We received thousands of messages and calls expressing interest in applying for the Essential Project's financial assistance opportunity presented by the UFW Foundation. For this reason, we extend the opportunity to apply to people who reside in Washington and Oregon.
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What the UFW Foundation Essential Project's financial assistance program?
In addition to food resources, legislative efforts to protect farmworkers, and more, the Essential Project also provides emergency financial assistance for farm workers affected by the global pandemic. The $ 11.6 million program is funded by private sources and will provide more than 21,500 undocumented farm workers in California, Washington state with a one-time $ 500 prepaid card if they qualify.
Why was this fund created?
More than 2.5 million agricultural workers - half undocumented - were deemed essential during the pandemic. Most farmworkers and their families are excluded from federal relief efforts due to the lack of legal status of the farmworker or their spouse. In order to address these systemic inequalities, the UFW Foundation has already distributed more than 170,000 dinners and more than 14,000 boxes of emergency food to rural California families. Additionally, the UFW Foundation was one of 12 organizations selected by the California Department of Social Services to administer applications under the Disaster Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) program that closed on June 30. The UFW Foundation will also distribute 900,000 masks to farm workers in California, Washington state, and Oregon.
How do I know if I am eligible for this program? The eligibility criteria for financial assistance are as follows:
- Farm Worker (must be a farm worker, dairy worker, greenhouse or nursery worker, packing worker)
- Adult (18 years or older)
- Only for residents of California and Washington
- NOT have received financial assistance related to COVID, such as stimulus checks provided in the CARES Act or California Disaster Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
- What documents will be needed to apply for this assistance?
- Photo ID
- Proof of address (if the photo ID has an address, it will be enough)
- Farm work proof (pay stub, W2s, photo of yourself at work in agriculture)
How do I request this assistance?
If you are eligible to apply for this assistance, you will need to call the UFW Foundation.
Washington & Oregon: 509-572-9306
An admissions representative will help you complete and submit your application for the program by phone only. The UFW Foundation hours of operation for this program are: Sundays 9 a.m. - 5:00 pm.; and from Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. at 7:30 p.m. There will be no representatives available on Fridays and Saturdays. High call volume is expected, we appreciate your patience and recommend that you try multiple times during application hours.
Will my personal information used to apply for the program to be protected?
The information you provide to the UFW Foundation will only be used to confirm your eligibility for the program. The UFW Foundation will not share your personal information with any state or federal agency.
How will I receive this assistance?
Qualifying applicants will receive a prepaid card with $ 502.50. The $ 2.50 will be included to cover a one-time ATM fee, if you decide to withdraw cash at an ATM. All cards will be mailed to the applicant's preferred mailing address provided during the application process.
How many family members can apply for this help?
There is a maximum of two cards per household. This means that only two undocumented adult family members per household will be eligible for assistance.
How will I be notified of the status of my application?
The applicant will receive a phone call from a representative of the UFW Foundation informing her of the result of her application.
Will the UFW Foundation charge an application fee?
The UFW Foundation will never charge for completing or submitting an application for someone applying under this program.
What should I do if I have questions about the status of my application that has already been submitted?
Emergency financial assistance is a three-step process. First, an intake worker will complete your application for intake. Second, a separate person will review the application and determine if the applicant is eligible or not. A representative from the UFW Foundation will call or text the applicant to inform them of the result. Finally, if the application is approved, the UFW Foundation will ask the prepaid card provider to mail the card to the designated postal address provided by the applicant. Please do not contact us through the initial application hotline with questions about the status of your application, as the phone lines may be saturated.
Once my prepaid card is approved, how long will it take to receive my card in the mail?
Prepaid cards will be mailed to all applicants 10-14 days after their application is approved.
What should I do if I have problems activating my prepaid card?
Applicants having trouble activating their prepaid card should call the number on the card for further assistance. The prepaid card provider will be able to provide assistance. Please do not contact us through the initial application hotline, as the phone lines may be saturated.
Is there a deadline I have to apply for this program?
The UFW Foundation will be completing applications for this program until funds are exhausted.