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Face Mask Campaign & Eid Toy & Food Drive

SCM is going to help refugees in Jordan get face masks to protect them from the coronavirus. In doing so, we will also be helping a women’s cooperative near Madaba of seamstresses made up of Syrian refugees and low income Jordanian women.

Jordan has done a great job of locking down the virus but until there is a vaccine in widespread global use, everyone will need to remain vigilant to keep the virus at bay. Refugees are especially vulnerable as they often live in situations with extended family and it is hard to social distance. Living conditions can make rigorous hygiene challenging. We have been sending and purchasing hygiene supplies but have not, so far, been distributing masks. With your help, we will begin distributing reusable, washable cloth masks in our regular distributions of other humanitarian supplies. For $5 we can provide a mask and help the refugees stay safe from the coronavirus and help the seamstresses earn an income to help their families.

Donate here to send masks to refugees.


On another note, Eid al-Adha is coming in just a few days on July 31, 2020. It is the end of the Hajj and is a 4 day celebration. Because of the virus, families won’t be able to celebrate as they usually would, but we want to help the refugee families struggling financially to at least be able to give gifts to the children and have a nice meal. We are collecting new toys for 75 children, ages 1-13 years old, gender neutral. We are also collecting gift cards for local grocery stores so the families can purchase food for a holiday meal. Both items can be sent or dropped off at our office at 3806 Whitman Ave N, Seattle WA 98103. If you are coming by, please call Rita to make sure she is there to meet you.

You can also donate here and we will purchase the food gift cards.


Learn more about the Eid in this article from a UK news outlet.

Our reach is far and wide. We recently helped a Syrian-Palestinian family start a new business in Ecuador, where they had emigrated to because of the war. They had been working but recently lost their jobs due to the pandemic, so they decided to open an Arab restaurant. They are bringing Arab food and culture to their south-American community and we are proud we could help them get back on their feet with their new business.

Community Service

From the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs:

Dear Rita,

You are receiving this email because you are an important partner in helping inform communities across Seattle. Please feel free to forward this to your networks.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) and other City departments are working in close coordination with our partners at the local and state level to provide the most accurate information about COVID-19 from Public Health – Seattle & King County (Public Health)Washington State Department of Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By now, you have probably heard that Public Health has announced 14 confirmed cases of the illness in King County, with the situation rapidly evolving.

A few more important recommendations that Public Health wants to highlight is below. We have been working closely with Public Health to produce accurate translated information that you can help distribute to the communities you serve and/or are a part of. You can find the below information translated into: Amharic, Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese here: welcoming.seattle.gov/covid-19We will be producing additional translations as the week progresses.

  • The most important issue right now is to spread messages of calm that include facts. Panic will make this issue much worse.
  • The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have cough, fever, or other symptoms, call your regular doctor or nearby community clinic first. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency medical services need to serve the most critical needs first.
  • Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, you can also direct people to call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. This helpline is open from 6 AM-10 PM every day, and the operators there are able to connect with a third-party interpreter. The caller will need to be able to tell them in English what language they need for interpretation. Lastly, callers may experience long wait times.

Also, because of this recent outbreak, our community partners have decided to cancel a number of workshops and clinics and will reschedule them at a future date:

  1. March 4th Rainier Valley Food Bank Public Charge Information Session at the Columbia Branch of the Seattle Public Library
  2. March 7th CISC Public Charge Information Session at CISC
  3. March 21st ACRS and Korean Community Service Center Citizenship Clinic at the Lake City Community Center

We only know about event cancellations related to our programs. You can check seattle.gov/OIRA/publiccharge and newcitizencampaign.org for any updates on further cancellations. We also recommend following OIRA’s social media profiles here:


Lastly, I also wanted to let you know that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Seattle Field Office Facility has instructed that all individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms should proactively reschedule any USCIS appointment(s).

Appointments will be rescheduled if the individual:

  • Is experiencing any flu-like symptoms (such as runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, or  fever); OR
  • Was in China within 14 days of the appointment; OR
  • Believes may have been exposed to COVID-19 (even if individual has not been in China recently).

USCIS adds that appointments will be rescheduled without penalty when the individual is healthy.

Please look out for each other and thanks for all you do!


Cuc Vu
Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

t  206.727.8515
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SCM Helping to Protect Children from Flu and Coronavirus

Last week SCM, in cooperation with a Jordanian company called S.H.I.E.L.D., held an event at the Jordan Children’s Museum in Amman. S.H.I.E.L.D. sanitized the whole museum, which is around 9000 square meters, using their new preventive sanitation technologies to help protect visitors from flu and other viruses such as the coronavirus.

After the sanitizing was complete, 56 orphan children aging from 4 to 12 years old were hosted to educate them about the coronavirus, its symptoms, how to protect themselves and how to properly clean and sanitize their hands. They also got to see how clean their hands were using UV light.

They then spent some time in the museum and enjoyed educational and entertaining interactive games. SCM distributed some teddy bears and stuffed animals to all the kids, and then we provided lunch after the event.

Thank you to S.H.I.E.L.D for partnering with SCM on this project and we look forward to doing similar events in the future to teach the children proper hygiene, especially in this time of heightened awareness of the coronavirus and the cold and flu season in general.

If you would like to support this campaign to educate children, especially the refugee children and orphan children living in crowded conditions where illness can spread quickly, please donate. We will be cooperating with S.H.I.E.L.D. again on future events around Jordan to help keep the children healthy.

Children’s Hygiene Campaign