Influential Organizations Team Up to Highlight Immigrants’ Contributions

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Partnership to Promote 1st Annual Immigrant Heritage Month

SAN FRANCISCO — Influential organizations that support immigrant integration and citizenship are partnering to increase awareness of immigrants’ contributions to America’s culture and economy.

The New Americans Campaign is one of the organizations partnering with Welcome.us to promote the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month this month.

With a network of national partners and service organizations, Immigrant Heritage Month is bringing together corporations, media outlets, nonprofit organizations, celebrities, athletes and faith, civic and political leaders to share the inspirational stories of American immigrants and how they contribute to our economy and culture.

As part of the month-long celebrations, New Americans Campaign partners will be hosting several dozen citizenship workshops at which green card holders can obtain free or low-cost assistance with completing their citizenship applications.

Wednesday, June 4 – Houston, TX
Citizenship Clinic organized by OCA-Greater Houston
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Hope Clinic
7001 Corporate Drive Ste. 120
Houston, TX 77036

Saturday, June 7 – Dallas, TX
Citizenship Clinic organized by Catholic Charities of Dallas
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities of Dallas
9461 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75243

Tuesday, June 10 – Los Angeles, CA

Citizenship Clinic organized by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
1530 James M. Wood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Friday, June 20 – New York, NY
CitizenshipWorks Workshop organized by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, New York Legal Assistance Group, Immigration Advocates Network and CUNY Citizenship Now!
10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Brooklyn Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Saturday, June 28 – Hayward, CA
Citizenship Assistance Workshop organized by East Bay Naturalization Collaborative and 9 other leading immigrant rights organizations
9:00 a.m.
Hayward City Hall
777 B Street, 4th Floor
Hayward, CA 84541

“Citizenship has always been a central part of the immigrant experience in America,” said Eric Cohen, Executive Director of Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the lead organization for the New Americans Campaign. “Raising awareness of the benefits of citizenship is a critically important part of our celebrations this month, and we want to help thousands of legal permanent residents achieve their American Dream and all the opportunities associated with it.”

“The entrepreneurial drive and the spirit of our country is built on our diversity of origins,” said Tolu Olubunmi, Executive Director of Welcome.us. “It is what drew the first people to the U.S. and what continues to drive American business. American success is a result of our many distinct experiences,” she continued. “Our goal is to encourage as many Americans as possible to tell the story of how they first felt welcomed to the American experience.”

Posted on June 2, 2014

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More