Nadia Gay is the mother of Project Citizenship’s board member, Bianca Gay. She works for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She volunteered at Citizenship Day in Boston 2016 as a Haitian-Creole interpreter. About volunteering, she says, “What I do for Project Citizenship, I do because I am passionate about the cause, I don’t do it to be rewarded. Seeing the joy in the faces of the applicants and the reason why they want to become a citizen, are my reward.”
Joel Lehrer is a partner at Goodwin who volunteers with Project Citizenship as a pro bono attorney. He told us about his volunteering experience, saying, “I decided to participate in Citizenship Day after hearing from my colleagues about how just a few hours’ time can make a huge difference in the lives of those looking to become citizens. I often think about what it must have been like for my grandparents to arrive in this country, and what a struggle it must have been to fully integrate themselves into the fabric of American life. All I was looking to do was make the process easier and provide some encouragement along the way. Instead, it was those seeking citizenship that encouraged me and renewed my faith in people. The energy and excitement that Project Citizenship brought to the event was infectious, and I can’t wait to volunteer again.”
Abe is an undergraduate student at Boston College with an interest in immigration policy. He volunteer most recently at Citizenship Day in Boston 2016. He told us, “I volunteer with Project Citizenship because I love living in the US, and I know it should be a lot easier for people to have a life here if they want it. Legal stuff is usually long and complicated, and if we can help make the process to citizenship easier we should.”
Meet more of our former volunteers in the archives!