The Legal Defense and Family Support Fund, usually called simply the JCIRA Fund, came into existence in 2018, with its policies adopted by the Board on Sept 10, 2018. Applications and amounts given out have grown rapidly as word of the Fund reached more community members - and also because of the dire financial circumstances so many Olympic Peninsula immigrants were experiencing:
As of February 10, 2021, we've given out $23,500.
We were able to give out so much money due to the generous grants we received from the Jefferson Community Foundation. Because of the ongoing pandemic, we expect that the number of requests will continue to increase, both from Jefferson and Clallam Counties. There may soon be other funds available, from both Washington state and the federal government. However, those are still being negotiated; final details may not be available for another month or two.
Your donations to the JCIRA Fund are always appreciated, especially during the pandemic. Every dollar received goes directly to immigrant households. Not one cent is used for administration. Immigrants are using JCIRA Funds to take care of basic necessities like rent, utilities and medical bills. This has been, and will continue to be, a rough winter. Please encourage your friends and family to also contribute by clicking on DONATE on the right side of the JCIRA website. If you prefer to contribute by mail, send your check to JCIRA, PO Box 647, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
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We are an immigrant rights advocacy non-profit in the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State