Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer with citizenship now

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.



Ana Ronzel Ana Ronzel: Volunteer Corps Member

Our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Stina Rosenquist sat down with Ana at our November 22nd Queens event to hear her story and her thoughts on being part of our Volunteer Corps.


Stina:  Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Do you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
Ana.  "I came from Mexico City after the earthquake in Mexico in 1985. I went to Canada first and stayed in Montreal for a couple months, but the weather was so cold that I decided to come to New York. I thought I would stay here only to study for a year but now I have been here since 1987. I am very grateful for what I found in this city and this country. I met a lot of nice people and found a lot of opportunities."

S. Are there other people in your family who have also immigrated to the United States?
A.  "My sisters and brothers have not immigrated, but my uncles and cousins immigrated about 30 years ago. They lived next to the border in Mexico, so they have been citizens for many years, because I believe it was a little easier before. They all live in California, Texas and New Mexico and are all citizens."

S. You just filled out your application for citizenship today. Why did you decide to become a citizen?
A.  "I think it is very important to get my citizenship since I established my life in this country and in this state. This is my place too, this is my country now. It is a good thing that Mexico gives me the opportunity to hold two citizenships. I think it’s very important to become a citizen to be able to vote and have my voice heard."

S. Why do you volunteer with CUNY Citizenship Now!?
A.  "I volunteer with Citizenship Now! because I received immigration help and I think it’s very important to reciprocate that help and assist other people who need it."

S. What is your most memorable moment volunteering with CUNY Citizenship Now!?
A.  "One of my favorite moments was at last year’s Call-In. Right after the Mayor spoke all the phones started ringing like you would not believe. It was very emotional and exciting."

S. Outside of volunteering what are your favorite hobbies?
A.  "My hobbies are reading and making jewelry. I’ve been designing jewelry for over 10 years."

S. Thank you very much for talking to us!

Volunteer Profiles

Xiomara and Lucy

Xiomara Mena and Lucy Cristancho
November 2014

Luc Raymond

Luc Raymond
October 2014

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