Alianza is right now working with hundreds of undocumented community members who’ve applied for cash relief during the recent round of support coming to the Coachella Valley through the Regional Immigrant Community Support Fund. We expect that after this new support is distributed, we will have helped more than 2,000 area families struggling through the pandemic get connected with relief aid to help pay for rent, food, funeral expenses, and meet other challenges.
We know there are people who could still benefit from the Regional Immigrant Community Support Fund. To qualify, people must live in the Coachella Valley, not qualify for state or federal relief because of their immigration status, and be facing financial hardships due to COVID-19.
If you know of someone who may qualify and hasn’t already received relief through this fund, encourage them to contact Alianza. To get started, they can text “APOYO” to 47474 or call the office at (760) 972-4628.
This week Alianza hosted another COVID-19 testing opportunity, this time at John Kelley Elementary in Thermal. While vaccination events are understandably drawing a lot of focus, the virus and new variants mean ongoing testing remains important! We and others involved in the Coachella Valley Equality Collaborative are planning more testing days for the ECV in the coming weeks in coordination with Coachella Valley Unified Schools and the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.
Plan to attend and help spread the word about these upcoming testing events:
- Tuesday, April 13, 3 p.m.- 7 p.m., Oasis Elementary School
- Tuesday, May 4, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mecca Elementary School
In addition to our relief aid and testing work, Alianza is part of a statewide effort funded by the Sierra Health Foundation to educate diverse populations about COVID safety, vaccinations, and workers’ rights during the pandemic.
Our Community Justice team is also organizing restorative justice healing spaces starting in April for anyone who wishes to join others in acknowledging the loss and struggles of the past year. Follow our social media for more information on these events.
We are finally seeing real progress in curbing the pandemic. The next few months are critical to making sure our communities are vaccinated, healthy, and able to get back to school, work, and group recreation.
We are approaching a time when the pandemic will be officially over and more of our attention can return to other community issues. Please consider a donation today to support Alianza’s ongoing future work to create lasting change in the Coachella Valley.