Fiesta de los Amigos Fundraising Dinner, Nov 9
GIST (Guemes Immigrant Support Team) is a group of Guemes volunteers that formed around the idea of continuing island support for immigrants in our area. GIST has joined with the Guemes Church for a fundraising dinner, FIESTA DE LOS AMIGOS, with the goal of raising $2000. Proceeds will be divided between four existing organizations actively assisting immigrants in Skagit County. We hope to give each of these remarkable tax-deductible groups $500. All four can be easily found online.
• Red Group. The first $500 would go to this student outreach and support group under the umbrella of Skagit Valley College. Some, but not all, of the young people involved are DACA. Red Group also sponsors a Community Information Fair, The iDream Conference.
• IRIS (Immigrant Resources & Immediate Support) supports 2 to 5 immigrant families at a time with very basic needs that include school costs. IRIS is all volunteer with no overhead costs. Some of their families seek asylum, some are homeless, some are single parents, and all are in great need.
• SIRC (Skagit Immigrant Rights Council) provides basic legal information to immigrants. Donations to SIRC go to student scholarships and low-cost loans to immigrants seeking citizenship. These loans reduce the financial hardship of the application fees, which can be considerable. SIRC is all volunteer with no overhead costs.
• Tri-Parish Food Bank is located near St Charles Catholic Church in Mount Vernon and has a large and varied immigrant clientele. It is not a recipient of the successful local “Red Bag” program. Tri-Parish buys appropriately and in bulk, has a communal garden, and benefits from a very dedicated long-term staff. They serve all comers. Tri-Parish’s overhead costs are estimated at 20%.
On the evening of Nov. 9, there will be a brief informational program of personal stories provided by two remarkable young immigrant (Mixtec) women, Guillermina Bazante and Marta Martinez Olivera. There will be time for questions. These two women do not represent any of the four groups above but, as community activists, they seek to better the conditions for all local immigrants.
Sock drive for fieldworkers who badly need good, new wool socks (Merino/Smartwool/Wigwam at Amazon or REI), size 9-11. Please bring what you can.
$5 tickets for a $100 Gift Certificate to COA Mexican Eatery.
Cash donations will be accepted at the door or with a check made out to the Guemes Island Community Church with “Immigrant Support” written on the memo line. Donations are tax-deductible. You do not have to attend to donate. Checks may also be mailed to The Guemes Island Community Church, 7611 Guemes Island Rd, Anacortes, WA 98221.
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