This week we are highlighting one of the 2,000 volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to “offer the warmth of the love of Christ” to those in need.
Hogar Immigrant Services’ goal is to help immigrants to become self-sufficient and productive members of American society through bilingual outreach programs, including a continuum of networking, immigration legal services, citizenship classes, and English as a Second Language classes. Learn more about Hogar here.
Frank’s motto is “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men since you know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” (Colossians 3:23-24).
In October 2014, Frank Pallone began volunteering with Catholic Charities, Hogar Immigrant Services as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher. By January 2015, he began to teach Citizenship classes as well. As his interest in the Hogar Citizenship Program grew, Frank began taking on more classes and volunteered to tutor students one-on-one as their naturalization interview dates approached.
Students who have worked with Frank ahead of their naturalization interviews have had a remarkable pass rate, and have all been very grateful for Frank’s guidance and motivation while they prepared for their interviews.
Over the last year, Frank has taken eight citizenship students under his wings for tutoring in addition to teaching multiple classes every semester and volunteering to substitute teach numerous times every week. It is not uncommon for Frank to be at the Hogar office every day during the week, sometimes even coming twice a day in addition to helping out on Saturdays. By the end of August, Frank will have already donated over 300 hours of volunteer time in 2016 alone to Hogar Immigrant Services! His commitment and hard work did not go unnoticed.
Earlier this year, through Volunteer Fairfax and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Frank received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts through Hogar. Frank received a certificate, medal, and a letter from President Obama as part of his award.
Frank has been married for 46 years, and worked full-time from 1963 until 2013. He has one adopted son, and is the proud “grandfather” of two grand pups.
Frank is appreciated for his dry wit and helpful presence around the office by staff and volunteers alike. Hogar Immigrant Services is proud to have Frank as a volunteer and congratulates him on receiving the President’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Interested in volunteering to teach ESOL, Citizenship, or Workforce Development classes at Hogar? Call 571-208-1572 x 103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.