Refugee "Green Card Clinic" Helper
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Justice for Our Neighbors

Refugee "Green Card Clinic" Helper

You’ll work with a group at a “green card clinic” to assist refugees adjusting their immigration status. You’ll check-in registered guests, run and copy documents, and help a family prepare paperwork. You’ll be assigned to one family member but will work as a group under the direction of an attorney to complete the immigration forms. You can work directly with the guests or you can do more behind-the-scenes paperwork. An attorney will provide mandatory training at 9 a.m., then the clinic opens for two back-to-back sessions; registered guests arrive either at 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. You can work one or both two-hour sessions that day.

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3-5 hours on a couple of Saturdays per year
Justice for Our Neighbors
207 E Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 207 E Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Is This the Right Fit for Me?

You’ve got the energy for a lively and sometimes chaotic morning, but you know the importance of taking time in all that to offer one-on-one attention to someone. You’re motivated to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time, and you love working with a team to accomplish that work together. You can follow the detailed directions of the attorney and group leader. You have a love for people from foreign lands.

About Justice for Our Neighbors

Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) welcomes immigrants into Grand Rapids by providing high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. As part of a nationwide outreach project of UMCOR and the First United Methodist Churches throughout West Michigan, JFON provides free or low-cost immigration legal services to those earning 200% of poverty or less.

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What Others are Saying

“By volunteering with Justice for Our Neighbors, we’re afforded the opportunity to interpret the world from the lens of others. JFON’s commitment to making a difference in the community inspires us to be a part of this mission.”

Jose and Belinda

What to Expect

Complete a volunteer application and select “form preparation clinic” as your area of interest. You’ll receive a welcome letter from JFON’s volunteer coordinator. Two to three weeks ahead of each clinic, you’ll receive an email recruiting volunteers. When you respond, you’re able to indicate which role you’d like to play: form preparation or administrative support. (Think: people v. behind the scenes.) Those preparing forms must attend a training the morning of the clinic. You’ll sign confidentiality statement before their first shift.