Pesticide Watch Education Fund receives numerous calls and emails from Californians concerned about the dangers of pesticides. We support the efforts of activists and community groups to achieve their goals through our program. These efforts to train, educate, and assist communities around California have led to significant changes in pesticides use at the local, regional, and statewide levels.
Our programs at Pesticide Watch Education Fund consist of four key elements that we use to help communities tackle their toxic problems. We offer training and education about how to engage in the democratic process. We help plan and coordinate events and conferences that bring together activists, experts, and non-profit resources to allow for sharing of information and strategies. We help communities network with other leaders and community groups around the state. Finally, we research both pesticides and the laws that regulate their use in California.
Group Training & Assistance
Pesticide Watch Education Fund offers seven group consultation sessions that groups can choose from to develop and implement strategies that effectively address local pollution issues. A staff person can come to your neighborhood and meet with you and your neighbors at a time that’s convenient for the group. We are proud to be able to develop a plan specifically tailored for each community that we work with.
- Planning a Winning Campaign.The first and most essential step to addressing any problem is to develop a campaign plan. We can help your group will clarify goals, develop a strategy for solving your problem, brainstorm specific steps to take, and develop a timeline for action.
- Effective Message and Materials. Your group will need a compelling message and materials that you can use when talking to other residents in your community, the media, and government officials. We can help you create those materials.
- Building Your Group. We can help your group will develop a plan to start, build, and maintain an effective and efficient neighborhood organization with recruitment and leadership training.
- Making the News. Your group might need a plan to publicize your issue in the media through events and building relationships with reporters. We have expertise in working with the media and can give you the information you need to get your issue out to the broader public.
- Fundraising to Win. If your group needs to raise money, we can help with membership, fundraising events, and/or grant writing trainings.
- Winning Community Votes. We have expertise running ballot campaigns, and offer training to identify supporters, get out the vote, and create a buzz that peaks on Election Day.
- Presenting At Public Hearings. Public hearings can be used to galvanize public support. We can help you recruit supporters and prepare compelling testimony.
Events & Conferences
Our conferences bring together issue experts and activists from across the state for trainings and information panels. Our leadership retreat is chance for leaders of organizations to get together, share resources, and strategize on campaigns that reach across our communities’ borders. Our day-long or weekend-long issue summits bring together several community groups that are working on the same issue throughout the region.
Pesticide Watch Education Fund’s conferences, trainings, and summits equip residents with the skills they need to win, education about on environmental issues and resources, a forum to share successes and strategies, and inspiration to prevent and clean up pollution in their neighborhoods.
The goal of our network is to both reinforce local campaigns and to help local groups see themselves as part of a larger movement for environmental health and democracy. We help connect neighborhood groups with other activists fighting similar battles to build confidence and share lessons, ideas and information. We also maintain an expert referral list with legal, public health and environmental professionals who help local groups pro bono or at a reduced fee
We maintain a database and reference materials that detail environmental threats throughout the region. In addition, we provide information about public health and environmental laws and regulations, both what they say on paper and how they work in practice.
If you are interested in making a tax free contribution to the work of Pesticide Watch Education Fund you can send a check or money order to:
1314 H Street #100A
Sacramento, CA 95814