“One Community. One World.” This vision was more than just a slogan at the annual Centreville Immigration Forum dinner on April 13, showcasing the talent and cultural diversity of our region.
A Parade of Flags ceremony representing some of the many nationalities resident in northern Virginia opened the evening, complemented by a demonstration of indigenous weaving and embroidery.
The 9th annual fundraising event supports the work of CIF, a nonprofit organization that matches local homeowners needing day laborers with immigrants seeking work. In 2018, CIF arranged more than 2,500 jobs.
CIF also assists with negotiating pay and work arrangements for day laborers and provides ongoing vocational skills and English language training.
A large contingent of local elected officials turned out to hear CIF President Hubert Graves highlight the importance of weaving together all of our talents, cultures and skills to create a stronger community.
They included state Sens. Dave Marsden (D-37) and Jennifer Boysko, (D- 33); state Del. Karrie Delaney (D- 67); Fairfax County Sups. Jeff McKay (D-Lee ) and Kathy Smith (D- Sully); and Fairfax County School Board Members Karen Keys-Gamarra (at-large), Ilryong Moon, (at-large), and Dalia Palchik (Providence District).
Photo: A parade of flags symbolizing the rich cultural diversity of our region opened the festivities at the 9th annual Centreville Immigration Forum fundraising dinner/ Photo by Liz Walker