Legal clinics, English classes and more through Atlanta church

Jim Gossling, manager of the Atlanta Bishops’ Storehouse for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, helps Red Shield staffer, Randolph Brown, with first load of food supplies for the shelter. Contributed
Jim Gossling, manager of the Atlanta Bishops’ Storehouse for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, helps Red Shield staffer, Randolph Brown, with first load of food supplies for the shelter. Contributed

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect communities throughout Georgia and the country, many Atlanta organizations are coordinating to provide relief for affected families and individuals. The Atlanta region Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has ramped up their community work to provide food, offer education and aggregate service projects from around the area.

“We want to be a service to everyone in the community. Help clothe the poor, feed the hungry and show love to our neighbors everywhere,” said Tiffany Bird, the Atlanta region assistant communications director of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since March, the church has donated thousands of dollars to help local communities in Atlanta and surrounding areas by working with nonprofit organizations, other faith-based food pantries and shelters. The church also sponsors JustServe, a free online resource where groups post service opportunities and publicize their volunteer needs.

“JustServe brings communities together by relieving suffering, caring for the poor and needy and enhancing the quality of life in the community,” said Bird.

The church also offers a free immigration legal clinic to the public in partnership with Emory University School of Law, and the next digital clinic will be offered on July 8. It is also offering virtual English classes for Spanish speakers.

“We believe that the best way to cope with the COVID 19 pandemic is to help each other,” said Tom Owen, director of communication in Atlanta for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Right now the Atlanta region church is open to new partnerships and projects, and anyone wishing to partner with them should email tiffanybird@ldspublicaffairs.org.

Who’s helping

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Services: The church sponsors JustServe (justserve.org), a free, online resource where groups post service opportunities and publicize their volunteer needs. It also offers a free online immigration legal clinic every other Wednesday with translators on hand, and more info can be found at facebook.com/EmoryImmigrantLegalAssistance/. The church is also offering virtual English classes for Spanish speakers, and more info on those classes can be found on each city's church facebook page. The page for Roswell, Alpharetta and Norcross can be found at facebook.com/IdJCenRoswellAlpharettaNorcross/.

How to help: Visit justserve.org to find ways you can volunteer in the community.

Where to donate: Search on justserve.org for organizations that need supplies and donations.

If you are involved in or know of an organization working to bring relief to the Atlanta community during the coronavirus pandemic OR you are with an organization with supplies that you don’t know where to donate, please email us at Shannon.n.Dominy@gmail.com.