Serving immigrants to Marion and Polk Counties is at the core of our work and our calling. We believe that immigrants enrich our community, and their success is essential to Oregon’s success. It is unfortunate, but a fact, that not all segments of our community have been welcoming of immigrants. However, while some push back, others have always been welcoming of immigrants in this area.
Mano a Mano was established in the late eighties to provide emergency assistance to migrant farm workers in our area. Our organization has expanded from those basic services to help immigrants become fully integrated into Marion and Polk County.
As the oldest Immigrant and Latino-led community organization in the Salem Metro Area, we have a unique experience that can also be translated to help other immigrant populations such as Ukrainian, Russian, from the Pacific Islands, etc.
Our services for immigrant clients are intended to help address crisis situations (such as hunger, homelessness, and health related emergencies). Additionally, our mission is to help them become fully integrated into the local community, which includes providing guidance on attaining citizenship, civic engagement, and learning about their rights and responsibilities.
DID YOU KNOW?
- About 16% of Oregonians are Latino or Asian
- Nearly 30% of people in the Salem Metro Area are Latino or Asian
- The Latino population of Salem and Keizer grew by nearly 300% from 1997 to 2013
- 51% of students enrolled in the Salem-Keizer School District identify as Latino, non-White or Immigrant
- Many schools in this district now report as many as 2/3 of their student population as Latino, non-White or Immigrant
- Immigrants make up about 12.5% of state’s workforce
- Latino-owned business have annual sales and receipts of about $2 billion and employ about 14,000 people
- Asian-owned business have annual sales and receipts of about $3 billion and employ about 27,000 people
- The purchasing power of Latinos and Asians combined is about $15 billion
- Oregon could loose as much as $4 billion in economic activity and about 19,000 jobs if all unauthorized immigrants were suddenly removed
U.S. Census Data
Salem-Keizer School District enrollment data
“New Americans in Oregon”; www.immigrationpolicy.org