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Fourteen communities awarded funds to expand vaccine access to immigrant, refugee communities

Welcoming America is thrilled to announce the 14 communities and organizations that will receive grants to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccines for immigrant and refugee communities across the United States: Amani Family Services (Fort Wayne, IN) Centreville Immigration Forum (Centreville, VA) City of Tulsa Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Equity (Tulsa, OK) Coalition for…

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Request for Proposals: Fund to Foster Belonging

Welcoming America is pleased to announce the launch of the Fund to Foster Belonging to support and expand the work of local leaders building bridges and belonging in their communities. Proposals are due October 18 through an online application. Background We’ve all had moments where we felt like we didn’t belong. But for some, this…

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Announcing the public comment period of the Welcoming Standard

We are thrilled to announce the opening of the public comment period for the Welcoming Standard, the guiding set of principles that outlines the core of what it means for a community to be truly welcoming, particularly in terms of immigrant and refugee residents. In addition to two review boards of experts, we are also…

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Welcoming America designates City of Pittsburgh, PA as a Certified Welcoming city

Decatur, GA — Welcoming America, a national nonprofit organization, is thrilled to designate the City of Pittsburgh as Certified Welcoming. It is the 12th place to become Certified Welcoming since the program launched in 2017, and the third in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, joining the cities of Lancaster and Erie. The designation not only comes…

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Media advisory: Drag performer Jackie Cox, comedian Peter Banifaz, and more to virtually kick off Welcoming Week

Atlanta, GA — On Thursday, September 9, national nonprofit Welcoming America hosts the livestream event “#BelongingBeginsWithUs: A Welcoming Week Experience” on Facebook Live and YouTube to kick off Welcoming Week, which begins September 10. What: #BelongingBeginsWithUs: A Welcoming Week Experience When: Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time Where: Livestreamed on Facebook Live and…

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Entertainers, nonprofits and governments declare “Belonging Begins With Us” for Welcoming Week’s virtual kickoff

Atlanta, GA — As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic, climate change, and Afghan refugee crisis, national nonprofit Welcoming America will host a livestream event on Thursday, September 9, 2021 called “#BelongingBeginsWithUs: A Welcoming Week Experience” to celebrate and welcome newcomers in local communities everywhere aiming to foster a deeper sense of belonging…

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Drag performer Jackie Cox joins Welcoming Week kickoff event

Decatur, GA — Welcoming America is thrilled to announce that drag performer Jackie Cox of RuPaul’s Drag Race will make a featured appearance and performance in the virtual kick off event for Welcoming Week on September 9, 2021. Jackie Cox (also known as Darius Rose) is a New York City-based drag performer of Iranian and…

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Iranian American comedian, actor slated to emcee Welcoming Week kickoff event

Decatur, GA — Welcoming America is thrilled to announce Peter Banifaz, an Iranian-born American actor, comedian, and writer based in Los Angeles, as the official emcee of this year’s Welcoming Week virtual kickoff event on September 9. In addition to his recurring role on the Emmy-nominated show on Showtime, Shameless, Banifaz’s acting credits include Veep,…

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Old Navy Partners with Welcoming America to Celebrate New US Citizens with Iconic Flag Tee

New 2021 Flag Tee Features the Names of All 50 States and Five US Territories SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2021 – To celebrate America’s upcoming birthday and the diverse tapestry that makes up the U.S., Old Navy is rolling out the red, white and blue carpet to the country’s newest members. The quintessential American fashion…

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Fostering belonging, immigrant inclusion at the Welcoming Interactive virtual conference

From May 5-6, national nonprofit Welcoming America will host the 2021 Welcoming Interactive virtually. Featuring two plenary sessions and six sessions, the 2021 Welcoming Interactive will focus on inclusion, belonging, and healing from the past year of unprecedented challenges. All sessions are free and open to the public. Each will be livestreamed on Zoom via…

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