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Help for Haiti: Fundraising, Protective Status Applications, Volunteer Opportunities

January 27, 2010 | Posts

LaGuardia Community College is deep into a fundraising drive, with proceeds to be evenly split between Yéle Haiti, a foundation founded by musical star Wyclef Jean, which has an ongoing operation in his native Haiti, and the Haitian-American Christian Consortium of Brooklyn, which runs an orphanage in Port-au-Prince. Wyclef Jean visited LaGuardia last year to accept $2,000 in donations for the foundation. For a 2-minute video about the drive, see the CUNY Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2Z0FDKt_fE

Medgar Evers College will host hands-on help for immigrants who are seeking Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on Saturday, January 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Bedford Building (1650 Bedford Avenue, between Montgomery and Crown Streets). Doors will close at 4:00 p.m. TPS will allow illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States for 18 months. After the earthquake, President Obama offered this special status to at least 100,000 Haitian immigrants and some 30,000 Haitians who had been ordered deported. The event is open to the public. For more information about filing for TPS filing or the January 30 event, please call 212-568-4679, or go to www.cuny.edu/citizenshipnow .

The event is sponsored by the CUNY Citizenship Now Program, the CUNY School for Professional Studies, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Legal Aid Society, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, and Medgar Evers College, CUNY. Last week, the CUNY Citizenship Now Program and the CUNY School of Professional Studies hosted Web-based training for some 700 volunteers who will be at the Medgar Evers and other events.

The City College is holding a Hope for Haiti event 12 noon – 2 p.m. Thursday, January 28, in the rotunda of the North Academic Center.  CCNY students will staff tables to discuss fundraising efforts, volunteer opportunities, and information sharing.

The Wellness and Counseling Center is offering group counseling sessions to students impacted by the Haitian earthquake beginning Tuesday, February 2, and every Tuesday for as long as necessary.  Sessions run from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., and are held in Room 1/217A of the North Academic Center.  All are welcome; please call 212-650-8222 to indicate your interest.