In times of COVID-19, La Colmena is the only community organization that is open to help the immigrant community on Staten Island. Support us with your donation this May 5 and you will have the opportunity to double your donation!
Whether it is working remotely or handing out food and essentials; our team is ready to help the most vulnerable communities. Before the pandemic, on a regular day we would open our door for six committees. La Colmena gave members of the Day Laborers, Mujeres Liderando, Ñani Migrante, Guelaguetza, L’Unicorns, and Staten Island Butterfly Effect a space to meet. All groups are made of immigrant people, immigrant fathers, mothers and children.
Undocumented workers are essential workers, they are families that were excluded of the Coronavirus Stimulus Plans. Some do not qualify for basic work protections, like sick leave and unemployment insurance. Federal emergency funds are leaving out the undocumented workers. In the past months, our community members were already being targeted by ICE raids on Staten Island. Our legal team has been working diligently to help families who are facing deportation. In the middle of a pandemic, ICE was still conducting raids despite them publicly announcing that they were putting a pause to their raids. Along with our allies we have done fundraisers to help aid families who were impacted by ICE.
Our goal is to continue supporting our community members and their families. During these times, we need to come together and support those families who work so hard to provide a meal, pay rent and support their families. Your donation will go to families who need financial support and other essentials to survive during these uncertain times.
This emergency fund will be explicitly available for community members on Staten Island. Community members will submit their application to receive funds online. Our Executive staff will then review the applications to define the community’s necessities.
La Colmena- Community Job Center is a community based organization with the mission to empower the immigrant community through education, organizing and economic development. It was founded in 2016 by domestic workers, day laborers and community allies to establish a membership based organization that advocates and improves the lives of Staten Island’s low wage immigrant workforce.
In these times we want our allies to support their community members by donating. We understand that not everyone can give a monetary donation, here are other options:
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Natalie DeVito & family
Emili V Prado
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