It was at the end of March – on a Tuesday afternoon – that we convened a conversation of immigrant-led and immigrant-serving organizations, agencies and leaders across the city.
It was a rapid response action: how do we all get in a conversation so as not to duplicate work when each day was critical? How do we act quickly to leverage the gifts and skills, resources and relationships to respond as a community in the face of sweeping and sudden job loss with no government support specifically for those that are undocumented in our community?
We heard from undocumented leaders –
The pandemic was exposing long-standing systemic injustices:
Undocumented workers hold up our food systems and yet do not
qualify for unemployment benefits.
No stimulus checks were coming for undocumented tax payers.
Can you believe that undocumented tax payers have not and will not receive a stimulus check?
And, rent was soon due. Within days ISAAC’s Emergency Immigration Fund quickly responded launching a COVID-19 Rapid Response Special Initiative.
By April 1st a bilingual application was live for immediate financial support and essential mini-grants of $300 were dispersed with few hurdles.
Your gift to the Emergency Immigration Fund will help to replenish the only fund in Larimer County offering immediate financial support to those within our community who are in crisis and are undocumented.
To date, the fund has dispersed over 315 grants — distributing almost 100K in much needed funds. The stories of impact are countless and the demand for immediate relief continues.
Your gift will make a significant impact locally to those folks within our community who have been locked out of most sources of relief. Everything that you give will directly support undocumented families in our community. Thank you for your generosity and for opening up to the ways COVID-19 is not hitting us all equally.
Give to the Emergency Immigration Fund here.