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Where human needs and government intersect. The Division of Community Services promotes ongoing economic security and independence for the people of Shelby County. We do this by promoting, coordinating and delivering services that address the underlying conditions for well-being and justice. We strive to be a highly organized team and partner, dedicated to promoting a strong community where all people are able to reach their full potential.

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Nov 21

Multicultural Affairs Breaks Down Barriers

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 3:58 PM by Janet Lo

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Community Engagement and Outreach
Multicultural Affairs Breaks Down Barriers

The Multicultural Affairs Coordinator aims to provide greater access to government services and resources for the diverse cultures in Shelby County. By forging partnerships and creating open lines of communication with other organizations and nonprofits, we can help serve all residents regardless of their culture, background, or origin. 

Through the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach, the Multicultural Affairs Coordinator welcomes newly naturalized citizens, helps with special events like Desayuno Con Libros, hosts and attends outreach events, and breaks down barriers to government services. We are also always looking for other ways we can support the community.

Recently we noticed the lack of Latinx businesses in our vendor list so started a series of classes targeting different communities in the County to demonstrate how business owners can become a vendor and sell their products or services to the County. Working with the Purchasing and Equal Opportunity Compliance Offices, the inaugural vendor class had a full house and catered to the Spanish speaking community. With over 4500 Latinx entrepreneurs in the Memphis Metro Area, we’re eager to act as a liaison between the county and this growing population. We hope to expand and host similar classes for other community groups in the coming year.

If you have an event or group that would like to meet with Ivan Flores, our Multicultural Affairs Coordinator, please contact us at 901-222-3993 or email for more information.