Interested in volunteering with Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON)? We use volunteers extensively in our intake and form prep clinics, advocacy, and administrative support.
How to Volunteer:
1. Complete a Volunteer Application for the appropriate clinic location:
2. You will receive a welcome letter and training links from our volunteer coordinator within 5 days.
If you do not receive an email in 5 days, please send a note to Volunteer Coordinators:
Volunteer_GR@jfonwestmichigan.org (Grand Rapids)
S.Norkowski@jfonwestmichigan.org (Traverse City)
Providing proper training is very important to us. JFON offers in-person and online options for general intake clinics and same-day training for forms clinics.
3. Attend a clinic to complete training and sign confidentiality statement with us. Upcoming Clinic Dates are posted on our home page.
Descriptions of Volunteer Roles:
Intake Volunteer – Standard Clinic
Do you have good people skills and an interest in meeting people from different cultures? Can you provide a warm welcome while at the same time collecting very personal and confidential information?
Frequency of service: up to 1 time per month/10 months per year
Length of time: 1 – 3 hours
Days of Service: vary by site
Form Preparation Clinic
JFON hosts form preparation clinics regularly through the year — these are different from our intake clinics. This clinics include:
- Refugee Green Card Clinics: in which we assist refugees to apply for legal permanent residency (AKA their green cards).
- Citizenship Clinics: in which we assist legal permanent residents to apply for citizenship.
These clinics are generally on a Saturday. Form Prep Volunteer training begins at 9:00 am. Clients arrive for appointments at 10 am and 12 pm. You may serve at one or both shifts (10 am or 12 pm). Clinics end around 2 pm. We generally have a greater need for hospitality, child care, and support than usual.
Frequency of service: 2 Refugee Green Card Clinics per year. 2 Citizenship Clinics per year.
Length of time: 2 – 5 hours (depending on training and appointments)
Days of Service: Saturday mornings
Form Prep Clinic Volunteer Roles:
Form prep — requires training that begins at 9:00 am
Hospitality Coordinator – advance prep necessary to arrange for food and refreshments
Room Set-up (8:30 start) and Room Break-down (1:00 pm start)
Office Help / Translators
Are you bi-lingual and able to help us translate client statements and documents? Are you interested in answering and returning phone calls? Are you willing to help us make copies and support us on administrative tasks? We have varying opportunities for office help.
Frequency of service: generally 1 day per week
Length of time: 1-4 hours
Days of Service: Flexible
Do you like to work behind the scenes to help maintain and grow project funding? Do you have technical writing skills to assist in grant applications of donor recruitment/management experience to build our support base?
Frequency of service: 4-5 times per year
Length of time: 8 hours
Days of Service: Flexible; can work from home
Do you have a passion to educate and advocate in support of the immigrant – the second and equally important half of JFON? Can you help organize outreach events at schools, local churches, university campuses, and community organizations? Are you interested in representing and speaking on behalf of JFON at community events? We will provide the resources and training.
Frequency of service: 3-4 times per year
Length of time: 4 hours
Days of Service: Flexible
How Else Can I Help?
- Support JFON-West Michigan with a financial or in-kind gift
- Invite us to give a presentation at your organization
- Reach out to a neighbor in need – share this resource
- Encourage your employer or group to make a “matching gift”
- Study immigration issues and be an advocate for justice