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9/24/2013 - Hamilton Councilwoman Leads Hispanic Outreach Event


Hamilton Councilwoman Leads Hispanic Outreach Event

As Hamilton Township’s first Hispanic Councilwoman, Ileana Schirmer – who was born in Cuba -- wanted to ensure that Hamilton’s growing Hispanic community was fully engaged in the community and could access the many services that the Hamilton Township Municipal Government and other local service organizations offer.  And through a special outreach event that Schirmer helped organize, Hamilton’s newest Councilwoman looks to do just that.

On Saturday, September 28th, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Hamilton Township Public Library (located at 1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Drive), Hamilton Township, led by Councilwoman Schirmer’s efforts, will host its first-ever Hispanic Community Outreach Event.  

As part of the outreach initiative, the Hamilton Township Municipal Government and Public Library will be joined by organizations such as El Centro (of Catholic Charities), LALDEF (Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund), Latino Literacy Project (of the Hamilton Township Public School District), MECHA (Mercer County Hispanic Association), PNC Bank (focusing on Financial Literacy), Reverend Karen Hernandez-Granzen (of Westminster Presbyterian Church) and the Hamilton-area YMCA to provide information and assistance to members of Hamilton’s Hispanic community.   

“As an immigrant to this great country, I think my story is similar to those of many Hamiltonians whose relatives may have immigrated to the United States only a generation or two ago – whether from Italy, Ireland, Poland or, like me, from Cuba,” says Schirmer.  “As a Councilwoman, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve all of Hamilton’s residents from many diverse backgrounds.  And by engaging my fellow Hispanic Hamiltonians through a process of inclusion, I know that fabric of our entire community will grow stronger.”

For more information, resident can contact Councilwoman Schirmer via e-mail at or call the Hamilton Township Public Library at 609.581.4060.