Immigrant families are hungry and need our help!
Covid-19 has devastated working-class families here in Lincoln County. People who work in tourism and fish processing have been among the hardest hit because of the closing of restaurants and motels, and market loss in the fishing sector. And the truth is that many of the people who work in tourism, agriculture and fishing are immigrants, mostly from Central America. They have kept our town humming along in relative prosperity for many years.
But now they need our help. Many are not eligible for unemployment payments or government emergency checks. They have no income and no money. Daily survival is a struggle. They are faced with difficult decisions. One option is to leave this community for one that offers more employment. But what will happen once tourism returns and the economy improves? Who will work in the kitchens, clean hotel rooms, process seafood, if there are no people ready and willing to do these hard jobs? Without these immigrants our tourism and fishing industries would not be able to recover from the devastation caused by the virus.
To help these immigrant families survive the turmoil caused by the pandemic, local individuals, pastors, Lincoln County School District, and other agencies have identified families in need money and food. “Acompañar,” a group of community volunteers who help transport immigrants to immigration appointments has set up a fund to collect and distribute donations to the families. Yachats Community Presbyterian Church is receiving donations from the public. Your donations are tax-deductible and should be sent to the Acompañar at PO Box 755, Waldport 97394, and made out to YCPC with “Acompañar donation” in the memo line.
If you are concerned about the well-being of all the members of our community and the future of our tourist-destination city, Please consider sending a donation.
Signed, Virginia Gibbs