‘Day of the Dead’ Commemoration to Honor Victims of Violence

The Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center will be hosting an observance of “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) to honor those in the community who have lost their lives to violence. The November 3 event, complete with a newly constructed ofrenda (altar) will take place at the nonprofit’s North Chesterfield offices at 9513 Hull Street, Suite B.

According to a news release about the observance, the agency is inviting anyone in Richmond and Chesterfield who has lost a family member or friend to violence to place an offering or photograph of their loved one on the ofrenda, or to make a donation in support of victims still in need. Donations can include snacks, culturally appropriate food items, gift cards for gas or grocery stores, etc.

Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, culturally appropriate and linguistically specific services and support to members of the Latino community who identify as victims of violence, with an emphasis on serving those with limited English proficiency to help them stabilize their life after being victimized.

Between 2010 and 2020, the Latino population in Virginia nearly doubled, growing from 13,000 to 24,000 over the decade. Hispanic/Latinos now represent more than 10% of Richmond City’s current population.

For more information about the Center, visit https://en.latinosenvirginia.org/apoyanos.

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