“Be An Angel” March Giving Campaign Launched In Lieu of Cancelled Annual Fundraising Dinner

February 28, 2021

Mecca, CA – (February 2021) – Galilee Center is launching its “Be An Angel” Giving Campaign for the month of March to continue its mission to serve at risk farmworkers and families of the East Coachella Valley. Due to Covid-19, the organization’s annual Angels Dinner has been cancelled, an event that has traditionally been its major fundraiser. Without the income it generates, there has been growing financial concern, inspiring the “Be An Angel” Giving Campaign to compensate for any lost revenue.

Galilee Center has always endeavored to impact those in need, persevering, despite facing the devastating circumstances brought on by a pandemic that has caused significant fear, job loss, and food insecurity within an already suffering community. In 2020, Galilee staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to provide outreach and emergency services for over 23,000 families, noting a 650% increase in rental assistance requests and a 150% increase in weekly food distribution.

According to Claudia Castorena, Co-Founder of Galilee Center, “We are optimistic that our 2021 “Be An Angel” Giving Campaign can be a successful, contactless, alternative to secure critical donations that will allow us to continue essential programs. Our annual Angel’s Dinner typically raises approximately $100,000 and it is our hope to match that number this year. While we cannot gather together, we have faith that we can come together in the spirit of giving to provide for vital aid and improve the lives of others.”

The “Be An Angel” Giving Campaign begins March 1st 2021 and any support is appreciated during these uncertain times. Interested patrons can donate online at www.galileecenter.org/donate. They may also mail a check to Galilee Center P.O. Box 308 Mecca, CA 92254. For more information on how to help, please call 760-396-9100.

The Galilee Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fulfills the food, clothing and necessities for local disadvantaged children, families, and farmworkers in the East Coachella Valley. Founded in 2010 by Claudia Castorena and Gloria Gomez, the Galilee Center shares weekly food baskets to successfully serve over 350,000+ meals annually.