Naturalize Charlotte was co-founded by twin brothers Foster and William Harris with the mission of increasing naturalizations in the greater Charlotte area by connecting residents with citizenship information, resources, & assistance. The Naturalize Charlotte Group consists of ten nonprofit and government organizations who meet regularly to coordinate naturalization assistance efforts. The Naturalize Charlotte website provides a central hub of information and connects those seeking to be naturalized as United States Citizens to resources from the organizations in the Naturalize Charlotte Group. The Naturalize Charlotte Group and the Naturalize Charlotte website both serve as unifying forces in the community by establishing coordination among nonprofits and connecting volunteers and clients to organizations.
The Naturalize Charlotte website’s development was supported by all member organizations of the Naturalize Charlotte Group. Member organizations include Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency, International House, Latin American Coalition, Refugee Support Services, Southeast Asian Coalition, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the YMCA.
The Naturalize Charlotte website would not have been possible without the partner organizations that sponsored Foster and William Harris in proposing, developing, testing, and launching the Naturalize Charlotte website. Sponsoring organizations include the City of Charlotte, Charlotte Country Day School, and SHARE Charlotte.
THE STORY BEHIND THE SITE
From the Naturalize Charlotte blog: read the story of how Foster and William Harris got involved to create Naturalize Charlotte to address naturalization-focused needs in Charlotte's international community after learning about the naturalization process from their Spanish teacher.