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The Welcoming Network is composed of more than 200 local governments and local nonprofit organizations working to make their communities welcoming and inclusive places for all. In this Q&A, Christina Pope, Senior Network Director at Welcoming America, shares her observations on how the network is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. What are a few strategies for ...

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Member Spotlight: How a YMCA in Illinois is keeping community during COVID-19

Welcoming America | April 16, 2020

University YMCA staff during Welcome Week 2019

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sharing the stories and experiences of the Welcoming Network in responding to the crisis in their communities as well as the challenges facing immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations. This week, we hear from Gloria Yen, Director of the New American Welcome Center at University YMCA in Champaign, IL. COVID-19 has disrupted daily life all over the ...

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Member Spotlight: Resilience during COVID-19 in Salt Lake County

Welcoming America | April 8, 2020

Photo credit: Amber Rose Dwyer

*As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we share the stories and experiences of the Welcoming Network in responding to the crisis in their communities as well as the challenges facing immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations. This week, we hear from Ze “Zee” Xiao, Director of the Mayor’s Office for New Americans in Salt Lake County, UT. COVID-19 has disrupted daily life all ...

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Last Friday, we wrote a message urging members of Congress to consider the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on American nonprofits and local communities, including those with immigrant and refugee populations.  With the passage of a $2 trillion stimulus package comes much needed economic relief, particularly in alleviating the financial burdens of small businesses ...

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