The Centreville Immigration Forum is not just about connecting people for work. It is also about skills and language training, cultural activities, developing leadership skills and protecting immigrant workers from wage theft. I have been a volunteer with CIF for a few
Mission: The mission of the Centreville Immigration Forum is to implement sustainable programs that:
Provide immigrants in need with the means to improve their lives and become more integrated into the community;
Improve communication and cooperation among all groups serving immigrants; and
Build community recognition of our strength in diversity.
Programs: Employment services: the Centreville Labor Resource Center benefits about 500 temporary workers and 600 employers of temporary labor, providing a space for temporary workers to meet employers, with a staff person to witness, translate, and record the agreement.
Language classes: while waiting for work each day, temporary workers can attend ESOL classes led by volunteers.
Trade skill classes: temporary workers can learn new job skills, and improve they ones they have, with volunteer and professional instructors.
Wage theft assistance: Workers who obtain jobs on their own are often not paid as promised. CIF staff and volunteers assist them in approaching employers to get their pay, or filing in Small Claims Court when needed.
Grupo Cultural: celebrates the Mayan heritage of almost 90% of the workers who use the Labor Resource Center, through traditional dance, marimba music and dramatic presentations.
The Centreville Immigration Forum is not just about connecting people for work. It is also about skills and language training, cultural activities, developing leadership skills and protecting immigrant workers from wage theft. I have been a volunteer with CIF for a few months now and see that the organization really cares about the people they work with.
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This is a wonderful nonprofit that helps the immigrant and low income community. It is a unified place with a sense of community and inclusion. Happy to have been introduced to CIF and the Centreville Labor Resource Center.
I began to volunteer with the Centreville Immigration Forum soon after it's inception in 2010. Once CIF opened the Centreville Labor Resource Center, a day labor site, I've been involved with the coordination of the English classes.
The Center is a special place which offers many classes in addition to the English classes-woodworking, electrical wiring, house cleaning, etc. Other than the job help and classes, CLRC provides a "community" where persons of many backgrounds can gather, interact, and learn about each others' cultures. When there is a serious illness or tragedy, the "community" supports those persons or their families. This organization is certainly an asset to Centreville.