Conservation on the Ground –
Carolyn King--Working Hard for the Hispanic Special Emphasis Group
by Joyce Nicholas, NRCS Soil Conservationist, Perry and Bibb Counties, AL
One person can and does make a difference in our
organization; however, when working towards a common goal—
for the good of many—we often need to join forces with another.
Carolyn King, Alabama Hispanic Special Emphasis Program
Manager (HSEPM), along with Public Affairs Specialist Julie Best,
have done just that. They have been working to bridge the
language barrier between NRCS and the Hispanic community in
Alabama. What a great team these two NRCS employees have
Carolyn took the lead in this effort, and found a Hispanic
newspaper source -- the Latino News. This newspaper has agreed to translate NRCS news
releases into Spanish and publish them in their newspaper. The newspaper covers several
counties in north and central Alabama. They will translate and publish the 2006 Alabama
NRCS EQIP news release. Julie says, “This is a first for our state and we hope that it works
well. Becoming acquainted with this news source may provide NRCS with new
partners/customers, whereby we may provide our services to Hispanic communities all over
Alabama is very fortunate to have a dedicated person like Carolyn as an employee and as our
HSEPM. While serving in this collateral duty position, Carolyn has made friends all over the
Nation, many of whom regard her fondly with kind and gracious words. While working with
Carolyn in Baldwin Count, I learned first-hand how devoted and dedicated she is to God, her
family, her community and her job. “Never say never” is a thought that comes to my mind
when I think of Carolyn. She is very tenacious! She works until the job gets done, or until she
simply exhausts all avenues.
Serving as the Alabama HSEPM, Carolyn is helping to improve relationships with an
underserved group. Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC) Chair Terry Williamson
commends Carolyn’s efforts; and as a co-worker and the next CRAC Chair, so do I.
For your info, the link to the newspaper is: http://www.latino-news.com/index.php?id=242&L=3
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