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.



Mohammad Akram Mohammad Akram: Volunteer Corps Member

Our Communications and College Relations Specialist, Sofia Carreno sat down with Mohammad at our February 10th Queens event to hear his story and his thoughts on being part of our Volunteer Corps.

Sofia: Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
Mohammad: "I emigrated from Pakistan more than 30 years ago. I applied for a green card after the CSS/LULAC (legalization) case and later became a citizen. I am very proud to be a U.S. citizen."

S: How long ago did you become a U.S. citizen?
M: "I became a citizen in April 2014. Before I started volunteering, I was unaware of the complicated steps an immigrant must take to become a U.S. citizen. In my naturalization interview I mentioned that I would help more immigrants become citizens by volunteering with CUNY Citizenship Now!"

S: How long have been volunteering with the NYC/CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps?
M: "I have been volunteering for more than five years. Throughout those years I have proudly utilized my vacation time to volunteer at the call-in. It is such a great feeling to spend those full days assisting immigrants over the phone."

S: I know you like to help people. Is that the only reason why you volunteer with us or are there other reasons?
M: "People go through a really hard time to get their U.S. citizenship. An attorney charges about $500-$600 for such cases and we can provide that help for free. I don’t have a lot of money, but I have time, which is all that I can give back to my community. I’m not a rich guy and I don’t have a lot in my bank account. The good thing is that God gave me good health and I have a lot of time in my savings account."

S: Outside of work and volunteering what are your favorite hobbies?
M: "I do a lot of community service. I have also represented my work department in parades."

Volunteer Profiles

Elizabeth Burgos

Elizabeth Burgos
February 2015

Luis Velez

Luis Velez
January 2015


2014 Volunteer Profiles >>

Volunteer Profiles

Ana Ronzel

Ana Ronzel
December 2014

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