Volunteer Spotlight: Raunaq

Posted by on August 22, 2013.


Name: Raunaq Singh

Current City: New York City, New York

What inspired you to get involved with FWD.us?

My parents were first generation immigrants to this country and came here with $500. They raised me to work hard and be hungry for everything. I hope that the work we do continues to allow other kids to live in a country where they can work hard and stay hungry.

What team are you volunteering on and why?

Content team [Editor's Note: FWD.us volunteer content teams collect immigration stories and develop compelling information in favor of immigration reform]. 

I used to write all the time, since my freshman year in high school, but I never really thought much about storytelling until I read this story on Quora where Steve Jobs told his team, "The most powerful person in the world is the story teller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come."

From that story, I started thinking a lot about the way you learn things as well as absorb information and I figured that the Content team would be the best way to figure out how to start telling immigration stories.

What has been your most memorable moment so far in organizing for immigration reform?

When we held the first content team meetup and there were four of us sitting around the table and I was hearing about how much people had sacrificed to live and work here. One guy travels back and forth between France and America just so he can build his company out here. In contrast, my sacrifice for my commute to work is spending slightly less time at Taco Bell.

Favorite Quote: "I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." - Oscar Wilde

Favorite Food: Endless amounts of avocado 


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