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While the country continues to struggle with many overwhelming challenges and crises, we see daily the power of mutual aid and organizing. Nationally, there continue to be those working hard to roll back gains and keep us disempowered and divided. That’s why local community organizing and base-building is so important. Actively fostering unity and solidarity between and among oppressed people and allies strengthens our ability to win improvements, solve problems, and contribute to regional and national alliances and movements. Our allies’ participation and generosity in this process has been central to Proyecto Faro’s ability to generate hope and creative action.

And because this work is so vitally needed, we can’t say thank you enough. Over the past five years, your contributions of energy, time, and money have helped Proyecto Faro do this important and needed community work and grow into an organization Rockland immigrants rely on for support and as a partner for justice. Can you make a gift today to help us continue to support and organize within Rockland’s immigrant communities?

We hope the following updates on our programs and campaigns will inspire you to become a monthly sustainer, renew a recurring gift, or make a special 5 year anniversary donation!

Defending the Right to Safe Housing – We jumped into action to prevent hundreds of immigrants from imminently facing homelessness in Spring Valley. In partnership with United Way, we mobilized allies and  met with the County to insist that while they are right to address unsafe housing conditions in which many poor immigrants are forced to live, they must also provide temporary housing as repairs are made. We remain vigilant and will continue to actively connect the housing crisis with class inequality and xenophobia.

Fighting for Excluded Workers – We are part of a regional coalition working to ensure undocumented immigrants have access to safety nets like unemployment benefits. The  state-wide campaign successfully pressured NY state to pass the Fund for Excluded Workers. We supported community members to apply for relief before the fund quickly ran out. Organizers are now pushing for a permanent fund. We hosted a Nyack rally and stop-over for workers marching from NYC to Albany and continue to participate with partners in building momentum and power to ensure workers are Excluded No More.

Working for Educational Justice – Our Every Child Counts work continues to connect community members and ally organizations to work for educational justice in the East Ramapo Central School District. It’s an uphill battle but we won’t stop until students receive the education they deserve in a healthy and safe environment. We have advocated for transportation, provided translation and enrollment support to hundreds of families in the face of inadequate district personnel, hosted a town hall meeting where students and families spoke with the state-appointed monitors; and host regular Stakeholders’ Alliance meetings to encourage a strategic, inclusive process as we foster parent and student leadership.

Empowering the Next Generation of Community Leaders – With support from the Sparkplug Foundation and in partnership with Creative Response to Conflict, we launched our Community Organizing Fellowship Program for immigrant students to work for change in East Ramapo. We held a fantastic two-week intensive community organizing training with a cohort of five terrific young leaders. They are moving efforts forward to mobilize their peers and we will mentor them through December.

Multiplying Mutual Aid Sites in the County – In addition to our community fridge at the Seed of God Church in Pomona, we launched a second fridge in Spring Valley at St. Joseph’s & St. Boniface Church and we will launch our third fridge at the Nyack Center at 1pm on October 6. We ask allies, if able, to help us keep the fridges stocked and invite food insecure folks to pick up fresh food at their convenience. (Here’s information on donating food to our community fridges.) Working with all the Nyack public schools and the Family Resource Center, we give food-insecure students backpacks which they can discreetly fill with food at a school pantry and bring home.

Cultivating Food Sovereignty – Proyecto Faro’s community farm project engaged many volunteers and we’ve been having beautiful harvests to augment our food distribution boxes and fill our fridges!

Improving Our Community Center – A dedicated group of volunteers renovated Hickory, our new building at the Stony Point Center and we moved in this past spring. Located at 5 Cricketown Rd., Hickory houses our office and our free store, and serves as a pantry and workspace for our weekly and monthly mutual aid food distribution operations. (To donate gently used clothing or household items to the free store, make an appointment with Francis Segarra at (845) 243-7499 or fsegarra@proyectofarorockland.org.)

Extending our Outreach in the Community – The Village of Spring Valley has given us a satellite office at the Lewis Kurtz Center, where members of the community can meet with us at a convenient location and get support with services, school enrollment, and clothing and household items.   

Expanding Legal Knowledge and Support – Our legal clinic is going strong and we are able to help more families seek legal pathways to citizenship. We’re working with Westchester Community College and other college legal studies programs to develop a pipeline of volunteers.

Much of this work has been bolstered by a NY State grant to provide technical support to the excluded worker community. This transformative opportunity enabled us to expand our staff last year and strengthened our connections with many similar organizations around the state. Unfortunately, this funding was only a one-time opportunity and it has now come to a close. For this reason, we need your help sustaining these necessary programs. Please dig deep and help as much as you can!

Undocumented neighbors continue to tell us our efforts have broken through their feelings of isolation and fear and given them hope. We’re deeply gratified our work is providing Rockland’s immigrants with a greater sense of trust, belonging, and community. Your support enables us to continue doing this much-needed work. Please make a recurring or one time gift today!

Sincerely,
Charo Ureña & Maria Marasigan
Co-Executive Directors

P.S. Because we’ve been so busy, we postponed our anniversary celebration, and instead are planning a 6-year anniversary gala for next spring. We hope to make a beautiful and lively event that will enable us to revel in all we’ve built together and raise much needed funds. If you have experience planning successful fundraising events like this and are interested in volunteering, please join our gala committee (Email Charo at charo@proyectofarorockland.org).

 

 

 

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