Sonia Mills: February 2014
Sonia Mills: Volunteer Corps Member
Q. Tell us about yourself--do either you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
A. "My family and I came from the beautiful island of Grenada. Just like every other immigrant, we came to pursue the American dream, secure a better future, and join what was already a flourishing country of immigrants. I must confess it was not an easy task. Nevertheless, through dedication and perseverance my mom was able to sponsor my siblings and I. In the meantime, I was able to obtain my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle. Eventually we were able to make the transition from green card holders to U.S. citizens."
Q. How many times have you volunteered at our events? And what makes you keep coming back?
A. "I have volunteered numerous times that I have lost count. I even assist participants at every station assigned at events. I keep coming back because of my commitment, dedication, and interest I have in helping to develop the immigrant population. Ultimately, it will show others that i am passionate in what I do and maybe it will inspire them to become a volunteer as well."
Q. What’s one of your most memorable moments as a volunteer with Citizenship Now? And why?
A. "The most memorable moments are at the call-in events, because hearing some of the stories of people from all over the country calling about their immigration status is overwhelming."
Q. Why do you volunteer with the NYC/CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps?
A. "I volunteer with Citizenship Now! because of its good reputation and dedication to providing free, high quality, and confidential legal services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S citizenship. Volunteering with Citizenship Now! offers me an incredible networking opportunity to not only develop lasting personal and professional relationships with fellow volunteers, Citizenship Now staffs but to also meet many of New York's influential public officials who co-sponsor the events. It is a great way to learn about people from all walks of life with different backgrounds, and industries."
Q. What are you looking forward to at the next event?
A. "I am looking forward to continue to express my sense of achievement and motivation which is generated from my desire and enthusiasm to help as many participants as possible."
Q. What is your favorite borough to volunteer at? And why?
A. "Brooklyn. I really enjoy going to the different boroughs, however, I must choose Brooklyn, because of the diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Brooklyn is also the borough that I have lived in since I arrive to the United States."
Q. In what way(s) has volunteering with Citizenship Now! impacted you personally?
A. "Volunteering with Citizenship Now! has impacted me in many different ways. For example, I am able to learn and develop a new skill, be part of a community helping others and have an impact on people’s well-being which has given me a great sense of achievement."
Q. Outside of work and volunteering, tell us about some special hobbies or interests that you have?
A. "I love reading, listening to music, cooking and traveling."
Q. Has your knowledge of immigration law improved because of the time you have spent volunteering with us? What have you learned?
A. "Although, I had some knowledge, it has improved tremendously, especially by attending the application assistant training and call-In event. I have learned more about naturalization, the different forms used for immigration processes and the updates or revised laws about immigration."
Q. What is your favorite section of the volunteer newsletter “Citizenship Now! Monthly” and/or volunteer website?
A. "I enjoy reading the poll questions and volunteer stories about their journeys in becoming U.S Citizens."