Opportunity to Support Immigrants: Rapid Response and Accompaniment Network
The Massachusetts Community Action Network (MCAN), after conversations with affected communities, is encouraging local groups to form networks to offer rapid response and accompaniment for individuals and families who are the target of Immigration enforcement.
Rapid Response – Being a member of the rapid response team means you would be trained to respond quickly to the scene of an ongoing ICE raid. You would provide moral witness, and direct support to the effected individuals and their immediate family/community. This model of response does not involve resistance or civil disobedience, it is an act of witness and solidarity.
Due to the work of the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association in partnership with others, Milton will have a large enough network of responders to account for the fact that not everyone is available at all times. Similar networks in other areas have found that having 40 people on an alert list can ensure that 12 will respond to any given call.
Accompaniment – Accompaniment teams would enter longer term relationships with individuals who are facing immigration enforcement by going with them to ICE check-ins and court hearings as well as facilitating legal support when needed and, as appropriate, engaging wider community support around an individual who is facing deportation or detention. This could include connecting the individual with religious communities who are prepared to offer Sanctuary. The rationale for this model is that people of privilege can often offer Sanctuary by offering their presence and witness to immigration enforcement. ICE would prefer to do its work out of sight, and would prefer to subsist on the narrative that immigrants are criminals.
Our witness intends to both offer support and to elevate the true narrative, that immigrants are vital members of our communities, and our communities do not want ICE to be tearing them apart. If you are interested in supporting this program, contact Rev. John Allen, the Pastor at First Congregational Church at firstname.lastname@example.org
“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him,
for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:21)
Interfaith Social Services, 105 Adams Street, Quincy
Do Good…Feel Good-VOLUNTEER
Are you or someone you know looking for a fulfilling and fun volunteer experience?
We are looking for reliable, compassionate and hard-working individuals to help in our food pantry, at our front desk and in our thrift shop. We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week. All of our 3-hr volunteer shifts are Monday-Friday between the hours of 7:30 an and 3:30 pm. (sorry no evening or weekend volunteer opportunities available at this time)
Interested volunteers should contact Paula Daniels at email@example.com or 617-773-6203 x28 to set up an interview.
Quincy Family Resource Center (QFRC)
The Quincy Family Resource Center (QFRC) works with parents, caregivers, guardians, youth of all ages, other family members of the community seeking support. Our staff works with families to assess needs and connect them to appropriate supports and services.
The QFRC has various volunteer opportunities ranging from assisting with short term annual projects like our holiday toy drive and backpack drive, or work with families directly at our groups and events or indirectly by covering the office, helping with administrative details and small fundraising projects. We also seek donations of gift cards to: Stop & Shop as well as prepaid Charlie cards and gas cards.
For more information around volunteer and donation opportunities, please contact Katie Conley at 617-481-7227, ext. 103
For more information about the QFRC please visit our Website: www.quincyfamilyrc.org , Facebook: Quincy Family Resource Center, Twitter: @QuincyFRC2015 and Instagram: quincyfrc.