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Masks on, arms open: Milwaukee nonprofits foster new connections in the heart of the pandemic

As part of the Belonging Begins With Us campaign and in part by the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, Welcoming America and its members worked in eight cities throughout 2020 to bridge diverse communities and foster a deeper sense of belonging for local residents, including immigrants. At a time when a pandemic isolated Americans,…

Connected Communities, Stories of Impact, Welcoming Week
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Salisbury sets out to welcome immigrants and build community on Maryland’s eastern shore

Known as the Capital of the Eastern Shore, Salisbury lies on the southern end of the Delmarva peninsula which juts 170 miles into the Chesapeake Bay and has a culture that is more akin to the South than its Northern metropolitan neighbors. The growing city of 32,000 residents was historically a majority white city, but…

Connected Communities, Equitable Access, Government and Community Leadership, Stories of Impact
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How to Get Started with Welcoming Week 

Welcoming Week is just two months away! Whether it’s your first time participating or you’re a seasoned veteran, it’s time to start brainstorming ways to engage. Whether you plan a community event or share your thoughts on social media, anyone who engages with Welcoming Week is taking a bold step in fostering welcoming communities for…

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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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This World Refugee Day, learning something new about refugee resettlement

Today is World Refugee Day! First held by the United Nations in 2001, World Refugee Day honors refugees and “celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape persecution” (UNHCR). Welcoming America recently hosted a series of webinars with Boston University on refugee resettlement strategies to…

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Celebrating #ImmigrantHeritageMonth through food, history, and belonging.

Valerie Mills is senior program manager at Atlanta’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (Welcoming Atlanta) and immigrated to the U.S from Ghana. Valerie shares her recipe for Palaver Sauce or Nkontomire, a Ghanaian delicacy from West Africa. It is traditionally prepared with the leaves of the cocoyam plant. Palaver colloquially means “troublesome” and it was said…

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Resource Webinar

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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Integrating Immigrants into Civic Life

Presented by the National Civic League, this webinar features Welcoming America’s Certified Welcoming Director Melissa Bertolo and two communities empowering immigrant leaders. The webinar covers innovative ways nonprofits, city, and county governments are including and welcoming immigrants in all areas of civic, social, and economic life. Speakers:  Melissa Bertolo, Certified Welcoming Director, Welcoming America Sabeen…

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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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