In July and August, First Unitarian is partnering with Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (IJFON). 

JFON is a faith driven ministry, established by the United Methodist Committee on Relief in 1999 to service new immigrants with free legal counsel.  Iowa JFON has been serving clients in our communities for the past 17 years at five locations across Iowa – Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Ottumwa, Columbus Junction, and Storm Lake.  They provide free immigration legal counsel, education and advocacy to low-income refugees and immigrants.

In Des Moines, legal clinics are held on the 4th Monday evening, 10 months of the year, at Grace Methodist Church. UUs have been volunteering at the clinic for over three years, and currently, four UUs are providing a light sandwich meal at 5pm for the other volunteers who assist clients with filling out intake forms, which the attorneys use to provide advice and counsel to clients.

Volunteering with organizations like IJFON is a fundamental way of living out our principles – the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion; and a goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.

Get Involved!

JFON needs our help on Tuesday, July 17 to address and stamp cards to all JFON members. It’s for their annual fundraiser, and our help is greatly appreciated.


Help support the JFON legal clinic on Monday, August 27. Volunteers are needed to bring food for the dinner and assist with the clinic; others are needed to only assist with the clinic.