Join AJS at a Celebration of Justice event this April in Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL! 2016 was a pivotal year for AJS and we have some exciting news to share at these events, you won't want to miss them this year!

Please join us to hear from AJS co-founders Carlos Hernandez, Kurt Ver Beek, and Jo Ann Van Engen talk about brave Hondurans who are building hope and growing justice in their communities and throughout their nation. 

April 27, 2017, Grand Rapids Michigan, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) at 6:30 PM
April 29, 2017, Chicago Illinois, Elmhurst Christain Reformed Church (149 W Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126) at 6:30 PM

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April 27, 2017, Grand Rapids Michigan, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) at 6:30 PM

When and where is the event?
The dinner event is at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) at 6:30 PM. Please come early to enjoy the Butterfly Exhibit at no cost from 5:30-6:30 pm. 

Where can I RSVP?
Please help us out by RSVPing to the event! You can RSVP online here, by phone 1(800)897-1135, or by mail at PO Box 888631 Grand Rapids MI 49588

How long is the event?
The dinner will begin at 6:30 pm, and usually lasts 2 hours.

How can I help with the event?
We depend on volunteers to make this event happen. If you are able to greet people, sell t shirts, set up, or clean up, we would love to have you volunteer at the event. We also encourage you to invite people you know who may be interested in AJS and Honduras to the event. Please contact Nicole DeBoer at nicole@ajs-us.org for more information on volunteering. 

What is a table sponsor?
A table sponsor is someone who commits to filling up a 10 person dinner table - it’s easy, free, and a tremendously effective way to help us continue the fight against violence and corruption in Honduras.  Please contact Alison Wabeke at alison@ajs-us.org for more information on being a table sponsor. 

Who will be speaking at this event?

small_CH.jpgCarlos Hernández is the co-founder and president of the Association for a More Just Society (AJS). He is also president of the civil society coalition Transformemos Honduras, and a member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Peace and Justice in Honduras. Hernández received his bachelor’s degree from the National Autonomous University in Honduras in 1994, and a Project Planning and Evaluation Certificate from the Pontificia Catholic University in Peru in 2007. He has worked as a community educator, school principal, and leader in multiple community development programs. Since founding AJS, he has become an opinion leader in Honduras on public policies, civil society, and social oversight, particularly in the themes of security, transparency, and rule of law.

joannkurt_square.jpgKurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen have made Honduras their home for twenty-eight years. They helped launch, and continue to help lead, the Association for a More Just Society. In the early 2000s they moved to the poor community of Nueva Suyapa in Honduras’ capital city, which has influenced their understanding of how corruption and violence affect the most vulnerable. They also lead Calvin College’s Justice Studies Semester Program in Honduras. Kurt and Jo Ann both received their B.A.s from Calvin College and M.A.s in human resource development from Azusa Pacific. In 1996, Kurt earned his Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.

 

April 29, 2017, Chicago Illinois, Elmhurst Christian Reformed church (149 W Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126) at 6:30 pm 

When and where is the event?
The dinner event is at Elmhurst Christian Reformed church (149 W Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126) at 6:30 pm.

Where can I RSVP?
Please help us out by RSVPing to the event! You can RSVP online here, by phone 1(800)897-1135, or by mail at PO Box 888631 Grand Rapids MI 49588

How long is the event?
The dinner will begin at 6:30 pm, and usually lasts 2 hours.

How can I help with the event?
We depend on volunteers to make this event happen. If you are able to greet people, serve food, sell t shirts, set up, or clean up, we would love to have you volunteer at the event. We also encourage you to invite people you know who may be interested in AJS and Honduras to the event. Please contact Alison Wabeke at alison@ajs-us.org for more information on volunteering. 

What is a table sponsor?
A table sponsor is someone who commits to filling up a 8 person dinner table - it’s easy, free, and a tremendously effective way to help us continue the fight against violence and corruption in Honduras.  Please contact Alison Wabeke at alison@ajs-us.org for more information on being a table sponsor. 

Who will be speaking at this event?

Carlos Hernández is the co-founder and president of the Association for a More Just Society (AJS). He is also president of the civil society coalition Transformemos Honduras, and a member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Peace and Justice in Honduras. Hernández received his bachelor’s degree from the National Autonomous University in Honduras in 1994, and a Project Planning and Evaluation Certificate from the Pontificia Catholic University in Peru in 2007. He has worked as a community educator, school principal, and leader in multiple community development programs. Since founding AJS, he has become an opinion leader in Honduras on public policies, civil society, and social oversight, particularly in the themes of security, transparency, and rule of law.

joannkurt_square.jpgKurt Ver Beek and Jo Ann Van Engen have made Honduras their home for twenty-eight years. They helped launch, and continue to help lead, the Association for a More Just Society. In the early 2000s they moved to the poor community of Nueva Suyapa in Honduras’ capital city, which has influenced their understanding of how corruption and violence affect the most vulnerable. They also lead Calvin College’s Justice Studies Semester Program in Honduras. Kurt and Jo Ann both received their B.A.s from Calvin College and M.A.s in human resource development from Azusa Pacific. In 1996, Kurt earned his Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.

Will you be a Table Sponsor?

AJS values your committed partnership with us in our work for justice. One of the most effective ways you can ensure the sustainability, effectiveness, and expansion of this work is to share your passion for our mission with others. The Celebration of Justice provides a perfect venue for you to do just that. It’s easy, free, and a tremendously effective way to help us continue the fight against violence and corruption in Honduras.

How?

As a table sponsor, your job is to fill up a dinner table. This is a great opportunity for folks new to AJS to hear of the work first hand. Then, we will give you invitations to mail or email to your guests. Finally, we will reserve a table for you at the celebration of justice event for you and your guests.

For more information, contact Alison Wabeke at 1 (800) 897-1135, alison@ajs-us.org.

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We rely heavily on volunteers to make our celebration events possible! We need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up at the event.

For more information about volunteering, please contact Alison Wabeke at alison@ajs-us.org or 1(800)897-1135.

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Will you be a corporate sponsor for an AJS event?

Because 'justice' shouldn't be 'just us' - sign up to be a corporate sponsor today for an event near you!

There are two ways you can be a corporate sponsor:

  • Underwrite some of the dinner's costs by giving a monetary donation (past donations have been between $250-$1000)
  • Donate items for the event 

Corporate sponsors will be listed in our program and on our website, promoted on social media, and publicly thanked during the event. We greatly appreciate your support in making this event possible!

If you're interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact Alison Wabeke at alison@ajs-us.org. You can make sponsorship payments online or via check.

A special thank you to last year's event corporate sponsors from different cities across the US!

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Use your voice to help us spread the word about an AJS Celebration of Justice

1. Pass out Save the Date cards to friends and family

Save the Date's coming soon!

2. Send an email inviting folks to join you for a delicious meal and exciting stories from Honduras.

3.Share on social media (coming soon!)

 

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Association for a More Just Society (AJS)
PO Box 888631
Grand Rapids, MI 49588

info@ajs-us.org

1 (800) 897-1135