Little Village Solidarity Network frequently receives the question - if I shouldn't support Heartland Alliance or NIJC with my donations, who should I support? For this Giving Tuesday, we compiled a list of alternatives that we suggest for those who want to support migrants with money and solidarity.
These are just some of the many beautiful projects out there to support. We chose these orgs either because we believe in the teams behind them or because many of these groups are serving communities that have no larger support networks in place. In some instances the group on this list is the only resource for a specific region or community. Most of the groups on this list are autonomous aid groups and do not have a tax exempt status. However, if you need to donate to a 501(c)3 please reach out to us because many of these groups do have fiscal sponsors through which you can donate and still fund their awesome work.
Chicago Immigrant Transit Assistance greets asylum seekers at Greyhound station in Chicago and offers essential emergency assistance and support. They offer a much needed rest and friendly reception for migrants just leaving the detention machine. They also take donations of goods or transit cards.
Follow them: Facebook.com/CITAChicago
Donate on their website: www.citachicago.org
Alianza Migrante in Juarez
Continuum of the work Food Not Walls/Casa Carmelita used to do in El Paso. Small team of folks travel into Juarez to support albergues there with donations of supplies & food.
Follow them on Instagram: @Alianza_Migrante
Donate on Venmo: @AlianzaMigrante
The Carrizo/ Comecrudo Tribe
The Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe is an active resistor of the expansion of a border wall and protector of indigenous sacred sites. They provide education on environmental impact and devastation of people, animals and the environment. Their first resistance camp and village is the Yalui village, which expands both sides of the Mexican-American border. Their Somi Se'k Village base camp is a support and training camp for Yalui and future camps.
Follow their website: www.carrizocomecrudotribeoftexas.org
Donate on the Yalui Village website: www.carrizocomecrudodonation.com
Hecate Society is a queer & femme led group that functions as emergency response for migrants on the ground in Tijuana and in detention centers across the US. Hecate is a news organization and humanitarian aid group and has helped facilitate many of the other projects on this list through starter funds, donations, food, commissary support, sponsor placement, and support through the asylum process. Superstars!
Follow through their website: www.HecateSociety.org
Through Instagram or Facebook: @Hecate Society
Donate on GoFundMe:
They are also raising funds for this specific Honduran couple, Alexis & Javier: www.gofundme.com/support-gay-honduran-couple-resettling-in-usa
DONATION OF GOODS
Most of the organizations on this list will also accept in-kind donations of goods, and here are some frequent asks: