OMARgoodness: A Very Active Year


Friday, September 13, 2013

A Very Active Year

It has been an extremely busy year this 2013. Guess that is pretty much self explanatory, but here's just a taste of what I have been occupying my time with.

As some of you may already know, I am an Intern and Instructor with Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) in their Citizenship Program. For the last couple of years I have volunteered my time and talents to promote the FREE services provided to qualifying Lawful Permanent Residents, I also have helped organized Citizenship Fairs where we help applicants fill out their N-400 Naturalization Application (I oversee volunteers in this part of the process). One of the components of the Citizenship Program is the FREE Citizenship Courses that help prepare applicants study for their Interview, this is where I am assigned to as well. In other areas of the Citizenship Fair, we have attorneys that help us review each and every case/application in that one day. They provide our clients with recommendations accordingly. Also provided FREE: study materials, passport photos, copies, fee-waiver, packaging, and follow-up. Next fair is in October 12th, 2013.

I got hired as a Campus Supervisor for the 2012-2013 school year, it wasn't much income but very gratifying. I got to interact with students, teachers, faculty, parents, and other volunteers. What my team and I were in charge of was to make sure all the students were safe on school grounds and on  the share park. I was first to get called to mediate disputes between students, listen to what might bothering them, and providing them with the tools they need to make educated choices and to succeed academically and socially.

By summer, I got the opportunity to fight for workers' right and to help 500 unfairly dismissed concession workers get their jobs back. Pushed major textile industry owners that have their factories overseas to sign the Safety Accord of Bangladesh. Continued canvassing LA and OC communities to educate and find support for a Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a pathway to Citizenship. And lastly, kicked-off the Covered California Campaign in LA and brought it to Orange County.

The work has just begun, this is just but a small taste of the work I'm doing, and there are loads more to do.

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