In 2011 CMS and the Mercy Volunteer Corps began a partnership in the spirit of mercy and justice by embracing compassionate service,social justice,spirituality and a simple lifestyle in community. In our shared mission to empower undeserved communities we offer volunteers from across the nation the opportunity to gain hands on experience working with migrant communities in issues of labor, housing and immigration. This year our Mercy Volunteer Corps members are Adam Augustyn and Benjamin Petersen. Both volunteers were featured in the Mercy Volunteer Corps blog as they recount experiences which reconcile their Mercy Volunteer Corps principles with their professional and personal lives.
Legal Aid and Immigration Counselor Adam Augustyn was recently featured in a blog post that highlights the personal and professional growth he has experienced as a staff member at CMS Brooklyn. Adam joined the CMS staff in August and he helps clients file for citizenship or deferred action. In his blog post Adam reflects on the mutually beneficial relationship that exists between himself and his clients. He realizes that people who live in the margins of our society can give us comfort even while they are in need.
Linea Laboral Operator Benjamin Petersen was also featured in a Mercy Volunteer Corps blog post that reminds readers of the humanity in each and every one of us. Benjamin works in our Queens office and he provides callers with information on labor rights; he helps clients send formal complaints to the Department of Labor and he gives referrals to other helpful organizations. In his blog post Benjamin recalls a learning experience on the train that reinforced his belief in small generous actions that can welcome the stranger in his midst.
Click here to read more about Benjamin’s experience.
Click here to read about Adam’s experience.
To learn more about the Mercy Volunteer Corps click here.