As a former publisher and newspaper person, nothing makes me happier than to congratulate the Queens Tribune on its 47th anniversary! This Queens institution has earned its stellar reputation for providing quality local news. The Tribune represents the best of our American community press.
As the secretary of the state for New York, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all New Yorkers for their continued support to the immigrant community. We have seen countless examples over the past few months of the unity that New Yorkers feel, whether at rallies or through messages directed at their representatives.
A better New York stems from this beautiful spirit of embracing our neighbors and friends and knowing that we live in a diverse state at an important time. We are working together to achieve a greater understanding of all religions, cultures, and we are sharing the narratives of inclusion, which allows us to build a stronger state.
This message resonates with us at the Department of State and specifically in our Office for New Americans. Our mission is to help new Americans integrate New York life seamlessly. And we invite you to this collaboration. Are you interested in doing more? Consider becoming a volunteer at any of the 27 offices around the state to help new comers know their rights, pass the civic exam needed to naturalize and start building their businesses.
We need your presence in Queens, known as “the world’s borough.” With nearly half of all residents born abroad and over 135 languages commonly spoken, this borough represents the future. Our centers are experiencing increased demand and volunteering your legal, language, and administrative skills can have a real positive impact. Please head over to the four wonderful opportunity centers that stand out in Queens.
New York, with the Statue of Liberty standing tall on our harbor, represents the right place to show the world that we care and we are active about providing services to our various communities. Let’s give back to this great state and become a volunteer to help others seamlessly integrate and prosper in New York State. As the New York theme goes: Excelsior Ever Upward. We are always looking for your active engagement.
As a volunteer, you play an integral part in fulfilling our mission. By donating your time and skills, you will be making a real difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.
Volunteers can get involved in direct service or administrative assistance. There are many ways to show your support depending on your interests, skills, and availability. While administrative and general help is the volunteer skill most needed, our centers are also looking for:
• ESL classes
• Pro-bono legal help
• Teaching civics
• Organizing community events
• Help fill-out citizenship paper work
• Staffing citizenship drives
The Office for New Americans Centers are located near you. Please visit www.newamericans.ny.gov to access the center closest to you.
You can also call the Office for New Americans hotline at 1800-566-7636.
Thank you to the Queens Tribune for this special issue highlighting the various state resources available to immigrants.
Every day, I wake up proud to know New Yorkers have always rallied to the cry of empathy. Thank you for what you have done so far in supporting immigrants and new Americans! We are all in this, together.
Secretary Rossana Rosado