Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Programs for immigrants, refugees need support

I want to let you all know about a fantastic nonprofit that is supporting immigrant and refugee youth in Burlington during this difficult time. Last year during my AmeriCorps Service, I served with the great people at Spectrum’s Multicultural Youth Program and have witnessed firsthand how committed they are to meeting the needs of the New American community.
Even in better times, many of the youth whom I worked, and became friends with, struggled with food and housing insecurity. They are some of the most resilient, vital, and vulnerable young people in our state and they badly need our help and financial support, now more than ever before.
Since the pandemic, Spectrum has been helping to spread information about COVID-19 to Burlington residents in Somali, French, Dinka, Nepali and Spanish. They also have been helping with various food distribution and housing efforts to support youth.
Not everyone is in a position to give right now, but if you are, I would urge you to donate to Spectrum’s Multicultural Youth Program. To donate head to their website at spectrumvt.org, and write MYP in the comment section of your donation, which will ensure that your money goes directly to supporting young New Americans in the Burlington Area.
I have seen myself the transformative work that Spectrum provides, and I believe your donation will be in great hands.
Faith Isham
Cornwall

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