Our History

Mano a Mano (Spanish for “Hand in Hand”) was originally established in the summer of 1988 in response to the emergency needs of migrant farm workers and their families, as a result of acute crop failures and an over-supply of workers.

We originally operated out of Chemeketa Community College, and eventually opened our first office at 2360 State St., in Salem, Oregon, in the summer of 1990.

We were run by entirely by volunteers through 1991. In January of 1992, we hired our first part-time paid employee, Florencia Carrasco. By July of 1995, and with financial support from the Marion County Children and Families Commission, we hired additional staff and relocated to an office located at 3248 Market St. (directly across from Wells Fargo, near Savage St.).

In 30 years, an estimated 10,000 (unduplicated) families have received one or more supports from Mano a Mano.

Brief Mano a Mano Timeline