Fanny Lauby: December 2012

Volunteer with citizenship now

Fanny Lauby Fanny Lauby has been a Volunteer Corps Member since March of 2011:

Q.  Tell us about yourself--do either you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
A.  "I am an international student from France, and I have been going to school in New York for over two years now. My focus in school is political science. I study immigration law in the United States, and particularly those laws which focus on undocumented students and their access to higher education."

Q.  How many times have you volunteered at our events and what makes you keep coming?
A.  "I think I have volunteered about half a dozen times. I just love the energy of the organization! I realize that I was very lucky completing the immigration procedures necessary to come to the United States, and I would like to be able to make it as easy as possible for others as well."

Q.  What is your favorite borough to volunteer at? And why?
A.  "Manhattan. The Manhattan events always have a very diverse group of clients because it is so central, so you can really meet people from all over the world!"

Q. Why do you volunteer with the NYC/CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps?
A.  "I want to be able to help people who are in the same situation as I am but may not have the same resources at their disposal. I also love to share stories with other immigrants about our experience in the United States."

Q.  Has your knowledge of immigration law improved because of the time you have spent volunteering with us? What have you learned?  
"Definitely! Immigration law is very complex, and thanks to my volunteering I have learned more about what is available for immigrants with fewer resources. I have also been fortunate to volunteer for a DACA application event, where I learned more about the options available to young immigrants."

Q.  In what way(s) has volunteering with Citizenship Now! impacted you personally?
A.  "Citizenship Now! has provided me with a deeper perspective of the immigrant experience in the United States. New York is very special because its immigrant population is so diverse, and I think I have grown from my interaction with the other volunteers and our clients."

Q.  What’s one of your most memorable moments as a volunteer with Citizenship Now?
A.  "During my first event, two French ladies who had been living in the United States for over 50 years stopped by to apply for citizenship. They were so excited, they kept calling their kids to tell them about it, and kept describing to them the event, the staff, the clients. I helped them fill out their Participant Registration Forms, and we had a great time chatting."

Q.  What do you enjoy most at our events?
"I just like the unexpectedness of it! You never know who you are going to meet, or where people are going to be from."

Q.  What are you looking forward to at the next event?
"I am looking forward to making a positive difference - even a small one - in someone's life, and making their transition to life in the United States as smooth as possible.i"

Q.  Outside of work and volunteering, tell us about some special hobbies or interests that you have?
"I love to travel, and now that I live in the United States I get to discover more about the country and the continent. I would love to go to South America, but I have to save up for it!"

Q.  What does community mean for you?
A.  "Community means a group of people that you share an interest with, and on whom you can rely for help. Community is the basis for any social endeavor."

Q.  What is your favorite section of the volunteer newsletter and/or volunteer website?
A.  "I like to read about the volunteer of the month. There are so many volunteers and events that you never get to meet everybody. It is interesting to see all the diverse background that people come from, and how they all gather together for this great cause."