We wanted to build stronger relationships as a congregation with the Alianza Spartanburg and PASOs, while deepening our work with both organizations. Then the pandemic struck. UUCS members took action to help immigrants ignored in our government’s programs for pandemic relief. Our Share the Plate in April and May 2020 began a collaboration with the local PASOS community to help those essential workers and their families, hit hard by COVID-19 disease and also by the economic devastation suffered by low income workers.
Together with PASOS and Alianza Spartanburg, we founded a statewide fund to assist those immigrants impacted by Covid with rent and utility payments. Our multi-agency group obtained several grants and has now distributed about $125,000 to assist 1,452 individuals. You can read the latest update in the rippling effect of our partnership with Alianza Spartanburg and PASOS.
Other actions include:
- Provided about 1400 cloth masks to the Hispanic immigrant community
- Hosted a vigil for Alianza Spartanburg
- Hosted 4 DHEC covid vaccination clinics targeting the immigrant community.