Saturday September 1, 2012

The Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) provides services that make a difference every day in the lives of the immigrant community, and by extension, the community as a whole. The Center assists newcomers in becoming naturalized U.S. citizens, attaining an education, obtaining employment authorization and being reunited with family members. On Aug. 19, for example, a well-attended and informative workshop was held in support of those young people eligible to apply for the "Deferred Action" immigration policy related to the Dream Act.

I am proud of the work the center does and they are grateful to be doing this work in a community where they are so generously supported. Evi dence of this support was amply demonstrated at the fundraiser held on Aug. 6 at the home of Mary Spina. I cannot thank everyone who attended enough for their generosity. A special event we hope many will attend is the upcoming "Swearing In" ceremony being held on Sept. 8, where approximately 20 people will become U.S. citizens. This year BIC is privileged to co-sponsor this ceremony at the Norman Rock well Mus eum, fittingly in the room that houses the "Four Freedoms." This ceremony is open to the public.

On behalf of the Berkshire Immigrant Center, the community they serve and their Advisory Board, I want to thank the members of our Berkshire community for their continuing support.

LORETTA SCHEEL

Lenox

The writer is chairperson of the Berkshire Immigrant Center Advisory Board.