Overcast, light rain, 13 °C / 55.4 °F
Held May 4th from 12:30pm-2:30pm at Independence Event Center.
The Festival Informativo is a family oriented event catered specifically to Spanish-speaking Latino families in the Independence area. It is an opportunity to provide Latino families with an overview of key services available to them in this and surrounding areas. The event on May 4th, 2014 had over 200 community members in attendance, as well as city officials, staff, service providers, and community leaders. Families were welcomed with food and entertainment.
The event was in Spanish, and kicked off with a warm welcome from city staff (represented by Shawn Irvine, Economic Development Director) who expressed the City’s commitment to serve and maintain consistent communication with Latino families in Independence. In addition, Shawn communicated the city’s desire to hire more diverse and multilingual staff in all areas of operation encouraging those in attendance to apply for upcoming jobs. The Mayor, also expressed his gratitude to those who were in attendance and his desire to continue collaborating with and improving services for Latino families in Independence.
The Community Liaison introduced a video that the City of Independence coordinated. This video was about 30 minutes long and it featured several service providers who briefly explained their services and provided contact information for the families. WIMPEG and MINET donated a generous amount of professional time and PSA air time for the production of this video and the promotion of the event itself. The City thanks both MINET and WIMPEG for their support. View it here:
Families received a Spanish resource directory with details about local services available to them and contact information. This resource directory was produced by the Community Liaison at the City of Independence and the printing was donated by Mid-Valley Parenting. (Download electronic version from our Community Resources page).
The second half of the event was an opportunity for community members to interact with the organization representatives at their booths. There were over 20 booths at the event, featuring:
Volunteer participation was a key component in the success of this event. Students from the CHS Multicultural Club, the WOU Multicultural Student Union, the WOU Mecha Club, and community members contributed over 85+ hours of community service in a period of about three weeks doing:
(announcements at church; passing out flyers outside of church, outside of grocery stores and other businesses; door knocking at various apartment complexes; putting up posters; visiting different classes to spread the word; etc.)
Event logistics (making decorations for the event, setting up tables, chairs, the Latino Roots exhibit, helping out during the event, and sticking around for clean up)
and face painting.
The volunteers were officially recognized at the May city council meeting and presented with good neighbor awards from the Mayor for their wonderful contributions.
Awards presented to:
Janie Ramirez - CHS Multucultural Club
Daisy Chavez – CHS Multucultural Club
Karina Lopez- CHS Multucultural Club
Efren Cisneros – CHS Multicultural Club
Andrea Tamayo – CHS Multicultural Club
Paula Tamayo - CHS Multucultural Club
Veronica Lopez Lomeli – WOU MECHA
Sofia Llamas - WOU MECHA
Marina Alvarez – WOU Multicultural Student Union
Berenice Vargas – WOU Multicultural Student Union
Laura Miranda- WOU Multicultural Student Union
Yadira Perez - WOU Multicultural Student Union
Jacqueleen Ruiz - Hoover Elementary
Orlando Baltazar – Community Member