Our community is resilient.
Elevate Mason Immigrant Worker Relief Project launched in April 2020 to support our county’s immigrant and refugee residents who are not eligible for the multiple federal stimulus checks nor unemployment benefits. Many of these folks work in our county’s most vital industries and in the era of COVID-19, it’s clear that they are some of our community’s most vulnerable people. Through individual donations and grants, our group has supported 274 individuals and families, each of them receiving $300 cash cards to help cover basic needs. We have raised and shared over $80,000 to date.
In 2020, we partnered with Leading From the Roots, a grant program that works to increase community resilience. This partnership gave us capacity to create a documentary film about our project and produce limited edition prints of this artwork. Local artist Stacie Gilkeson has been bringing hand painted signs to our community’s annual immigrant solidarity events. We are excited to offer prints of this movement artwork as thank you gifts for your donations! To learn more, please watch this trailer about the EMIWR Project and our community; Solidarity Beyond Charity: Elevate Mason County’s Mutual Aid Experiment by local filmmaker Zephyr Elise.
Even as more people get vaccinated and our state opens up, many folks are still out of work, commuting longer distances or working less hours than before the pandemic. The road to economic recovery is far away for many families but it’s even farther for our immigrant and refugee neighbors. We hope our fundraising efforts will complement State-level aid in these extraordinary times of need.
We are organizing for mutual aid because we believe in interdependence and cooperation and see this fundraiser as an opportunity to show solidarity with one another. As a 100% volunteer run project, all proceeds will go directly to our immigrant and refugee neighbors right here in Mason County. We want to welcome people at all income levels to participate, please use the sliding scale to reflect what you are able to share. Thank you for making this community effort possible!
Please carefully follow the instructions below to participate in our art fundraiser and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or challenges.
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