Nominations open for award that honors members of New American community

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Nominations are open for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s New Hope Award, which honors individuals in Vermont’s New American community.

Each year, CVOEO honors two New Americans who have created an impact in their Vermont communities. It started in 2017. Winners receive a $1,000 stipend and are honored at Karibu, a cultural celebration each year at the Fleming Museum which includes a fashion show.

“It is important to highlight the contribution of the American community members because they worked really hard. They have the community. They have businesses. They do wonderful jobs in organizations that they work in,” said Virginie Diambou, the racial, equity and community inclusion director at CVOEO.