A plea for help in helping those who aren’t benefitting from government programs – they’ve got families too…
Acompañar needs your help!
Since the onset of COVID-19 last April our immigrant population has been struggling financially along with others in Lincoln County. But they do not have access to government resources because of their resident status. This is particularly true of our Guatemalan asylum seekers. Acompañar has been trying to help with bi-weekly distributions of some cash and ethnic specific food with help from Food Share. By this fall most of our families were back at work and telling us they were doing better financially. It was our plan to convert our efforts to an emergency fund at the end of December and only serve individual families who experienced loss of income or emergency needs.
But now, with the second wave of the virus they find themselves unemployed again (some for the third time) with no financial resources to pay for food, utilities, etc. The problem is that Acompañar only has enough funds available to help through the first week in January. We would hope to provide some kind of assistance through January and into February since the forecast appears to show it will take a few more months before we see restaurants and motels rehiring at anything near normal times. This is where our immigrants are mainly employed. They make a significant contribution to maintaining the tourism and fishing industries here in Lincoln County.
Acompañar exists with an all volunteer effort by community members who support the importance of our local immigrants. There is no overhead and all donations go directly to those in need. So, if you could make a donation, no matter how small, it would be so appreciated during these very stressful times.
Tax-Deductible donations: Checks may be made to:
Acompañar /YCPC (Yachats Community Presbyterian Church)
PO Box 755
Waldport, OR. 97394
For more information contact Ginger Gouveia at 541-563-2090A