Volunteer

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy.  Upcoming Clinic Dates are posted on home page.

You can serve at either site:

Grand Rapids – Please email VolunteerGR@jfonwestmichigan.org or call 616-301-7461

Holland – Call 616-396-5595

Volunteer Training

Getting proper training is very important to us.  JFON now offers on-line option for general intake clinics and same-day training for forms clinics.  We can send you the link after we receive your application.

Intake Volunteer – Standard Clinic

Do you have good people skills and an interest in meeting people from foreign lands? Can you provide a warm welcome while at the same time collecting very personal and confidential information?

Freq of service: 1 times per month/10 months per year
Length of time: 3 hours
Days of Service: Thursday eve or Saturday morning at First Place

Apply Today!


Form Preparation Clinic

JFON hosts a form preparation clinics regularly through the year to assist refugees adjusting status to legal permanent resident (green card) or legal permanent resident applying for citizenship. This clinic is different from our standard JFON clinic.  Clients will be arriving for 10 am and a second round at 12pm.  You may serve at EITHER or BOTH times.  If you stay for entire clinic we should be done around 2 pm. There will be a bit more need for hospitality and support than usual.  If you are interested in helping, we have needs in the following areas:

Registration table (2)

Runners/copiers (2)

Form prep (5)Childcare (1)

Hospitality Coordinator (1)  – advance prep necessary

Room Set-up (8:30 start)

Please arrive by 9:30 to receive instruction for the day. If you would like to volunteer, please reply to this email and indicate your top two interests and when you can serve; we will do our best to make matches.

Freq of service: 1 times per month/6-8 times per year

Length of time: 4 hours (training held at 9am same day of clinic)

Days of Service: Saturday mornings at First Place

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Speakers Group

Do you have a passion to educate and advocate in support of the immigrant?  Advocacy and Education are second and equally important half of the JFON ministry?  Do you have good speaking skills and a passion for the topic – We are regularly asked to speak for church groups and community agencies.  We can provide the resources and training.

Freq of service: 3-4 times per year
Length of time: 1-2 hours
Days of Service: Flexible

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Fundraising Support

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?

Freq of service: 4-5 times per year
Length of time: 8 hours
Days of Service: Flexible; can work from home

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Advocacy Support Opportunity

Do you have a passion to educate and advocate in support of the immigrant – the second and equally important half of the JFON ministry? Can you help organize outreach events at local churches, university campuses and community organizations?

Freq of service: 3-4 times per year
Length of time: 4 hours
Days of Service:Flexible

Apply Today!


How Else Can I Help?

  • Support JFON-West Michigan with a financial or in-kind gift
  • Invite us to give a presentation at your religious or civic 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