COVID-19 Latino Families Emergency Relief Fund

Dear Philanthropic Partners, 

As a united Latinx community, we have come together to stand in solidarity with families in our community that are most underserved. The undersigned collaborative of Latinx non-profit organizations are working desperately to seek financial aid for the communities that are excluded from all safety net relief programs. 

As a community, we recognize that an ounce of prevention can translate to a pound of cure. In the spirit of preventing additional homelessness, hunger, and other potential hardship, we are asking the philanthropic community to invest in the COVID 19 Latino Families Emergency Relief Fund organized by CLUES, an organization founded in 1981 to advance the capacity of Latino individuals and families to be healthy, prosperous and engaged in their communities, and the MN Immigrant Families Covid- 19 Relief Fund, organized by a collaboration of movement organizations led by Navigate MN that includes Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia, Awood Center, Local 26, Black Immigrant Collective, ISAIAH, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles and other groups and collectives in the Metro and Greater Minnesota. 

There are an estimated 192,823 Minnesotans that are either undocumented or live with an undocumented person that will receive little to no emergency support in response to Covid-19. 

Ninety percent of the funds raised will be targeted for the people that need it most: low- income and immigrant families who rely on informal, part-time, or gig work; micro and small business owners, especially those with ITIN, artists, and entrepreneurs who cannot access public funds. CLUES and Navigate MN will leverage their work in the Twin Cities, the suburbs and greater MN to ensure these funds are reaching communities across the state. 

Request In addition to your ongoing commitment to grant partnerships with current and prospect Latinx organizations and communities for program sustainability we ask that you support: 

CLUES COVID 19 Latino Families Relief Fund $1,000,000.00 Navigate MN Immigrant Families COVID-19 Relief Fund $1,000,000.00 

Collectively, if fully raised, these funds will help support at least 3,600 families with up to $500.00 per family for rent, food, and other essential needs. 

As a community, we continue to address new narratives for government officials and their staff. Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan recently acknowledged immigrant families, homeless communities, and domestic violence victims will be among the hardest hit because they are at greater risk of “falling through the cracks.” While much of our advocacy efforts have led the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul to agree to set aside some funds to support immigrant families, the magnitude of this pandemic extends well beyond the city limits. You have trusted our organizations with providing critical services to our communities and your partnership now is more important than ever. 

We recognize that these funds are critical and yet, will not meet the extensive need caused by this pandemic. Therefore, we ask that you support this fund in addition to continued support for essential services provided by the nonprofits in our communities. Whether we are supporting survivors of domestic violence, small businesses, mobilizing census efforts and equitable policy changes or providing education services, the communities that have benefitted from your support through our services will continue to need support as we strive to ensure families move from poverty to prosperity. 

To support: 

CLUES Fund, please contact Brittany Kellerman at or 651-379-4260. 

NAVIGATE MN Fund, please contact Emilia Gonzalez Avalos at or 612-708-9633. 

We thank you in advance for your time, consideration, and your commitment to ensuring our children and families are able to safely overcome this pandemic. 

In solidarity, 

Irma Márquez Trapero Executive Director LatinoLEAD 

Emilia Gonzalez Avalos Executive Director NAVIGATE MN 

Ruby Azurdia Lee Executive Director CLUES 

Katie Groh de Aviña Executive Director El Colegio High School 

Edain Maria Regan Gonzalez 

Altamirano Mayor 

organizer City of Richfield 

Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia 

Carmen Bibiano Founder & Director Mujeres Latinas Unidas MN 

Henry Jiménez Executive Director Latino Economic Development Center 

Mihailo Temali Founder and CEO Neighborhood Development Center 

Fernando Burga PhD Assistant Professor Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota 

Karen Mary Davalos, PhD Professor and Chair, Chicano and Latino Studies Dept. University of Minnesota 

Madelaine Cahuas, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Geography Environment & Society University of Minnesota 

Patti Tototzintle CEO Casa de Esperanza 

Merle Payne Co-Director Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) 

Rosa Tock Executive Director Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs (MCLA) 

Veena Iyer Executive Director Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota 

Roxana Linares Executive Director Centro Tyrone Guzman 

Leticia Guadarrama MCLA Board Member NICA 

Paulina Jacobsson Ecuatorianos Unidos 

Ruby Murillo Latinx Student Services Director Augsburg University 

Elba Guille Garza National Association Hispanic of Real Estate Professionals NAHREP Twin Cities President Licensed Residential Realtor 

Jose L. Perez President & CEO Hispanics In Energy 

Jovita Francisco Morales MN Immigrant Movement (MIM) Co-founder 

Adair Mosley President & CEO Pillsbury United Communities 

Milissa A. Silva President/CEO El Burrito Mercado/ElBurrito Restaurante y Cantina 

Marc Valencia Board Member LatinoLEAD 

Francisco Segovia Executive Director COPAL 

Iris Altamirano President SEIU Local 26 

Roxana Linares Executive Director Centro Tyrone Guzman 

Leticia Guadarrama MCLA Board Member NICA 

Paulina Jacobsson Ecuatorianos Unidos 

Veena Iyer Executive Director Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota 

Ruby Murillo Latinx Student Services Director Augsburg University 

Alondra Cano City Council Member – Ninth Ward Minneapolis 

Esther Ledesma President SHPE Twin Cities 

Lisa Sass Zaragoza Outreach Department of Chicano and Latino Studies University of Minnesota