Immigrant Connection at the Bridge strengthens its partnership with Tyson Foods in Logansport

Last Updated on September 12, 2019 by cassnetwork

Logansport, IN –Immigrant Connection announced today a grant of $65,000 from Tyson Foods for Immigrant Legal Services for the company’s Logansport team members and families. This investment will allow Immigrant Connection to continue to provide services such as legal counseling and naturalization assistance to Tyson Foods team members and their families. Immigrant Connection aims to prevent immigration-related disruptions in employment at Tyson Foods through an increased presence on their Logansport campus.

“The Immigrant Connection Team at the Bridge is overjoyed to continue partnering with Tyson Foods to serve the immigrant communities in Logansport,”said Zach Szmara, National Director, Immigrant Connection. “This bolstered support will give us new opportunities to connect with Tyson team members and their families, allowing us to offer more services at lower cost. Together with Tyson, we look forward to continuing to cultivate a welcoming environment throughout Logansport for our immigrant and refugee families.”

Additionally, this investment from Tyson Foods will allow for 50 Tyson Foods team members to complete the naturalization process at no cost by the end of 2020. These individuals will be identified through on-site consultations and awareness seminars hosted by the Immigrant Connection staff. The scholarship endowed by Tyson Foods will cover legal fees for a variety of other immigration-related applications requested by Tyson Foods team members and their families.

“Being a first-generation natural born citizen, I’ve seen firsthand the struggles a family faces when dealing with immigration issues,”said Michelle Balderas, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Tyson Foods Logansport. “This is one of the main reasons I advocate for great partnerships such as The Bridge and Tyson Foods because both organizations continue to foster programs that uplift our Team Members and our community.”

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About Immigrant Connection Immigrant Connection is an affiliate of The Wesleyan Church Corporation that aims to help every church and every community learn ways to welcome and connect with immigrants and refugees. The first Immigrant Connection site launched at The Bridge, Logansport in February 2014. Since that time, Immigrant Connection has launched 19DOJ recognized immigration legal services offices, all hosted in local churches. Immigrant Connection is made up of staff and volunteers with a wide range of experience in immigration legal services. Learn more by visiting

About Tyson Foods Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp®and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company had 121,000 team members at September 29, 2018. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit

SOURCE: News release from Immigrant Connection