Undocumented immigrants are at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many undocumented people work in jobs that are most exposed to the virus and the shutdown. Everyone in our state and in our country is suffering from the effects of this pandemic. But while many in CT can turn to existing safety net programs, including unemployment insurance, public benefits, and new federal relief efforts – undocumented workers are largely excluded from those programs.
Our immigrant community is least likely to be able to “work from home” as a result, many have had their hours cut or laid off entirely. Those who still have a job are forced to risk the health and safety of themselves and their family for a paycheck. With schools closing, our communities also face greater childcare costs. Further, most undocumented individuals do not have access to health insurance or health care, making them more vulnerable.
Our goal is to address this gap and provide direct assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community.
We, undocumented and immigrant community members, are asking that allies donate and share this fundraiser with their networks. We as a community help each other, the undocumented immigrant community needs your support!
We are priotitizing undocumented immigrant families and individuals in Connecticut that have suffered loss of income or financial need due to the COVD-19 pandemic, who will not benefit from federal and state relief efforts
Donations are tax deductible and are processed by our partner the Neighbor Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Eastern Connecticut
We launched our first round of application in May, and distributed $80,750 to 99 families.
We then launched our second round of applications in August, and distributed $130,000 to 143 families.
After the application round closes, our selection commitee reviewed all applicants and distributed funds to directly impacted individuals and families on an as-needed basis, until the funds raised were completely distributed. We are keeping track of all donations, all requests, all disbursements, and tracking where every cent is going for transparency purposes.
We currently do not have a plan to open for a third round. If you would like to be kep updated about if and when we open the application again, please 1) follow us on Facebook here or instagram here or 2) you may sign up here from updates from us
Who are are:
- We are undocumented young people and people of color who have been organizing with the immigrant community in CT for years. We came together because we saw a need and we saw our community being left behind.
- Current Team: Constanza Segovia (Hartford), , Anghy Idrovo Castillo (Danbury), Vania Galicia-Bacilio (Willimantic), Varun Khattar (Windsor), Carolina Bortolleto (Danbury), Tashi Sanchez-Llaury (Stamford), Patrick Williams (Hartford), Camille Giraldo (New Haven), Katia Ruesta (Vernon), Laura Veira (Norwalk), Anthony Barroso (New Haven), and many more!