Every year across America, communities gather to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed September 15 to October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Observing Hispanic Heritage Month allows our country to show its recognition and support for the work Latinos are doing in helping this country grow.

Some of our CMC team members shared what the annual month of observance means to them and its importance.

“My Hispanic heritage reminds me to blossom, celebrate differences and not let go of the past and where I come from, but use it to move forward. Our communities are rich in tradition, wisdom and strengths. I feel very proud of my culture and heritage. Also, I believe that surrounding ourselves with a broad range of people and celebrating this diversity helps us to learn about other cultures and people.” Marilyn Trochez, CMC Cranbury, New Jersey, Program Specialist II

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize a culture that has made impactful contributions to the world in so many ways. We are Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Supreme Court Justices, Politicians, Activists, Educators, Writers, Journalists, Poets, Playwrights, Astronauts and so much more.” Desiree Collazo-Soto, CMC Fort Washington, PA, Program Marketing Manager

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of all the different countries and cultures that come together and make up the Hispanic population. And to me that means taking pride in who I am and where I come from and who my ancestors are. We’re a loud bunch and having a chance to show that, to be able to come together and show off who we are, is great.” — Sofia Jurema, Program Manager

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