Volunteer of the Month

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Each month we will highlight one of our outstanding volunteers. Below you will find the current Volunteer of the month as well as a list of volunteers who we have profiled in the past. Click on the photos to read more about them.



Luc Raymond Luc Raymond: Volunteer Corps

Our Communications and College Relations Specialist, Sofia Carreno sat down with Luc at our September 6th Brooklyn event to hear his story and thoughts on being part of our Volunteer Corps.


Sofia.  What is your name and where are you from?
Luc.  "My name is Luc Raymond and I am from Haiti."

S. Tell us a little bit about yourself, how did you come to the United States and why are you here today?
L.  "I am a former university professor from Haiti. I used to teach in the college of agriculture. I taught there for more than 20 years. And I am a former Fulbright scholar; I had the Fulbright scholarship to do my Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences in Gainesville Florida. I also have a Master’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico in Agriculture. I graduated in Agriculture from the State University of Haiti. And I have been teaching in my country for many years to give back what I have received from my country. I was provided with education in my University at no cost to me. However, later on I had to make the decision to leave Haiti because I had a concern for my personal safety and my family's too. I came here as a refugee with political asylum, was granted residency here soon after and since 2005 I have been living here in Brooklyn, NY. I was willing to apply for citizenship four years ago and when I saw the notice I went to the Brooklyn College application event and asked if they needed volunteers. They said yes and I started volunteering for CUNY Citizenship Now!"

S. What station do you volunteer at when you come to events?
L.  "Either application assistance or if they assign me somewhere else I’ll am glad to do that. Luckily I speak four languages so I can help Hispanics, Haitians, or Caribbean people, so all I’m here for is to help."

S. How many times have you volunteered at events?
L.  "Oh, I don’t remember how many events, but I started, I believe in 2011 or 2012. Maybe 2011 I’m pretty sure yeah."

S. What is it that you enjoy most at our events?
L.  "First off, I enjoy being here to help. That’s what I like most. I see people I am used to seeing at different events and everybody is cooperative with you. There is a good mood and everybody's smiling, so it’s a great environment to be in."

S. What would you tell volunteers who are volunteering for the first time?
L.  "I would tell them that it's fun to do, because there is a big satisfaction knowing that you’re helping people. It’s something that can help the community because the more people naturalize the bigger the nation."

S. In what way(s) has volunteering with Citizenship Now! impacted you personally?
L.  "Whenever I find somebody [who has questions about immigration], I tell them CUNY is there and I give them the information where the next event is being held. I pass the information to my church too so people who are interested can get ready whenever the application event is being held in the community."

S. What is your most memorable moment volunteering with CUNY Citizenship Now!?
L.  "I would say all of them, but for me the first day was most memorable, because I wanted to make sure I didn't make mistakes and I was very excited for the first day."

S. Outside of volunteering what are your favorite hobbies?
L.  "My favorite hobbies are playing chess on my computer and listening to Haitian music. I read and I used to teach Catechism at my church but since I moved from that neighborhood I don’t do that anymore. I like soccer but since I started having problems with my back I can’t play soccer anymore. [Laughter] "

S. Thank you very much for your time.
L.  "Thank you very much. It’s my pleasure and I’m so surprised to have such an honor of being selected as a CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer of the month. Thank you very much. I will remember that for the rest of my life. Thank you."

Volunteer Profiles

Noreen Noel

Noreen Noel
September 2014

Roman Yushuva

Roman Yushuva
August 2014

James Howard

James Howard
July 2014

Kathleen Tonkovich

Kathleen Tonkovich
June 2014

Olu Ajayi

Olu Ajayi
May 2014

Geovanni Gutierrez

Geovanni Gutierrez 
March 2014

Sonia Mills

Sonia Mills 
February 2014

Ann Marie McNamee

Ann Marie McNamee 
January 2014

2013 Volunteer Profiles >>

Shaunee Morgan

Shaunee Morgan
December 2013

Rafael Tassy

Rafael Tassy
November 2013

Camissa Celestin

Camissa Celestin
October 2013

Melina Lito

Melina Lito
September 2013

Angela Cooper

Angela Cooper
August 2013

Aydee Joya

Aydee Joya
July 2013

Sanya Paul

Sanya Paul
June 2013

Sainslot Belizaire

Sainslot Belizaire
May 2013

Bosondo Braun

Bosondo Braun
April 2013

Tomas Escotto

Tomas Escotto
March 2013

Jesus Guzman

Jesus Guzman
February 2013

Nubia Espana

Nubia Espana
January 2013

2012 Volunteer Profiles >>

Fanny Lauby

Fanny Lauby
December 2012

Celeste Tejeda

Celeste Tejeda
November 2012

Dea Shkupi

Dea Shkupi
October 2012

Darrion Maye

Darrion Maye
September 2012

Ana Davila

Ana Davila
August 2012

Camilo Aparicio

Camilo Aparicio
July 2012

Yiu Fai Chu

Yiu Fai Chu
June 2012

Lyson Bazile

Lyson Bazile
May 2012

Elizabeth Aviles

Elizabeth Aviles
April 2012

Diana Arreaga

Diana Arreaga
March 2012

Carla Rabinowitz

Carla Rabinowitz
February 2012

Johanna Bonny

Johanna Bonny
January 2012

2011 Volunteer Profiles >>

Karin Wolman

Karin Wolman
December 2011

Mimo

Mimo Boulefrekh
November 2011

Karl Gluck

Karl Gluck
October 2011

Bashkim Musabelliu

Bashkim Musabelliu
September 2011

Mabel Bajer

Mabel Bejar
August 2011
Currently Staff Member at Citizenship Now!

Thomas Marsh

Thomas Marsh
July 2011

Cezanne Jones

Cezanne Lyte
June 2011

venus

Venus Bernudez
May 2011

jorge

Jorge Rodriguez
April 2011