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Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2021

Undocufund Monterey Bay

Mission

Build compassionate and equitable local economies that contribute to our communities’ wellbeing. Together, we are working towards a shared and prosperous economic future where zip code, race, gender, or immigration status do not dictate income or wealth.

The Big Idea

Covid-19 government relief programs were a massive help to many members of our community, but not all – immigrants without legal status are often not eligible for benefits. UndocuFund Monterey Bay, a program run by Santa Cruz Community Ventures, stepped in to distribute cash assistance during the Covid-19 crisis, but the nonprofit has been active for much longer, helping to support economic resilience in low-income and Latino communities for 38 years in the Monterey Bay area. Now, their Alas program (Spanish for “wings”) looks to continue that legacy through building community connections, personal financial coaching and education on healthy financial habits. Specifically, the program aims to help the immigrant community that was disproportionately impacted financially by Covid-19. Alas guides participants toward establishing financial stability in a variety of ways, including help with opening a bank account, guidance on how to create an emergency fund, saving and more.

During many years I believed that I was born to just work in the field picking strawberries, because I don’t speak English and I don’t know how to read or write. Now I feel capable of looking for another job that could offer me more financial stability and help me achieve my goals. I’m learning a lot about how to better manage my money.

- Alas Participant