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Volunteering to Help Aspiring Citizens Become New Americans

My journey as a social advocate began as a child, when my family left Cuba after the revolution. Like many exiles at that time, we wound up in South Florida, specifically, the rural town of Belle Glade. My American father was a sugar engineer in Cuba and transitioned easily into the industry in the United […]

September 14, 2017

How Volunteering Taught Me the Struggles Many Immigrants Face in America and Why It Matters

As a former educator, I spent many years working as a teacher, professor, principal and district superintendent. So it was second nature for me to continue teaching even after retiring from the field. It was through teaching ESL classes to low-income patients at a medical clinic in Chicago that I got a firsthand look at […]

September 14, 2017

Watch Hispanic Unity’s highlight video from the Miami NAC Mega Workshop

Earlier this year, the Miami NAC hosted a mega citizenship workshop day and Hispanic Unity of Florida shared this fantastic video. Check it out to see some familiar faces from North Carolina, Atlanta, Miami and San Francisco assisting clients!

September 1, 2017

José Andrés, world-renowned chef, shares his naturalization story (Video)

This month, the New Americans Campaign joined the Carnegie Corporation as for its annual Great Immigrants, Great Americans campaign. The campaign recognizes immigrants who became naturalized citizens and are making tremendous contributions to the United States. As part of the campaign, Carnegie has released a special video from José Andrés, an internationally recognized chef from […]

July 26, 2017

Applying for Citizenship: I Should Have Done It Sooner

I’ve always thought of myself as hardworking. Every time I do something, I try to do it the best I possibly can – including being a mother to my three beautiful children. But as a single mother living in Lima, Peru, providing food, clothes and opportunities for my kids to learn and grow was a […]

July 10, 2017

How an Afternoon of Volunteering Helped Me Find My Passion Project

It all started about four years ago with my friend Prasanna Vengadam the founder of South Asian American Voices For Impact Michigan (SAAVI-MI) asking me to help at a workshop she was involved in. I jumped at the chance to help immigrants in my community. At the workshop I found great fulfillment doing my part […]

July 5, 2017

By Teaming to Help Immigrants Become Citizens, Grant Makers Can Reject Today’s Vitriol

Six years ago, five grant makers came together to form the New Americans Campaign because they believe immigrants can and do make profound contributions to our communities and our economy. We knew that helping green-card holders — legal residents — is a hallmark of the United States and continues to strengthen our nation. Since we began […]

June 28, 2017

My citizenship is forever: Feeling fully American after 44 years

At the end of 2016, my wife of 43 years, Amalia and I both took the final step of becoming Americans – the citizenship oath. For me, it had been 44 years in the making. Standing with Amalia and all the other new Americans that day, I felt like a different person with more liberty […]

June 23, 2017 / My citizenship is forever: Feeling fully American after 44 years

Why I Became a Citizen at 79

In March 2008, my life took a big turn when I moved to the United States from the Philippines. I was full of hope as I stepped off the plane in Los Angeles. The warm air reminded me of home, but that familiarity quickly disappeared as I found myself in America’s second biggest city. In […]

March 24, 2017

Partners Spotlight on Social Media

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March 23, 2017