Karibu, which means "welcome" in Swahili, is CVOEO's annual community-centered cultural event celebrating the growing diversity of the Burlington area through fashion and performance. All are invited to join this critical fundraising event that supports CVOEO’s Asylum Seekers Assistance Program, while also offering a moment of recognition and celebration of the culture and talent in Vermont’s New American Community!

All funds raised directly support the CVOEO Asylum Seekers Assistance Program. This program provides asylees with emergency funds to purchase essential personal items or address an unanticipated financial crisis. These funds are especially critical while asylum seekers’ applications are being processed, as they are not allowed to work during this time and cannot access government-funded services and supports.

Karibu Call for Sponsorship

Each year, organizations are invited to sponsor the Karibu Cultural Celebration. Stay tuned for our online campaign to securely submit organization information and payment for the 2024 Karibu Cultural Celebration.

Past Karibu events






New Hope Award

Each year, the Crystal Family New Hope Award presentation ceremony takes place during the Karibu Cultural Celebration. 

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