Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Open House #Giving Tuesday

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) – West Michigan has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

JFON-West Michigan is hosting an open house to celebrate our clients, volunteers, supporters and community partners. The event is used to broaden awareness for the need for high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services in West Michigan. We have set an ambitious goal to raise $8k through this event, social media promotion and online donations.

Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Event location: First United Methodist Church, 227 Fulton E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Event Time: 10am to 2pm

“JFON is a grassroots organization striving to make the communities where it works more welcoming to immigrants. A donation to JFON on Giving Tuesday will give many returns – an opportunity for an immigrant to escape persecution or violence, adjust immigration status, orreceive authorization to work. Our work keeps families together and provides an opportunity a better life for themselves and their children.” Laura Rampersad, Event Coordinator for JFON-West Michigan.

Those who are interested in joining JFON-WM’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.jfonwestmichigan.org. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

About JFON-West Michigan

JFON-West Michigan is part of a nationwide network of clinics providing immigration legal

services, education, and advocacy throughout the United States. We have been serving clients in West Michigan since 2004. The Grassrooots ministry is based at First United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids with satellite clinics in Holland, Kalamazoo and Traverse City. JFON-West Michigan has assisted more than 2,700 clients from over 89 countries whose cases involved family reunification, citizenship applications, refugee adjustments, human trafficking, and special humanitarian concerns. JFON engages volunteers in an integral way, welcoming new clients to the practice or by providing one-time service with form preparation clinics. All donations received will support local work in Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo and Traverse City.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2017 iteration will be held on November 28th. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

Website: www.givingtuesday.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues

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