Immigration to the Eastern Shore is NOT just retirees moving from the cities to our beloved rural communities.  

Join Matthew Peters, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center of Easton, MD in a discussion about the first 10 years of the Resource Center’s service to the immigrant community here in our local corner of the world. 

Matt will open our eyes to the unique demographics of our immigrant community on the Eastern Shore, their needs, and what the Resource Center does to help.  He will share human interest stories about some of the immigrants the Center has worked with, as well as his personal reflections of successes and challenges along the way,

What to Expect:

You will gain a better understanding of the demographics of the immigrant community in our region, and hear personal stories about the journey to America and getting established in Maryland. You’ll learn about the unique services provided by the Resource Center to meet the specific needs of the immigrant community, and the path moving forward for immigrants to our area.  You may even come away with ideas of how you might help with your own time and talents.

HYBRID course at the Easton Family YMCA (choose to participate in person, through Zoom, or recording) | 1 session | Tuesday | Feb. 27 | 10 – 11:30 am | $20

Matthew Peters

Mat Peters

Matthew Peters is the Director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC), a non-profit based in Easton, MD; whose mission is to empower people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of the community. Matthew is fluent in Spanish and has extensive, hands-on experience with Central American culture, having lived in rural Guatemala for 13 years. After obtaining a degree in Forestry from Penn State University and working for the Forest Service for a couple of years, Matthew joined the Peace Corps for a 2-year assignment in rural Guatemala to work on reforestation programs. He then started a non-profit organization that recruited hundreds of volunteers from across the globe to work on environmental and educational programs, which he ran for 11-years. In 2012, Matthew assumed the role of Director of ChesMRC, where his responsibilities include management and development of the Center’s various programs, including Youth Development, Community Awareness & Outreach, and Immigration Legal Assistance.

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