Cincinnati Compass Newsletter | July 2024

Newsletter | July 10, 2024

We hope everyone enjoyed time with friends and family during Independence Day celebrations and the long weekend. Independence Day is a reminder of the ongoing journey to independence and the importance of civic engagement in shaping a just and prosperous society. For immigrants and refugees, this journey mirrors their own pursuit of independence and self-sufficiency in a new homeland.

The path to independence for immigrants often begins with the pursuit of opportunities and the dream of a better life. Navigating a new country involves overcoming numerous challenges, from language barriers to unfamiliar cultural landscapes. Yet, it is through this process that immigrants contribute richly to the tapestry of our nation, bringing diversity, innovation, and a resilient spirit.

Community-based organizations (CBOs) play an indispensable role in this journey. These organizations provide essential support services and often serve as the first point of contact and advocate, as people navigate services and opportunities. By offering resources and fostering a sense of belonging, CBOs empower immigrants to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities. These organizations serve as vital lifelines, helping newcomers transition smoothly into their new environment.

Civic engagement is at the heart of a thriving democracy. For immigrants and refugees, participating in civic activities – and enhancing opportunities for more community participation and leadership – strengthens their ties to the community and ensures their voices are heard. Community-led initiatives are particularly powerful, as they harness the collective energy and ideas of local residents to address pressing issues and drive positive change. It is for these reasons that we launched CARE-Cincinnati (Civic Action for Refugee Empowerment) and the Cincinnati Compass Community Council in 2019. CARE-Cincinnati and the Council strive to broaden the bench of representation of immigrant and refugee community members in decision making entities and to strengthen the capacity of immigrant and refugee-led community-based organizations to not only serve their communities, but to enhance the overall vibrancy of the region. The Council now consists of more than 25 country and ethnic community-based organizations serving communities across the region in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

Let’s honor the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the pivotal role of civic engagement in achieving self-sufficiency. By supporting and engaging with community-based organizations, we uphold the values of inclusion, participation, and mutual support that are the bedrock of our democracy. Together, we can build a more inclusive and vibrant society where everyone can thrive.

Bryan Wright


Executive Director

Cincinnati Compass



We are happy to announce that our partners at the Hamilton County Educational Service Center are ready to hire four multilingual Career Navigator positions:

The jobs will be based at Princeton City Schools but will serve people across the region. Please note that there is one specific Bilingual Career Navigator position, but the goal is to have all positions filled by multilingual staff. Please share widely, as this could be a great resource for job seekers across the region. These navigators will have support from many organizations to ensure families secure quality employment and other support services. Languages include French, Spanish, and Nepali.


Upcoming Events


AfriFest Cincy: Taste of Africa

July 20, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Sawyer Point Park

AfriFest Cincy: Taste of Africa celebrates African cultures in the local community, builds awareness, and connects people. Our guests come together to celebrate unity in diversity. AfriFest is the largest African cultural event in the city. This family-friendly gathering occurs annually in the summer to celebrate Africa through cultural awareness, enhancing the community’s knowledge of the African cultures represented locally, and connecting individuals to resources in the community. AfriFest is a free event showcasing African Arts/cultures, food, entertainment, fashion show, games, and other fun activities.


Cincinnati Rhythm

September 13, 2024 | 6 - 10 p.m. | Cincinnati Museum Center

Come celebrate New Americans who contribute to a strong regional economy and a diverse, vibrant community as we kick off regional celebrations of National Welcoming Week that runs from September 13th - 22nd.
The event will be held September 13th, 6 to 10 p.m. at Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave, Union Terminal, Cincinnati, OH 45203. Local food with international flavor from members of Findlay Kitchen, entertainment, and drinks will be provided. Tickets are $30 in advance or at the door. We look forward to celebrating with you!


3rd International Annual Soccer Festival of Cincinnati (I.A.S.F.C.)

Dunham Recreation Park Soccer Fields | July 13-14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


7th Annual Cincinnati Festival of Faiths

Cintas Center | August 25, Noon - 5 p.m.


4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival and Expo

Fairfield Lane Library | September 7, 3 - 9 p.m.


The Illustrated Memoir Project

Contemporary Arts Center | September 11 - November 10