Fundraiser for Our Local Asylum-Seeker Was a HUGE Success! Thank You!
Thank you for your donations, and for spreading the word about our fund drive! We made our initial $2,000 goal and then raised an additional $1,000 to help get Ana settled once her case is decided. We actually ended up raising $3,545 through Faithify, and even more including donations made directly to the Sanctuary Project.
We can assure you all of the funds will be spent to support Ana, or the next asylum-seeker we sponsor if Ana no longer needs our financial support.
We are still looking for volunteer drivers and want to spread the word about sponsoring asylum-seekers. Have you approached your church leaders about sponsoring an asylum-seeker? We can help you do that. Contact me.
Progressive Action for the Common Good is a member of the Quad Cities Sanctuary Coalition (QCSC). Alta Price and Margie Mejia-Caraballo are the PACG representatives to the QCSC.
Ana, an asylum-seeker from El Salvador, was released from dehumanizing conditions in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention as a result of the partnership between the Quad Cities Sanctuary Coalition and the Sanctuary Project at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities (UUCQC).
Due to the disruptive nature of our immigration system and other factors, we have had unexpected expenses of over $2,000 and there have been increased demands on our volunteers. For instance, ICE has repeatedly re-scheduled appointments upon us arriving in Chicago, in spite of our best efforts to confirm the appointment before undertaking the trip!
The Faithify fund drive has closed. You can still donate to the Sanctuary Project through the UUCQC church. Visit the Sanctuary Project page at the UUCQC website for details.
If you would like to volunteer with the Sanctuary Project at the UUCQC, please fill out this Google Form. We especially need drivers, both locally and those willing to drive to Chicago (we are mindful of Covid protocols).
As ICE releases asylum-seekers, more sponsors will be needed, so also please consider whether sponsoring an asylum-seeker is right for your organization. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a discussion with a member of our group.
Contact me if you have questions.