Organizations work to help immigrants during pandemic


CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Organizations are fundraising to help immigrants who did not qualify for federal or state aid.

The New American Welcome Center has distributed financial aid to 260 people in 65 households since the start of the pandemic. Community members have helped it raise nearly $80,000. However, in the past week alone, the organization received 104 requests for aid totaling $110,400, which is double the number of requests it received from March 19 to May 10, 2020.

Likewise, the Immigration Project, which helps immigrants in Central and Southern Illinois, is distributing $500 per person or $1,000 per household to those who do not qualify for federal assistance. The organization has given out roughly $9,000 so far.

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