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October 15, 2013

Hispanic/Latino Awareness Fair planned

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“This year we have 36 agencies,” Nasser said. “We have a lot of new ones and special presentations from the governor’s office and secretary of state’s office.

“We have been trying to reach everyone,” she said of the efforts to organize this year’s fair. “This has been a very interesting year and a lot of work went into it. We’re very, very excited.”

According to Nasser, the “hot topics” at this year’s event that will attract the most people are TVDLs or Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses and the Affordable Care Act.

“The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency is going to provide information about the health care act,” Nasser said.

Other new agencies and organizations featured at this year’s fair will include the Girl Scouts; Citizens Utility Board, a watchdog group that provides information on how to save money on utilities and telephone bills; Vermilion Advantage; and Danville employers, Watchfire, Sygma and AutoZone.

“They are going to have information and job applications,” Nasser said of the local employers. “The Citizens Utility Board will be giving away light bulbs.”

The 36 or so organizations that will participate at this year’s fair include the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Transportation, Boys and Girls Club, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Child Care Resource Services, City of Danville, Danville Family YMCA, Danville Soccer Association, University of Illinois Extension and its 4-H program, City of Danville, CRIS Healthy Aging Center, Eastern Illinois University and various DACC departments and programs, such as financial aid, TRIO, English as a Second Language, career services, citizenship program and the VITA program that helps individuals with tax preparation.

“We have agencies coming back this year, too,” Nasser said.

A returning participant at this year’s fair will be Patty Juarez, the Hispanic family liaison at District 118’s family resource center in the basement of the Jackson Building.

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