“Last summer concerned local volunteers formed Acompañar, an informal group, which provided Guatemalan asylum-seekers with free transportation to their monthly ICE appointments in Eugene. They had been paying up to $200 for transportation each month.
“During the Covid-19 crisis our concerns have turned to serving families in the community who are not eligible for government financial assistance.The majority of this population work in the service industry, in our restaurants and motels and they are now left without any income. Although these families are an integral part of our tourism economy in Lincoln County they will receive no unemployment and no stimulus checks. Others work in the woods collecting Salal to be used in floral arrangements, or fish processing plants. They, too, have lost jobs because of the impact on those markets. These are desperate times and we want to help these community members through this crisis.
Acompañar began a fundraising effort to help these families with costs of food and utilities during these dire times. We receive referrals through the local individuals connected with the immigrant community, a county program serving young mothers, and also local pastors. At this time we are serving 50 plus families each month with $120 per family which provides rice, beans, masa and other food items. Depending upon future donations we would like to increase the number of families we serve and continue this effort for at least another 3 months. We are hoping that community members will remember us among the many worthy causes when they are making donations from the stimulus checks they receive. We are all volunteers and there is no overhead with this project. All donations go directly to the families in need.
Yachats Community Presbyterian Church has agreed to be our fiscal agent and we can now use their non-profit status for tax-deductible donations.
Please support our efforts with a donation. Make checks payable to YCPC (Yachats Community Presbyterian Church) with “Acompañar donation” in the memo line.
Mail to: Acompañar at PO Box 755, Waldport, OR. 97394