OneAmerica is the largest immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Washington State, organizing with and advocating for diverse communities including Latinx, African, and Asian. One America has an incredible super-list of COVID-19 resources including bilingual and multilingual resources. From OneAmerica: “We’ve compiled a list of resources in Washington State (some in multiple languages) to ensure everyone in our communities are able to receive the care and necessities they need. Hemos compilado una lista de recursos en el estado de Washington (algunos en varios idiomas) para garantizar que todos en nuestras comunidades puedan recibir la atención y las necesidades que necesitan.” Categories include:
- General COVID-19 Information
- Federal Resources
- County Resources
- City Resources
- Education Resources
- Unemployment Resources
- Resources for Undocumented folks
ImmigrantsRising Super-list of COVID19 Resources
- Immigrantsrising.org is a California based non-profit. They have posted an exceptionally clear list of resources – many are national or general. Please note this is not a Washington-specific resource. Google Doc: Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities during COVID19.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance
- Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance: COVID-19 Response
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services COVID 19 Update
Refugee Women’s Alliance
ReWA supports multi-ethnic “refugee and immigrant women and their families with culturally and linguistically appropriate service” including behavioral health services, a domestic violence program, an early learning center and ESL classes, employment and job training, family empowerment such as food education, housing and homelessness prevention, legal help and more.
- ReWA is collecting donations for families in need.
- Read their recent blog on COVID Response.
- ReWA Behavioral Health is serving clients, but Kent, SeaTac and MLK offices are closed starting March 16th.
- Contact: facebook. 4008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way South, Seattle, WA 98108. (206) 721.0243.
Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of All Races)
Grounded in the Latino community but working to better the lives of all people, El Centro has been focusing on promoting unity “across all racial and economic sectors,” and organizing, empowering and defending marginalized communities since 1972. Through various programs, its participants work to enhance their lives by progressing toward 29 different “core outcomes.”
- El Centro is receiving donation for COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. DONATE HERE.
- Food bank in Seattle open on:
- Wednesday 3:30 – 6:30 PM (for seniors and people with mobility limitations only).
- Thursday 10 AM – 12 PM and 2 PM – 4PM (window pick-up service from the north ground floor entrance).
- Friday 2 PM – 4 PM (window pick-up service from the north ground floor entrance).
- For DACA scholarship assistance please contact (206) 957.4605.
- Contact: facebook, twitter, instagram. 2524 16th Avenue S, Seattle, Washington 98144.
International Rescue Committee
This global organization responds to humanitarian crises’ around the world. In 2017, the organization and their international partners provided cash and asset transfers to 179,491 households of refugees and vulnerable people, helped nearly 23 million people access primary health care, and provided 1.14 million children with schooling and other education opportunities. Last year in the U.S. alone, it helped to create 134 refugee-owned small businesses and helped resettle 10,665 refugees and special immigrant visa recipients.
- IRC is receiving donations for The International Rescue Committee program to 40 countries around the world including US, Greece, Italy, Syria, and Yemen.
- Read about how the IRC responds to COVID-19 in Syria and other conflict zones.
- Contact: facebook twitter, instagram.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service
ACRS promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services. Services that ACRS overs due to COVID-19 pandemic are included:
- Read How ACRS is Supporting Communities During the COVID 19 Crisis.
- Immigration consultation services by phone
- Emergency food distribution through the ACRS Food Bank and coordinated delivery to older adults with community partners.
- Contact: facebook, twitter, instagram, e-mail. 3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Seattle, WA 98144. (206) 695-7600.
COVID-19 – Relief Fund for Undocumented People
- Founded by South Seattle College student organizers, this is a fundraiser to help ensure undocumented families can continue to pay back their rent once the current residential evictions moratorium has been lifted. For more information or to contribute to the fund, visit: gofundme.com/f/rent-fund-for-undocumented-people-covid19.