted. Call Carole Beal at 266-0664.

Mano en Mano is a nonprofit organization that provides access to services for immigrants and migrant agricultural and fishing workers and their families. Bilingual staff in Milbridge, Pleasant Point, Indian Township and Portland work with immigrant youths who move across school district lines as their parents harvest crops and make wreaths with the aim of a high school diploma for all students. Community outreach in Milbridge seeks to bring people living in the area together with year-round workshops, tutoring, health and human services, and special events, including community potlucks, where at least half of the several hundred who attend are bilingual. Visit www.manomaine.org.