WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has just announced it will be donating $100,000 to organizations in North Carolina to assist DACA recipients in response to the end of the program.

DACA is an Obama-era program that allows young undocumented immigrants brought into the country by their parents without a choice to work, study and obtain a driver’s license.

The program protected nearly 800,00 undocumented young people from deportation.

In response to President Trump’s announcement of the end of the program, the Foundation is awarding what they call “rapid response grants” through a DACA Rapid Response Fund. The funds are meant to support immigrant-serving organizations that provide services such as DACA renewal clinics, community education, and emergency planning services through the end of March 2018.

“DACA immigrants are our friends, classmates, neighbors, and co-workers,” said James Gore, program officer with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. “They worship alongside us and strengthen our communities as entrepreneurs, leaders, and volunteers and have become an integral part of North Carolina’s social, economic, and civic fabric.”

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Eight grants, totaling $100,000, have been awarded to the following organizations:

• El Centro Hispano will provide renewal clinics and emergency planning services in several NC counties.

• El Pueblo will provide emergency planning services and community education in Wake County.

• Hispanic League will partner with El Buen Pastor to provide renewal clinics and “Know Your Rights” workshops in the Triad.

• El Refugio Centro de Recursos Familiares of Jonesboro United Methodist Church will partner with Apex Immigration Services to provide renewal clinics in several NC counties. El Refugio will also partner with the NC Justice Center to provide emergency planning services in several NC counties.

• Latino Advocacy Coalition of Henderson County will partner with WNC Workers Center and Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción to provide renewal clinics in Asheville, Hendersonville, Morganton, and Franklin Counties.

• NC FIELD, NC Farmworkers’ Project and Student Action with Farmworkers will work in partnership to provide renewal clinics and community education in Lenoir, Johnston, Duplin, Greene, Sampson, Pitt, Cumberland, and Harnett Counties.

• NC Justice Center is partnering with American Friends Service Committee (Greensboro); El Cambio (Yadkin, Wilkes, Surry Counties); Comité Popular de Asheville por la Justicia Social (Asheville); Comité Popular Somos Raleigh (Raleigh); Education Justice Alliance (Wake County); Mano Al Hermano (Dare County); El Vinculo Hispano/The Hispanic Liaison (Chatham County); YWCA High Point Women’s Resource Center and Latino Family Center (High Point) to provide renewal clinics, community education, and emergency planning services.

• Pisgah Legal Services will provide renewal clinics in several Western NC communities.

In addition to the grants, the Foundation reached out to other organizations to encourage them to support affected individuals and families throughout the state. The Foundation For The Carolinas has already joined the cause by donating $70,000 to organizations serving DACA beneficiaries in Mecklenberg County.

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