A large group of workers, including many first-responders, are categorically excluded from any financial help at all to cope with the COVID-19 emergency, according to the Latino Community Association. LCA has started a COVID-19 Immigrant Family Relief Fund to prevent those families from amassing debts for rent and utilities, and to afford groceries and gas.
"The stimulus payments in the CARES Act exclude anyone without a Social Security number," said LCA Executive Director Brad Porterfield. "Yet millions of immigrant workers who have Individual Tax ID numbers pay taxes like everyone else and deserve financial assistance as jobs are lost and hours cut."
To help immigrant families pay for rent or mortgage, food and other essentials, LCA was invited by several Oregon and Washington-based private foundations to pursue mini-grants. Then LCA launched a peer-to-peer online fundraising campaign to ask Central Oregon residents to help out. A couple of foundations and many individuals gave, and by mid-April, the funding total reached $103,500. The campaign goal is $150,000.
"With support from generous donors we can deliver financial assistance that will help Latino families in Central Oregon survive this health crisis," Porterfield said. "We are working with our partners to overcome this emergency and prepare for a brighter future ahead."
To contribute or start a peer-to-peer fundraising page, visit https://latinocommunityassociation.org.
By mid-April, donors included: United Way of Deschutes County - $5,000; Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation - $10,500; MRG Foundation - $10,000; The Ford Family Foundation - $10,000 for Jefferson and Crook counties; Central Oregon Health Council - $5,000; M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust - $25,000; Tykeson Family Charitable Trust - $25,000; Peaces by Lauren - $1,000; one anonymous donation of $10,000; and several anonymous donations totaling $2,000.
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