Volunteers for Citizenship

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ”Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

As Americans across the country answer that call in January and, specifically, on today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the New Americans Campaign is taking this time to celebrate its volunteers who make an impact on the lives of legal permanent residents (LPRs) nationwide all year long.

From helping at citizenship workshops to conducting office work with our partner organizations, NAC volunteers play an integral role in the success of the campaign by donating their time and talent in a variety of ways.

There are several areas of volunteer opportunities for individuals with specific experience and training, including immigration attorneys or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) representatives, as well as attorneys with experience outside of immigration. Volunteers assist with paperwork and application completion and answer important legal questions.

Event support volunteers also comprise a large portion of the NAC volunteer force. These individuals support citizenship workshops, helping LPRs register and check in and supporting the overall operation.

Many of these volunteers have their own citizenship story that has inspired their decision to volunteer with the NAC. And, while volunteer roles may differ among the NAC sites, one thing is universal: We value these individuals and their importance to our work.

The NAC ensures the quality of service to our LPR clients by equipping volunteers with the necessary training and tools to make them successful in their individual roles.

As King said, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Many thanks to our volunteers who support millions of LPRs on their path toward citizenship and help them achieve their American dream.

Posted on January 19, 2015

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.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

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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

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