CCSM Launches Mano a Mano Mutual Aid Fund
CCSM is excited to announce the establishment of the Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. The fund strengthens CCSM’s existing mutual aid, accompaniment, and rapid response programming. Together the fund and build up of programming will increase the exchange of financial support, resources, services, and information to meet the economic, food insecurity, and survival needs of immigrants in Columbia and Greene counties (NY) during these challenging times.
The immigration system and COVID pandemic are a confluence of crises for our communities.
Even though it is estimated that undocumented immigrants pay $11.6 billion in state and local taxes and contribute approximately $16 billion to social security and medicare annually, our families are continously denied access to healthcare, social services, and paid sick leave during a global pandemic. Despite disproportionate levels of unemployment in our communities, undocmented immigrants continue to be systematically excluded from state and federal relief programs.
It is for these reasons we are moving from a place of abundance and inclusivity to establish the Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund. Together Immigrants and allies are building our own safety net and flattening the curve with collective care and mutual aid.
How The Fund Works
CCSM is offering immigrants in Columbia and Greene counties (NY) a mutual aid grant to meet basic needs during the COVID pandemic. Each recipient will be eligible for two $300 grants. Two members per household can apply for the grant.
All grant decisions are made on a first-come, first serve basis until the Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund has $8,000 remaining. At that point, we will begin evaluating applications on a case by case basis and prioritize first time applicants over second time applicants.
Our case by case grant decisions seek to uplift and prioritize those who are most impacted by the pandemic, injustice and the economic crises. In order to guide our decisions we added several new questions to our application: description of the severity of individual situations, how applicants identify themselves, and what particular needs applicants have. The answers to these questions will help CCSM understand both the economic situation of an applicant and how they may be affected by systemic oppressions (ex: racism, sexism, homophobia, etc..).
In an effort to serve community members most impacted by COVID and in most need of financial mutual aid, as of 9/1/20 we are only accepting applications from individuals who are NOT eligible for government support during COVID, such as a stimulus check or unemployment benefits.
To proceed to our secure application click the Apply button below or contact CCSM at 518-303-3848 for more information and/or assistance completing your application.
CCSM’s Mano A Mano Mutual Aid Fund is made possible by grassroots donors like you. Mano A Mano has received contributions from the North Star Fund and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Columbia County COVID 19 Emergency Response Fund.