Angela Cooper: August 2013
Q. Tell us about yourself--do either you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
A. "My family and I are immigrants from Jamaica. I migrated to the United States to make a better life for me and my family. The opportunities are endless and your dreams are attainable."
Q. How many times have you volunteered at our events? And what makes you keep coming back?
A. "I have volunteered over 5 times and I love volunteering because giving back gives me a sense of satisfaction."
Q. What’s one of your most memorable moments as a volunteer with Citizenship Now? And why?
A. "It would be my first time volunteering. I didn't know what to expect, but when I got to the venue there were other volunteers and staff of different nationalities who welcomed me and started interacting with me as if we were longtime friends. I felt very comfortable although it was my first time."
Q. Why do you volunteer with the NYC/CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps?
A. "It is a diversified group of people who know what it is to give back to the community."
Q. What do you enjoy most at our events?
A. "The joy on the faces of the applicants we assist."
Q. Outside of work and volunteering, tell us about some special hobbies or interests that you have?
A. "I love to read the Bible and the Daily Bread. I love to exercise by doing yoga and Zumba once per week. I also feed the homeless."
Q. What does community mean for you?
A. "Community means reaching out to help each other and share because no man is an island. We all need each other somewhere along the way."
Q. Has your knowledge of immigration law improved because of the time you have spent volunteering with us? What have you learned?
A. "I have learned a lot about correctly filling out the N-400 application forms."