Proteus, Inc

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Mission: Proteus, Inc. is a multistate nonprofit, 501c3 organization that has been serving agricultural workers and their families since 1979. Proteus, Inc. serves agricultural workers and their families who are experiencing lower socioeconomic statuses and need access to more resources. The Proteus, Inc. mission and vision have always centered around transforming to meet the needs of farmworkers, which is what we have done in the over 40 years of providing services to them and their families.

Location: Des Moines (47.8 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs:  At this time, Proteus does not have the capacity to support in-house or remote volunteers. However, we always welcome long-sleeve shirt donations (to protect farmworkers from the sun and pesticides) and NEW Hydro Flask donations (to keep farmworkers’ water cool all day). You can even organize a drive in your community! For any other questions, please reach out to Emily Mendez at


Background check required: no


How to apply: Email Emily Mendez at

Contact: Emily Mendez, 515-745-9885


Operation information: Proteus provides farmworkers and their families with job training, education assistance, emergency assistance, and affordable health care in the state of Iowa. Career Coaches, Program Specialists, and Regional Directors help implement the National Farmworker Jobs Program which provides these resources.

Mailing address: 1221 Center St. Suite 16 Des Moines, IA 50309, Des Moines

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