EPES, ALABAMA…. The Federation of Southern Cooperatives is offering its Training Center in Epes, Alabama to house volunteers and others assisting those who have been displaced from the tornadoes. Assistance to devastated communities will also include food, water, clothing, equipment, supplies, to Tuscaloosa and surrounding rural communities, impacted by the storms. Financial assistance is critical to offer this much needed support. Please consider donating on the Federation’s website at http://www.federation.coop to help with this much needed assistance.
The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF or Federation) is a regional, non-profit, IRS 501c 3 organization that provides information, technical assistance, training, resources and advocacy to a membership of 20,000 low income families working in cooperatives, credit unions and other self-help community based associations across the rural South. Organized in 1967, they are in their 44th year of operation.
A primary focus of the Federation is on Black farmers and landowners as well as other family farmers struggling to maintain their land, livelihood, culture and communities. The Federation utilizes the cooperative form of democratic economic organization to help people collectively address their problems and uplift their communities.
The Federation’s membership owns and operates a Rural Training and Research Center on 850 acres of land, near Epes, Alabama in rural Sumter County. The Center is halfway between Meridian, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, five miles from the Epes-Gainesville Exit – No. 23 on Interstate 59/20. The center has a dormitory (that sleeps 72 in bunk beds – 4 to a room), a commercial kitchen, auditorium, classrooms, offices and a demonstration farm and timber program.
For more information as to how you can help through the Federation: