Each year, many people travel to the
United States with the hopes of building a
better life for themselves and their families.
The move is a major change in life, and
such a transition can be very difficult. Of-
ten, immigrants do not have family in the
U.S., and they cannot simply return home
if the transition is rough. The American
Civic Association (ACA) provides the
support necessary for the transition, so
that immigrating families can more easily
adapt to, and be adopted by, American so-
Reaching out when and where
assistance is needed most
The Merkulov family has benefited from
the hand of the ACA. They arrived from
Russia in May 2001 and settled in the
Binghamton area to be near relatives. After
one year in the U.S., the Merkulov’s
needed to apply for their “green cards”.
The family sought assistance with the pa-
perwork that they had to fill out in order to
obtain permanent residency. For the ad-
justment of status of non-refugee clients,
there is usually a fee of $250 per person. In
this case, however, the fee was waived.
ACA caseworker Karen Monaghan was
happy to help the Merkulov’s obtain per-
manent residency in the U.S., and ACA
was very pleased to help the family that
have chosen to make their home in our
community. The Merkulov family was
grateful for the support and assistance
they have received.
ACA serves our local community
in many ways
The American Civic Association is a
not-for-profit member agency of the
Broome and Tioga Counties United Way.
The organization receives its funding from
the United Way, a variety of grants,
fundraising, as well as ACA service fees.
It is also supported by many volunteers
from the community.
ACA strives to embrace immigrating
families and help create a smooth, mutually
beneficial integration into our community.
Be it searching for adequate
schooling, translation ser-
vices, visa information, pass-
ports, political asylum, or
other forms of assistance,
ACA helps immigrants, and
refugees, as they need it.
ACA, Broome County