Immigrants have long held low-wage jobs in Flagstaff restaurants, hotels, cleaning services, and construction. And many have already been laid off in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Although undocumented workers are vital to our economic and community well-being, most are systemically excluded from safety-net programs like unemployment insurance and other public benefits. And despite paying into our tax system just like the rest of us, most will not receive a dollar of support from the COVID-19 federal relief program. This is a huge injustice!
We rely on the tireless labor of our immigrant neighbors. Today, they need to be able to rely on us.
By contributing to the COVID-19 Fund for Flagstaff’s Immigrant Families, you help local families and individuals pay their rent and utilities, buy groceries, and obtain urgently needed medical care. You also let them know they are valued in our community.
Please give as much as you can! We welcome all amounts — from $5 on. Consider pledging all or some portion of your federal COVID-19 relief check to the immigrant community. As you consider what you can give and what is just, perhaps Rabbi Hillel’s words can guide you:
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?”
PARA SOLICITAR FINANCIACIÓN HAGA CLIC AQUÍ .
TO APPLY FOR FUNDING CLICK HERE .
This emergency fund is a mutual aid project by El Pueblo de Flagstaff to help immigrant families who would otherwise be pushed further into the shadows, without ways to meet their immediate survival needs during this pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.
El Pueblo de Flagstaff is an organized network of Flagstaff community people prepared to protect the wholeness and wellness of our communities that are being targeted and torn apart by ICE and other forms of state violence. El Pueblo de Flagstaff believes it is every person’s human right to exist openly and freely in the spaces where they live, love, work, party, and pray.
We are grounded in the values of interdependence and mutual aid.
We are partnering in this fund with Pastor Nathan Watts of the First Congregational Church of Flagstaff, which is committed to doing justice, seeking peace, and effecting change for a better world. https://fccflagstaff.org/immigrant-welcoming-congregation/
We invite YOU to partner with us too!
1. Donate to this COVID-19 Emergency Fund. No amount is too small or too large.
2. Tell us why you contributed. Leave a comment explaining why you support our immigrant neighbors and friends.
3. Spread the word to your social network — both locally and online.
And thank you for helping us widen the safety net to all!
All donations received through this GoFundMe campaign will be deposited directly in a designated account with Pastor Nathan Watts of First Congregational Church of Flagstaff. Grants of $500 each will be provided to affected individuals and families on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been completely distributed. All funds raised will go directly to applicants; no funds will be used for any other purpose.
People can apply for funds by completing an application online. El Pueblo de Flagstaff will provide a link here to this application shortly and will share it with affected community members at https://www.facebook.com/UnidosSobrevivimos.
When people submit their applications, Pastor Watts will contact them to make arrangements for delivery of each $500 grant and to inquire about additional needs.
Applicants will be contacted and funds disbursed as quickly as possible. The intention in providing these funds is to assist undocumented members of the Flagstaff community in meeting immediate needs (such as food, shelter, and medical care) that have been made significantly more difficult as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you for your contribution. You are making this crucial work possible.
- Deborah McFatter
- Sandra Rooney
- Sheila Guida
- Russell Randall
Organizer and beneficiary
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