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.



Xiomara Mena and Lucy Cristancho Xiomara Mena and Lucy Cristancho: Volunteer Corps Members

Our Communications Coordinator Assistant and Sr. Graphic Designer, David Sturniolo sat down with Xiomara and Lucy at our October 25th Brooklyn event to hear their story and their thoughts on being part of our Volunteer Corps.


David.  Can you tell us a bit about yourselves? Do you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
Xiomara.  "We all have personal immigration stories because we are immigrants so everyone has a story."
Lucy.  "I came from Colombia 18 years ago and I became a citizen in August. I came to CUNY for help with the entire process."

D. How many times have you volunteered at our events? And what do you enjoy most about our events?
X.  "I don’t know. I don’t remember how many times, but it should be like two and half years. I know it was in a February at LaGuardia Community College."
L.  "We started at the same time. And we enjoy it. The volunteers are the best and the organization is just great."
X.  "I agree with that and what I enjoy the most is event flow because I do not like to do paperwork [laughs]. We love and learned a lot from the organization and always expect other organizations to be as organized as CUNY Citizenship Now!"

D. That kind of answers my next question. I’ll ask it anyway. Why do you volunteer with CUNY Citizenship Now!
X.  "It’s fantastic, so well organized and people are so satisfied. The best part is that we know it is a reliable place, people are not tricked. [Participants] do not pay anything except the immigration fees and, if they qualify, they can file for the fee waiver. It’s just fantastic knowing that you are part of a group that really does good for the community and [the participants] really do not run the risk of losing money, or worse yet, having additional immigration issues."
L.  "I think what’s been helpful is that we can refer lots of people to the services offered here."

D. In what way(s) has volunteering with Citizenship Now! impacted you personally?
X.  "Well we have learned a lot. I learned a lot. I usually like the question on the [Citizenship Now! Monthly Newsletter]. That’s fantastic and I must say I usually get it right. I have learned a lot. You can come here with preconceived notions and then you realize how much there is to learn and the best part is helping people. [CUNY Citizenship Now!] is an organization that provides so much and it’s just fantastic."
L.  "You learn a lot about the process itself about becoming a citizen and letting people know about the 100 questions and everything that is involved."

D. What is your most memorable moment volunteering with CUNY Citizenship Now!?
X.  "For me it was the first time I went to John Jay. One of the attorneys that were there was doing application assistance and I was doing event flow. And what I loved was that he placed such trust in me and I was a new volunteer that at the end of the day he gave me a hug because, he said, 'you did so well'."
L.  "I think what I like is when people go through the process and then they let us know when they become citizens. That’s great!"

D. You both live in Queens do you have a favorite borough to go to?
X.  "All the cultural institutions are in Manhattan. I wish there were more [events] in Queens."

D. So, do you want more events in Queens or Manhattan?
X.  "I think Manhattan is easier to get to in terms of transportation, but when you do it in Long Island City there is always a large turn-out. I have never been to one in LaGuardia Community College that has been a low turn-out."

D. Thank you very much for talking to us!
L.  "Thank you!"
X.  "We love CUNY Citizenship Now!"

Volunteer Profiles

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