The World Education Services Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation have announced a joint $1 million initiative aimed at supporting the success of immigrants and refugees across the United States.
Immigrants today comprise 17 percent of the U.S. workforce, but a range of factors affect their ability to stay employed. The initiative, Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities, will address the challenges that many immigrants in low-wage jobs face, including affordable child care, stable housing, reliable transportation, and food security. To that end, the initiative will work to identify, test, and advance holistic solutions with the potential to empower immigrant communities.
Through the initiative, seven organizations will be awarded up to $200,000 over a two-year period to pilot-test innovative approaches and ideas that build on solutions that have already demonstrated success.
"We're thrilled to join the Tarsadia Foundation in surfacing impactful, community-led solutions that address factors contributing to economic insecurity among immigrants and refugees," said Monica Munn, senior director of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. "We know that achieving economic mobility is not solely a function of someone’s education, skills, or networks. Many factors outside the workplace pose significant roadblocks for immigrants and refugees in low-paying jobs. We believe the Opportunity Challenge will unleash creative thinking about what is a chronic challenge for so many people."