The Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) is a community volunteer group in Centreville, Virginia. The Forum discusses immigration and diversity in the Centreville area, and works to build strong community through bringing neighbors together. Participants in the Forum support a variety of services for immigrants, including English instruction. The Forum aims to improve the health and safety of all residents in the Centreville area. The Forum opened the Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC), a worker center in 2011.
The CIF began in the fall of 2007 as a project of the Outreach Committee of Wellspring United Church of Christ. This group began a series of open community dialogues to discuss the effects of immigration in Centreville.
By the spring of 2009, Forum participants were primarily from local faith communities and organizations with outreach to local immigrants; this included groups that offer ESL instruction and other assistance to low-income immigrants. For these groups, the Forum provided a way to learn about issues and to avoid overlapping services. Participants grew to include many area residents, including both business leaders and members of the day laborer community. In 2010, the Forum accepted a challenge from local business and political leaders to provide management for an organized worker center. The Centreville Labor Resource Center is the result of this challenge.
Goals of the Centreville Immigration Forum include: Building strong community, improving the health and safety of the Centreville area. Providing immigrants with tools to improve their own lives. Improving communication and cooperation among all groups serving low-income immigrants. Building community recognition of the strength in Centerville’s diversity.