Week of June 28, 2020

Greetings LIRIM supporters and those who have supported our DACA scholars program in the past.

Earlier this month I contacted you about our plan to continue our support of the DACA scholarship program during the restriction of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our plan to have supporters send in donations or donate online to this fund has been very successful.  So far we have raised more than $3000 this month.  That is about 75% of the way to our goal of $4000.  Thank you to all who have taken the time to donate to this very worthwhile project.
For those of you who have not had the chance to donate yet, we will still be collecting funds for the rest of the month of June.  Again, you can donate in one of two ways:
1.  Online donations can be made at www.trinitylawrence.org (find “make a donation” button; use “DACA” line for your amount; a log in/online profile should be created and a receipt will be provided).
2.  Or send a check with “DACA” on memo line to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St, Lawrence, 66044.
Remember that our usual tamale order of 1 dozen tamales would normally be $36.  If you can donate that much we’d be very pleased.  Of course, we don’t want to limit your donation amount, but this gives you an idea of the scope.
Last week, we received amazing news that the US Supreme Court ruled that the DACA program will be able to continue.  This was very unexpected and we are very excited that our scholars will be able to continue in their efforts to gain a college degree and build a career that can help them to continue their contributions to our society.  However, this is really only another temporary solution to our goal of a permanent solution and a path to full citizenship for these who have committed themselves to the country that they have grown up in and already contributed so much.  The Trump Administration has already stated that they intend to bring more action against this very worthwhile program of DACA.  In the weeks ahead LIRIM will be sending out information on how you can help to push this goal forward with some advocacy efforts in the federal government.
For now, thanks again to all of you who have stepped up to give us funds and not get any tamales in return this year.  Your selfless action and generosity is making this program a continued success.
Peace to you,
LIRIM Steering Committee
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