The Rural Migrant Ministry met at the IC this past week. We are always thrilled when our community partners choose IC as their meeting space and see this as an opportunity to work together to support the Geneva community.
The Rural Migrant Ministry is a non-profit organization working to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate people within rural New York by building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality and fight for dignity and opportunity to all. The group works with young and old rural leaders, as well as people in faith, labor and university communities who seek to stand with rural leaders as allies. The RMM implements its mission through three program areas: accompaniment, education and youth empowerment.
Gabriela Quintanilla, Associate Coordinator; Richard Witt, Executive Director; and West Cosgrove, Western New York Coordinator were all in attendance for this meeting.
RMM met at the ‘lovely casa – IC” at HWS – we were working on plan for the year and also discussed our plan for our educational worker center in Lyons. Part of our goal is to provide a space where people from all backgrounds can come to social justices liturgies in Grace Church in Lyons. The church is in the process of being remodeled to include RMM’s theater group- Justice Organization of Youth (JOY). It will also be a retreat center to continue hosting programs such as our annual Liberation Retreat. We believe that rural NY has to a lot to offer to support farmworkers and youth in the area, and we were very grateful that Intercultural Affairs provided a space for a very important meeting as we move forward. Gabriela Quintanilla, Associate Coordinator of Rural Migrant Ministry
For more information about RMM, check out their website here.
The RMM meeting at IC
The RMM meeting at IC
The Colleges have a history of sending students to volunteer at the Lyons location of RMM for Spring break. HWS volunteers will work with local migrant workers in areas of immigration education and food production. If you are interested in volunteering over Spring break with RMM, please contact Jeremy Wattles, Associate Director for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. For more information about Alternative Spring Breaks, check out CCESL’s website here.
ASB was not only a great service trip but a great opportunity for me to become friends with students I probably would not have interacted with on campus. I had a lot of fun doing service and am looking to go on another trip in the future. Josh Martin, H‘18
The Alternative Spring Break Trip was an absolutely incredible experience. Not only was I able to work and make connections with the kids in my elementary classroom, but I was able to become friends with remarkable students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges as well. I definitely recommend going on an Alternative Spring Break Trip. It was a life changing experience for me, and I have no doubt that it will be for you too! Natalie Bishop, WS ‘18