Citizenship Program

Instructors & Volunteers


Orion Anderson has been teaching English to adults for over 15 years. He holds a BA in English Language/Letters from Ithaca College and an ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults from the University of Cambridge. Passionately interested in other people and cultures, he has taught in New York and Japan, and has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. He currently lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Neil Giannelli has channeled his love of American History into his vocation, first teaching at the high school level for 30 years and now helping adults prepare for their American Citizenship exam. A native of New York City, he has a Master’s Degree from New York University and has also attended CW Post and Polytechnic University.

Eva Khatana has been teaching ESL to students of all levels and ages for over 33 years. Ms. Khatana is an avid volunteer with New York Cares participating in many diverse projects over the past several years.


Volunteers are an essential part of our Education Program. They are high skilled and committed, providing one-on-one and small group tutoring to help promote new citizens-to-be social and civic integration.


Our volunteers are recruited from through NY Cares, universities, colleges, and the local community. They have different backgrounds in ESL, law, philanthropy, community work, education, advocacy, technology, and immigration.

To get more information about how to get involved, please contact Liz Baber at


2018 Volunteer Appreciation Event

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2017 Volunteer Appreciation Event

2016 Volunteer Appreciation Event

See photo album here.