The Catalogue for Philanthropy named Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) as one of the 75 best nonprofits in the DC metro area! The Catalogue is in its 15th year of evaluating and recognizing exceptional nonprofits in our area, and receiving the 2-year listing in October is a high honor for CIF.
The Catalogue says, “(they) build opportunities and support structures so that all people, regardless of their circumstances or backgrounds, can lead lives of dignity and independence. At a time when our nation is politically divided, we can – and must – come together around this shared value: nothing is more important than caring for, respecting, and helping each other.”
Monday through Saturday, CIF provides a place for day laborers, many of whom are low-income immigrants, to meet employers and negotiate wages in safety. The Center’s bilingual staff matches skilled workers with the needs of employers, and clarifies the job and work conditions, at no cost to the worker or employer. Workers can upgrade their skills and learn English while they are waiting.
The Catalogue says that the Center empowers workers by involving them in leadership, and makes Centreville “a stronger community for everyone. That’s a cause worth building on.”