We are heartbroken about our dear BABR team member Margaret Levine's passing. She was one-of-a-kind with a brilliant laugh and such a generous, good-hearted, excellent human being.
Our paths first crossed when Sister Norma of the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX visited California and spoke at the University of San Francisco (USF) in April 2019. Since then, Margaret was passionately involved in supporting our hands-on, grassroots efforts to support asylum seekers at the border and joined our BABR team in July 2019 as we worked and volunteered at the Humanitarian Respite Center.
We are extremely touched that Margaret's family reached out for Bay Area Border Relief to be so honored, by setting up the Margaret Levine Memorial Fund in our special friend's memory.
There is now a designated tab at bit.ly/BABRatPVF (via Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, BABR's nonprofit fiscal sponsor EIN# 94-3136771).
Our most sincere condolences to Margaret's family.
We will ALL miss her tremendously. Estamos contigo, Margaret!
The website https://margaretlevine.com/ includes a link to her obituary, a donate button for BABR and a link to where people can leave photos/memories of her--If you have any, feel free to leave them there!
Tax-deductible contributions to Bay Area Border Relief's efforts can be accepted via Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, EIN# 94-3136771.
BY CREDIT CARD:
bit.ly/BABRatPVF via Network for Good
Make payable to:
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
Note BORDER RELIEF on the memo line
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
1222 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, CA 94612-1201
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Each $12 mask purchase includes shipping/handling and supports farmworkers, laborers, house cleaners and other hardworking folk along the San Mateo County coast. Many essential workers are being exposed to COVID-19 without any protection and desperately need masks. As of end of May 2020 we have distributed over 6,000 free masks to agricultural workers in California and asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border in Matamoros.
Child-sized masks now available. Please indicate adult/child size and pleated or fitted style in the comments section of the order form.
To support the mask-making sewing project, with a tax-deductible donation, go to ALAS (Ayudando Latinos a Soñar) via: bit.ly/alasmasks
This is a joint project of ALAS and Bay Area Border Relief.
Thank you for your purchase and support! Gracias por su apoyo!
by BABR volunteers and USF colleagues: Rick Ayers, Amy Argenal and Belinda Hernandez-Arriaga
An Appeal to Humanity — Close the Camps 1 of 3
The Children of Camp One, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico 2 of 3
An Easter COVID-19 wish: human solidarity with refugees at the border 3 of 3
Past BABR humanitarian missions to support asylum seekers
Two visits in February to Matamoros refugee camp and Brownsville, TX.
OCT 19-25, 2019
If you'd like to learn more about typical tasks while at the Humanitarian Respite Center, please read this general overview. Tasks may be different upon our arrival, but this provides a glimpse of the organized chaos! Email us at BayAreaBorderRelief@gmail.com if you're interested in joining the group.
Collection sites and deadlines for donations and supplies have not yet been organized, but will be posted here when announced.
JUNE 19-JULY 2, 2019
The team served Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley's Humanitarian Respite Center, Good Neighbor Settlement House, Team Brownsville in support newly arrived immigrants in McAllen and Brownsville, TX.
Collaborative group of 25 formed the Compassion Caravan to send a 26-foot truck of basic supplies, clothing, basic medicines, and toys from northern CA to southern TX for newly arrived immigrants at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX. The BABR team also protested the treatment and demanded release of young detainees in the Casa Padre Southwest Keys immigration detention facility in Brownsville, TX. Team members included faculty of the USF School of Education and San Francisco State University, philanthropists, nurses, students and community volunteers.
A group of 10, comprised of Bay Area Border Relief representatives plus the addition of University of San Francisco School of Education Marriage and Family Therapist professors and students spent five days in McAllen, TX offering trauma relief and humanitarian support to immigrants recently released from immigration detention.
Encouraged by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) to take action, a group of San Francisco Bay Area volunteers in her jurisdiction decided to protest the recent family separations at the border in TX and traveled to support the congressional delegation's visit to detention facilities and volunteer at the Humanitarian Respite Center.