New citizens celebrate

Posted on July 7, 2024 by Sonoma Sun

Sonoma Immigrant Services hosted its annual Citizenship Celebration, a free community event to honor new U.S. citizens.

Founders Vicki Handron and Alondra Marroquín describe SIS as “a small but mighty” nonprofit; since 2019 it has assisted almost 300 community members become naturalized U.S. citizens. Many of these new citizens gathered on June 22 at the new El Verano School auditorium to celebrate with SIS staff, volunteer teachers in the SIS Citizenship Education program, and families. 

The crowd enjoyed Roar DJ Entertainment ‘s lively music, watched dancers from Grupo Folklórico Quetzalén perform traditional Mexican dances, and devoured delicious tacos by Tacos Costa. Guided by ArtEscape instructors, children made corn husk dolls, and Manos Mexicas offered demos of prehispanic instruments and artisan crafts. The event was sponsored by Supervisor Gorin’s District One office and the Community Foundation of Sonoma County.  

Voter registration assistance was a highlight of the many community resources offered. Information booths included Sonoma County Registrar of Voters, Aliados Health, Sonoma Valley Democrats, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Map Your Neighborhood, and California Rural Legal Aid. 

Sonoma Immigrant Services, located at 18360 Sonoma Highway in Boyes Hot Springs, is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through accessible education, advocacy, and immigration and other legal services. SIS is the Valley’s only legal services provider representing people in immigration matters.

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