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Community Sponsorship of Refugees: Methods and Examples

This webinar took place on November 17, 2021 Community sponsorship provides an avenue for individuals, groups, and organizations to participate in the resettlement of refugees. This webinar will explore the various community sponsorship models and provide resources for communities wanting to take part in supporting refugee families. If you’re looking to better understand the options…

Refugees
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Resource Toolkit

Cómo Establecer y Mantener la Gestión Inclusiva de Emergencias con las Poblaciones de Inmigrantes y Refugiades

“La Lista de Verificación para la Gestión Inclusiva de Emergencias con las Poblaciones de Inmigrantes y Refugiades” — creada en colaboración con el Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management — tiene como objetivo contribuir al fortalecimiento de los planes de preparación para emergencias existentes.  Para ello, se asegurará que les inmigrantes y refugiades…

Connected Communities, Equitable Access, Government and Community Leadership, Refugees, Safe Communities
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Tips to Build & Sustain a Locally Welcoming Infrastructure

Following the U.S. government’s departure from Afghanistan in August 2021, Welcoming America and a cadre of partners created this toolkit for community leaders managing arrivals of Afghan refugees. It offers four key tips to creating an equitable and welcoming environment, including mobilizing a multi-sector response group; creating a We Welcome Fund; sharing messages of welcome; and changing policy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Equitable Access, Government and Community Leadership, Refugees
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New Homes for New Refugees: A Template for Creating a Welcoming Landlord Network in Your Community

This webinar brought together key organizers of the City of Pittsburgh’s “Renting to Refugees” initiative to discuss how they executed the effort and how similar organizations can potentially implement a similar strategy in your own community. Topics of discussion will include convening cross-sector stakeholders to increase the reach of your initiative, maximizing the effectiveness of…

Connected Communities, Government and Community Leadership, Refugees
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Resettlement Strategies: Learning from National Examples & Local Actors

Presented by Welcoming America and Boston University, this two-part webinar provides a broad understanding of how the resettlement system works in the United States, how it differs from other systems, and what challenges it has undergone over the past three years. Part one of this series took place on May 26, 2021 and part two…

Connected Communities, Government and Community Leadership, Refugees
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Engaging Public Sector Stakeholders to Prepare for Welcoming More Refugees

This webinar was hosted and organized by Switchboard on April 7, 2021. Switchboard is a resource hub for refugee service providers in the United States. Welcoming America staff presented on this timely topic using knowledge and examples from the Welcoming Network. Speakers: Christina Pope, Senior Network Director George Zavala, Western Regional Manager As refugee service…

Connected Communities, Refugees
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A Global Welcome: Metro Chicago's Approach to Immigrant Inclusion

More than half the global population lives in metropolitan areas, and this proportion will likely increase throughout the 21st century. A significant contributor to this growth will be immigrants and other newcomers. This report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs examines, through the lens of the city of Chicago, the complexity of the foreign-born community and…

Economic Development, Refugees
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Resource Toolkit

Welcoming Refugees in Rural Communities: Promising Examples from the Field

While there are many positive examples across the country of refugee welcome in rural communities, this tool explores four groundbreaking community-based initiatives that are engaging, supporting, and welcoming refugees in rural areas. In this toolkit, we highlight how different types of community actors are working together to create more vibrant communities for all. This includes:…

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Building and Sustaining Community Collaborations for Refugee Welcome: A Community Engagement Toolkit

Refugee resettlement organizations increasingly recognize the need to create greater community support for refugees, and to be part of broader community efforts that may benefit refugees, but are not focused exclusively on refugees. How do refugee-serving organizations assess the state of their current efforts and what are the next steps they could take to advance…

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Harnessing Volunteer Energy to Support and Welcome Refugees in your Community: Five Tips for Success

Learn some of the best practices in engaging, supporting, and managing volunteers to help welcome refugees in your community. Tips around volunteer outreach, designing options for volunteer engagement, volunteer onboarding, and keeping volunteers energized are included.  This toolkit also shares field spotlights from a number of refugee-serving organizations that are successfully utilizing volunteers in new…

Refugees
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