Citizenship MD's monthly Citizenship Clinics are possible with the help of dedicated community volunteers like you!
Interested volunteers should read the volunteer description below, and contact Molly Gavin at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP their attendance for upcoming dates and locations.
Each month, CASA hosts one or more Citizenship clinics to help Lawful Permanent Residents (or "Green-Card holders") apply to become U.S. Citizens. Citizenship grants these long-time immigrants with a number of benefits, such as: the right to vote, greater ease in returning from travel abroad, opportunities to unite their families, better employment and scholarship opportunities, and safety from deportation. These clinics are held at a variety of locations, and provide our members who work during the week an opportunity to access our citizenship services on the weekend.
All volunteers are required to attend a training the day of the clinic. You will be helping an immigrant to complete the 21-page application for U.S. Citizenship, so it is mandatory that everyone attend the pre-clinic training. Each volunteer may complete 1 or 2 applications in a day. Any volunteer is welcome to attend just once, or you may want to return month after month. You must RSVP with the program coordinator before the event (contact information above).
We will provide coffee and lunch for volunteers on the day of the clinic.
Our Hyattsville clinics are generally held on Saturdays at CASA de Maryland’s Multicultural Center. These clinics open to the public at 10:00am, and the mandatory volunteer training begins at 9:00am. Please expect to be at CASA from 9:00am-2:00pm or later.
Our Baltimore clinics are generally held on Sundays at CASA's Baltimore Center. These clinics open to the public at 1:00pm, and the mandatory volunteer training begins at 12:00 noon. Please expect to be at CASA, Baltimore, from 12:00pm-4:00pm or later.
1. Volunteers must be 18 years old, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.
2. Volunteers must be fluent in English. *Fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, is helpful, though not required.
3. Good handwriting. *These applications are completed by hand - if you do not have legible handwriting, we can still use your help with other tasks that day. Please let the Program Coordinator know you are interested in other tasks.
*This is an excellent opportunity for paralegals and students of law who would like to gain experience with immigration forms. Please remember that only barred attorneys experienced in immigration matters will be giving legal advice at these events.
About Citizenship MD:
CASA has an AmeriCorps-funded, “one-stop” citizenship program called Citizenship Maryland, which offers low-cost services to help Lawful Permanent Residents naturalize to U.S. citizenship. We prepare the N-400 form, provide citizenship classes, and offer a microloan program for those applicants who cannot afford USCIS fees and do not qualify for the I-912 (fee waiver). Our team of 13 AmeriCorps volunteers, together with dozens of community volunteers (that’s you!), helps more than 1,000 people on the path to U.S. Citizenship every year through this program.