PCUN (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) expanded its community in September when they purchased an additional neighboring property, 356 Broadway St., for about $60,000.

The nonprofit organization raised funds to expand its community from a capital campaign for acquisition of property and also received individual donations from Oregonians and out-of-state individuals.

“For me as an individual working on social change, having one more asset in our block means a lot,” said Laura Isiordia, CAPACES’ executive director. “This is about sustainability, meaning we are here working to better the lives of those less fortunate for the years to come.

“We will be here for the long haul.”

Although upcoming plans with the property aren’t set in stone, a volunteer is staying at PCUN’s newest addition to care for and provide security to PCUN, CAPACES and the new property.

PCUN funded a supplementary $12,000 to the property to provide a livable environment for the volunteer, according to PCUN Secretary-Treasurer Jaime Arredondo.

“We’re equipping ourselves for the future. We’re taking concrete steps toward that to have additional space to operate our work,” said Arredondo.

Arredondo added PCUN’s work is likely to continue expanding in the immediate future based on the needs and opportunities of the farmworker immigrant community.

He said the future plans of the new property will be discussed at the next board meeting.

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