Imperial Advance, a leading small business lending and financial services company based in New York City, recently announced a donation to the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). The NYIC advocates for laws and policies to improve the lives of immigrants and all New Yorkers, particularly those that live in lower-income communities.
Among its 2018 initiatives, the NYIC advocates for:
- Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants (GreenLight Campaign);
- Low-cost immigration legal services;
- Immigrant access to vital health services;
- Immigration enforcement and incarceration reform;
- Strengthening immigrant language access;
- Immigrant workers rights; and
- Improving immigrant access to educational resources like Family Welcome Centers, English Language Learners classes, and academic scholarships.
Michael Pennartz, co-founder and vice president of Imperial Advance issued the following statement in connection with the company’s donation:
“Today, perhaps more than at any time in recent memory, immigrants face a range of challenges — political, social and economic — that threaten their future success. We have proudly worked with hundreds of immigrant business owners over the past several years improving their prospects for prosperity with business term loans, merchant cash advances, revenue-based financing and lines of credit. We have helped provide needed access to capital when banks and traditional lending companies have shut the door and said “no”. Many of our employees are sons and daughters of immigrants to this country. We live and work in New York City, a melting pot of diverse cultures and nationalities, and we are proud to help support the New York Immigration Coalition welcome and improve the lives of the newest members of our community.”
The NYIC leverages the political power of immigrant communities by engaging in voter outreach and mobilization for key local, state, and federal elections. The NYIC cultivates a new generation of immigrant civic leaders and community organizers by offering fellowships and several leadership programs.
The NYIC provides multilingual informational materials on immigration law, citizenship requirements, school registration, healthcare access, and voting rights. The NYIC also works with ethnic and mainstream media to relay important and often time-sensitive updates to immigrant communities.
The NYIC offers annual workshops and presentations on immigration law and other issues that affect immigrants on a daily basis. The NYIC also provides guidance to community groups, advocates, and legal providers on how to better serve their constituents.
To learn more about the New York Immigration Coalition, visit: https://www.nyic.org/