Jesus Guzman: February 2013
Jesus Guzman has been a Volunteer Corps Member since Spring 2012:
Q. Tell us about yourself--do either you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
A. "Many immigrants have hard times beginning a new life in the United States of America, the language, finding a place to live, getting a job to maintain themselves and take care of family members who are sometimes abroad. The CUNY Citizenship Now! website made me happy to know there are people helping others with immigration procedures. "
Q. Why do you volunteer with the NYC/CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps?
A. "It really is an institution that does not charge a cent to the people who need help. Allan, all the CUNY staff, and each volunteer helping at the event do it with love. To be a U.S. citizen is a great step in the life of each immigrant, so that’s why I volunteer at CUNY Citizenship Now!"
Q. How many times have you volunteered at our events and what makes you keep coming?
A. "I have volunteered several times at the weekend events as well as the Call-in last year. I really like helping others and love the CUNY Citizenship Now! staff and event organization. When I am done with an event, I am always ready and looking forward to the next one."
Q. Outside of work and volunteering, tell us about some special hobbies or interests that you have?
A. "I like baseball, I am new to New York and I still haven’t decided what New York team I am going to be a fan of. I have not had the opportunity to go to the stadiums, but I enjoy watching baseball games on TV." (Let's help Jesus decide on a team. Vote now!)
Q. When volunteering, which is your favorite borough? And why?
A. "Manhattan and Queens, because the leaders of these communities are deeply involved in the work of helping immigrants."
Q. What do you enjoy most at our events?
A. "Hearing about how CUNY Citizenship Now! is helping people with many years of permanent residence apply to become American citizens!"
Q. Has your knowledge of immigration law improved because of the time you have spent volunteering with us? What have you learned?
A. "Yes, the trainings, plus at each event I attend there are lawyers on site to help, which increases my knowledge of immigration."
Q. What is your favorite section of the volunteer newsletter “Citizenship Now! Monthly” and/or volunteer website?
A. "Ask an attorney, I keep learning more about immigration."
Q. What does community mean for you?
A. "Community is a group of people who share a common experience (disability, seniors, youth, newcomers, immigrants), who can work together to support each other, and create things to make their lives better. Respect, solidarity, care and love for others, healthy economies, people and an environment that makes you feel happy and safe where you live."
Q. What’s one of your most memorable moments as a volunteer with Citizenship Now?
A. "The stories I heard at the annual Citizenship Now! Call-in event. People were calling from Florida, North Carolina and across America asking for help."
Q. What are you looking forward to at the next event?
A. "To help a lot of people."