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Staff, leadership changes at Welcoming America

David Lubell — Welcoming America’s founder, inaugural executive director, and founding director of our Welcoming International initiative —  is leaving the organization after 12 years. His last day is October 8. Almost two decades ago, David established the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition in Nashville to bring immigrant communities together to develop a unified…

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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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New research shows immigrants in Washoe County make up 29.6 percent of construction workers, 25.3 percent of manufacturing workers, and 14.1 percent of business owners.

Immigrants were 34.8 percent more likely to be of working age than their U.S.-born counterparts Reno, NV – A new report released by New American Economy in partnership with the Northern Nevada International Center, City of Reno, and the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, underscores the critical role immigrants in Reno and Washoe County play as…

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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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New Report Shows Immigrants and Refugees in San Mateo County Paid Over $5.5 Billion in Taxes and Held $12.7 Billion in Spending Power in 2019

Immigrants and refugees in San Mateo County make up 58.2 percent of construction workers and 47.6 percent of STEM workers SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA – A new report released today by New American Economy (NAE), in partnership with the County of San Mateo’s Office of Community Affairs’ Immigrant Services, underscores the critical role immigrants and refugees in San…

Economic Development, Welcoming Week
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New research shows immigrants in Saint Paul make up 35.3 percent of manufacturing workers, 39.2 percent of essential service workers, and 33.2 percent of business owners.

Between 2015 and 2019, immigrants accounted for over 62 percent of the population growth in the City of Saint Paul and 40 percent of the population growth in the East Metro Area. Saint Paul, MN – A new report released today by New American Economy in partnership with the City of Saint Paul and the…

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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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