Support KIAC this Giving Tuesday

These are just a handful of the immigration news headlines you and I woke up to this year.

These stories are a clarion call – they stir our sense of injustice and drive us to act. We care about immigrants, and we want to help. But it can feel daunting to know what to do.

Your partnership with KIAC directly supports immigrants. And we can’t do this work without your generosity.

As the only immigrant-centric organization in the West Sound region, KIAC offers direct services, provides referrals to trusted partners, and engages in advocacy alongside immigrants and partner organizations. The need for KIAC’s services has grown exponentially, and we have a long waitlist of immigrants seeking our services.

Your gift to KIAC makes this work possible! 

Make your #GivingTuesday gift today by clicking the donate button!

So far this year, over 400 new clients have sought immigration legal services at KIAC – 100 more than last year. Our Family Services team has had over 2,200 client calls and interactions – several hundred more than this time last year. Your donations help us meet this crucial need.

We remain steadfast in supporting social justice. Partnering with KIAC creates change – both in the lives of the individual and in the systems that negatively impact them.

Please consider a gift today to support KIAC’s work.

Jayson Vega,

Executive Director

Support Our Holiday Bundles

The holiday season is upon us, and we are planning another holiday distribution event for immigrant families in our community! Last year we served over 250 families, including 634 children, and we anticipate serving just as many this year. We would love your help collecting gifts! You can find specific donation requests on the flyer.

Can’t buy supplies but want to donate?

Click the donate button on our website and choose “Holiday Bundles” from the drop down!

Both at Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge and Ballast Book Company in Bremerton are holding book drives for KIAC’s holiday bundles! You can find out more information on their websites or inside the stores. And Ballast Book Co. is giving $1 from every book purchased to KIAC!

If you or others would like to volunteer, we have these shifts available on Saturday December 10th:

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Deliveries – pick up ~10 bundles at KIAC then deliver in or around Bremerton (great to do with a buddy!)

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. In-person event! Come help us set up, then face-paint, read a story in Spanish, serve hot chocolate or participate in the fun another way at the KIAC office.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. In-person event continued! With some clean-up after.

Contact Tracy (tracy@kitsapiac.org) if you would like to volunteer. If you know what you will be donating, it is also helpful to know that in advance if possible!

Thank you so much and have a wonderful holiday season!

WIRF Update

Over the last 8 weeks, KIAC team members assisted 1,093 individuals with applications for the WA Immigrant Relief Fund. This is a fund for immigrants in Washington state who were adversely affected by COVID-19 but who did not qualify for any pandemic relief funding due to their immigration status.

1,093 applications translates to roughly $2.9 million going into the pockets of our most vulnerable neighbors because of KIAC’s work, mostly in Kitsap and Mason counties.

In total, the Fund received 116,690 applications from across our state, and will distribute a total of $306 million to approved applicants!!!

This Fund is the result of relentless and united organizing efforts led by immigrant community members over the past several years. The statewide coalition WAISN, of which KIAC is a member, carried the message to our state government that leaving thousands of our neighbors out of pandemic relief was unjust and unacceptable. Many of the workers who were growing and harvesting our food, caring for our elders and children, cleaning our medical facilities, and performing other roles essential to the continued functioning of our economy were completely left out of the financial aid programs that the rest of us benefited from when we had our worlds rocked in 2020. This Fund was a response to that, and will provide enormous relief to families who are still struggling to regain stability. 

KIAC hired additional temporary team members to ensure we would reach everyone in our area, especially our indigenous Guatemalan community members who speak Mayan languages and have limited literacy. Check out the picture of our team below! 

Here are a few project stats:

  • Over 900 hours put in by KIAC application team members
  • 24 evening application events, hosted in Bremerton, Belfair and Shelton
  • 4 languages spoken by our team: Spanish, Mam, Q’anjob’al and English
  • 22 counties reached by KIAC’s team
  • $2.9 million going into the pockets of our immigrant neighbors

We are grateful to WAISN for making this Fund a reality, to Producciones Pablo360 radio for broadcasting interviews in Mam, to North Mason School District for providing us a space in Belfair, to Iglesia Ebenezer for a space in Shelton, to CIELO and Circulo de Mujeres para la Justica for partnering on events, to Kitsap Mesa Redonda for sharing information, and to so many of you who got the word out about the Fund. THANK YOU! 

We will keep doing our part to pursue our Vision: a community where everyone, regardless of where they were born, has fair and equitable access to justice, respect and opportunity.

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