Superintendent Thurmond Tours FIELD’s New Facility, Gives Org a Shoutout

FIELD was honored to host California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on a recent tour of FIELD’s Union Avenue facility that is being redeveloped to accommodate our growing footprint in the state. FIELD CEO and President David Villarino acted as tour guide to the whole complex. He pointed out the new dorms under construction that will allow at least 16 unhoused Chavez Environmental Corps corpsmembers to live onsite while they are working with the organization. Thurmond also got a tour of FIELD’s  Recycling Center, where students are trained in what could become a sustainable career for them, along with the childcare center and construction workshop.

“It was a privilege to tour the new FIELD facility on César Chávez Day, honoring the visionary who founded FIELD nearly 50 years ago,” Thurmond said. “This multi-million dollar facility carries forward FIELD’s legacy of empowering underserved communities whose work is at the core of our state’s economy. Just as thousands have thrived through FIELD’s educational and workforce programs, this new center will provide each worker with the skills to thrive, lead, raise the quality of life in our communities.“  

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Thurmond sent out a statewide press release announcing his pride in receiving the 2024 Cesar E. Chavez Opportunity Award. “Extraordinary models of social justice inspire us to do better and be better. There are few that rival the inspiration of Cesar Chavez and FIELD, an organization he founded 46 years ago, and their work to support farm working and rural communities,” Thurmond said. Read the entire release here: SPI Tony Thurmond Honored with Cesar Chavez Award – Year 2024 (CA Dept of Education).