Opportunity for GED Support

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HEP grant logoSyntiro, a Maine non-profit, was just awarded a High School Equivalency Program grant that might be beneficial to anyone in the farming/logging industry. Maine’s HEP provides support services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and loggers as they earn their GED. Many people don't realize that they qualify for migrant benefits. You only need to have worked 75 days over the past 24 months doing agriculture/logging work. Some of the services that the HEP grant provides are:

  • stipend of $100/week to cover personal expenses while attending GED classes
  • Linkages to adult education programs
  • Transportation & childcare reimbursement
  • Tutoring
  • Links to health and social services
  • Books and school supplies

Examples of qualifying farm work are blueberries, potatoes, dairy, poultry, tipping and logging. For logging, qualifying work includes: planting, trimming, de-limbing, and harvesting. As long as it’s not processing (working in a paper mill, chipping factory etc) it counts!

Immediate family members of the seasonal worker can participate. This includes: a spouse, a parent, step-parent, adoptive parent, foster parent, or anyone with guardianship, any person who claims the individual as a dependent on a Federal income tax return for either of the previous two years, or resides in the same household as the individual, supports that individual financially, and is a relative of that individual.

Please don’t hesitate to call Syntiro to see if an activity counts. Anyone who qualifies for Migrant Education Programs and people who participate in the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) are automatically eligible. More information and referral forms can be found at: www.mainehep.org. Email or call Program Director Debbie Gilmer: gilmer@maine.edu, 207-866-4007 or Regional Facilitator, Maria Millard: maria@syntiro.org, 207-735-7198

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