We couldn't exist without the support of our donors and volunteers, so we wanted to make some space to recognize and celebrate them.
We asked them to tell us why they support us, to tell us what excites them about our work. Here are their answers.
Getting at the roots of the problem and doing splendid political education around these issues. Empowering constituents to fight back!
Professor of Community Organization,
UConn School of Social Work
There is such a tangible impact and culture of from the ground-up we can rebuild people's lives and provide capacity in ways where the livelihood of people is not dependent on people who may have ulterior motives. For the people by the people.
Uzoma Bailey Ayogu
Co-founder & CTO, Releaf
I support Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson because this small young grassroots organization has harnessed the power of local low-income residents to successfully fight for justice. I also value NLMH because it decided to shift its focus from evictions to power shut-offs because that is what its constituents were most concerned about. Thank you for your work.
For me, what drew me to support you guys was that, in a world filled with "social justice" organizations engaging in surface-level, performative work to build their own brands, NLMH struck me as the rare organization doing it the right way: facing issues that harm communities, addressing the deeper structures that create that suffering, and building a sustainable political movement to transform these structures, led by those most affected by them.
I support Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson because I think that housing should be a right and not a commodity. NLMH has the right orientation on how to fight displacement: outward-oriented community organizing, movement coalition work, and direct action. I donate regularly in solidarity from San Francisco, where we are also fighting against the eviction and pricing-out of our friends and neighbors.
I am a proud supporter of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson because it provides a vital voice for marginalized voices in our community. I can know that my donations are going to important causes like demanding better utility rates for those who cannot afford them and face energy shutoffs, advocating for undocumented immigrants' rights, and fighting for children's rights to a quality education. Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson not only lets me know that they appreciate my donations, but they also tell me where my money goes, which makes me feel good that my donations are appreciated and are being used to achieve a positive goal.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson works to provide a quality livelihood for people of color and people from low-income backgrounds. This work is powerful, important. They come from the communities that they help, give hope to communities, and motivate people from all backgrounds to think of people from historically marginalized and oppressed populations. NLMH is an organization that'll make incredible changes with any amount that you can afford to donate. Don't hesitate to donate!
I live in New York City, but often visit the Hudson Valley and am aware of the deep connection between our communities. The issues we face in NYC - including the marginalization of communities of color, racism, gentrification, housing discrimination, and the targeting of immigrant communities - are just as pervasive, if not worse, in many communities just north of us. It is important to me to support the work of organizations across our state, especially those who are working in smaller, less-resourced communities. Keep up the good work!
I support Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson because it is an honest, impactful organization leveraging community power to support residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley in tangible, responsible ways. The campaigns Nobody Leaves runs—fighting for a clean DREAM act that protects all undocumented immigrants and for robust, equitable social services throughout the Hudson Valley, from utilities to public education—are crucial to creating more just cities in the area and present a model for community organizations elsewhere. Especially encouraging to me is the commitment Nobody Leaves has made to taking leadership from those with the most at stake in the work they do.
Seemed like a great cause to support a group of people that don’t generally have people advocating for them.
Fundraising Team Member