We are pleased to announce a new opportunity to put your faith into action by lending support to detained immigrants through AID NW (Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest). Training and orientation by AID NW is available.
On Saturday, July 22 Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest (AID NW) is offering volunteer training and orientation from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Tacoma. This training is necessary for anyone who wishes to work with detainees at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma. Good Shepherd will participate in this training, and the church van is available to the first 11 people who sign up. If you wish to participate, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk in the Narthex or call Both Holmes at 360-357-3554.
AID NW assists Detention Center residents in several ways:
- Phone Access and Volunteer Visitation Programs improve living conditions within the center by reducing isolation experienced by detainees.
- Book Drives offer relief from the boredom of detention by providing inspirational and recreational reading materials.
- AID NW works to obtain the release of detained immigrants once they are identified as eligible for release.
- Sponsors provide social and community assimilation support to help those eligible for release when no one else is available.
- The Housing Network ensures that newly released immigrants stay in a safe environment as they transition to independent living in the U.S.
- Educational programs through churches, schools, civic groups, and community organizations increase awareness.
- Advocates meet with legislators and other decision-makers to shift policy toward a more just system that respects the dignity and worth of all immigrants.
If you are interested in supporting this organization, there are many ways to help:
- Join their email group and receive regular updates on ways to assist, advocate, and increase awareness.
- Provide food, clothing and toiletries, or make a designated cash donation to one of AID NW’s programs or projects.
- Become an annual dues paying member of AID NW.
- Bring family, friends and colleagues to bimonthly informational meetings and other events.
- Invite AID NW to give a presentation at your work, church or organization.
- Volunteer by visiting a detained immigrant, greeting immigrants at the Welcome Center, hosting a newly released immigrant in your home, accompanying an immigrant to government agencies or community events, or sharing your office skills.
For more information, visit www.aidnw.org, call the AID NW Office (253) 572-9659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.