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N&O story highlights positive impact of immigrants

In case you missed it over the weekend, Raleigh’s News & Observer had an encouraging story in the Sunday edition. This is the summary from the good folks at Uniting NC:

Today’s N&O includes a great story about Uniting NC’s most recent volunteer day.

Last Saturday we continued our series of service events  bringing together immigrants and non-immigrants to give back to their community. And again we had lots of great volunteers looking to lend a hand. This time we had over 30 volunteers from 10 different countries.

We sometimes hear cynics tell us that people are coming to the U.S. looking for handouts. They emphasize costs without considering contributions. But have they ever met the people they’re talking about? Anyone with us on the farm on Saturday would have seen a hard-working group of volunteers giving up their Saturday to pick blueberries; plant sweet potatoes, melons, tomatoes and peppers; weed row after row of new crops; and generally do whatever was needed. And this generosity is by no means limited to a Uniting NC event. Why is that? Because it’s that same hard-working, giving nature that brings immigrants in the first place — to provide for their families and support those who stayed behind.

We’ve had volunteers who were native North Carolinians and ‘Yankee’ transplants; young people who came hear to study and are now successful professionals; and many recent immigrants and refugees who are still struggling to get by. It’s amazing how eager they are to help, particularly those still working hard themselves to reach the American Dream.  For those who think of being helpful and giving as core American attributes, then these volunteers are already as American as can be.

 

One Comment


  1. Jack

    June 17, 2013 at 10:13 am

    As the NCGA foments class warfare among the people it is events such as Uniting NC’s that tells a different story about the people of NC about how we believe in, act and accept one another.

    Immigration reform is a distraction from the societal and therefore life changing issues that are taking place in NC and throughout the country.

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