One of the Colorado Chapter’s best practices is participating in the Greeley Multicultural Festival every year to engage more in our community and recruiting new members by attending the Greeley Multicultural Festival at the University of Northern Colorado. Located in Greeley, Colorado, we present at the Festival every year, which “celebrates diverse cultures embedded in the fabric of our community.”
In 2018, aside from vendors and booths from various organizations, over 30 cultures presented entertainment throughout the day. Our purpose was to create an interactive, sensory, entertaining, and educational presentation of Brazil, developing an awareness of Partners’ involvement with Brazil and of the presence of Brazilians in Northern Colorado.
A creative and energetic planning committee from the Chapter consisting of 12 members accomplished their task in only three meetings. They produced an abundance of ideas resulting in a kite-making craft (to which a Partners’ label was attached), a form of the game Peteca, Brazilian flag, map, posters and a visual slide show of Partner’s activities, coffee candy, and Brazilian banana candy. Displays included children’s games, books, coffee beans, flowers, and photo albums. We had planned Portuguese lessons and coloring fact sheets, but these were not needed due to the large crowds we received.
An estimated 1,500 people attended the festival, many of whom visited our booth. This festival resulted in exposure to the community, potential new members, connections with the University of Northern Colorado International Studies Department, and much camaraderie. We look forward to attending this event annually to further Partners’ mission of serving and changing lives.