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.



Luis Velez Luis Velez: Volunteer Corps Member

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
"I am a Colombian lawyer that previously worked as a judge and professor. I had to leave my country due to safety reasons, and I moved to Boston to stay closer to my daughter who was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When I came to the United States, I experienced a transformation. I felt that I was more Latino than Colombian, and when I became a U.S. citizen, I felt like a citizen of the world with more personal and social responsibilities. My immigration story is like that of many professional immigrants that arrive to the United States without speaking English. I had to work various jobs while taking English classes. I would eventually write (in Spanish) two books about Boston’s history. I worked in Guatemala for two years, between 2010 and 2012. Then in 2014, I moved back to the United States, and obtained my master's degree in International Crime and Justice at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I strongly believe that equal opportunities, education, discipline and hard work are the core elements needed to transform a society wherever you may live."

What do you enjoy most about CUNY Citizenship Now! events?
"Community service is a privilege and I really enjoy being part of the professional team at CUNY Citizenship Now!. I especially like networking at the CUNY Citizenship Now! events."

What keeps you coming back to our events?
"I enjoy helping immigrants who would like to be citizens of the United States because my contribution will make a positive impact in their lives. I like to see the faces and the satisfaction of our participants after I finish my assignments. I keep coming back to CUNY Citizenship Now! events because I keep on learning more and meeting new people."

What is your most memorable moment volunteering with CUNY Citizenship Now!?
"April 26, 2014, when I worked at the call-in event, and we met our goal."

Outside of volunteering what are your favorite hobbies?
"I like practicing sports, writing about social justice and international policy issues, and listening to music. Finally, sharing my free time with family and friends is crucial to me."

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