Coalition launches new fund to help immigrant farmworkers

A new program will help immigrant farm workers recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE - A statewide coalition of organizations is rolling out a fund to help immigrant Oregonian workers who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oregon Worker Relief Fund targets workers who don’t qualify for federal unemployment or other federal relief.

“These are the folks falling through the cracks and often the backbone of businesses that are being hit the hardest right now,” said Ricardo Lujan-Valerio, director of advocacy for the Latino Network.

The network is among organizations involved in the effort, announced in a news conference Friday, May 29.

The fund received $10 million as part of an emergency aid package passed by the state Legislature in late April. More than . . .