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Cuyahoga County, OH and Roanoke, VA latest cities to become Certified Welcoming

February 19, 2024 – Welcoming America, a national nonprofit organization, announces two municipalities as the latest to become Certified Welcoming, each at the 1-star designation: Cuyahoga County in Ohio and the City of Roanoke in Virginia. Rachel Perić, executive director of Welcoming America, said: “We are thrilled to recognize Cuyahoga County and the City of…

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Announcing Rural Welcoming Initiative 2024 participants, peer learning partnerships

Welcoming America is thrilled to announce the 10 participants of the Rural Welcoming Initiative (RWI) for 2024: Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation – Brattleboro, Vermont Catholic Charities of East Tennessee & HOLA Lakeway (partner participants) – Morristown, Tennessee City of Garden City – Garden City, Kansas City of New Ulm – New Ulm, Minnesota City of…

Connected Communities, Government and Community Leadership
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Welcoming takes root in the south: How one Florida community fosters safety and language access

Words and intentions aren’t enough to create a community where everyone belongs. Residents of Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida know how much effort it takes to make their home a more welcoming place to live. “To be a welcoming community means that you have policies in place which become everyday behaviors and actions, in turn,…

Equitable Access, Government and Community Leadership, Safe Communities, Stories of Impact
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San Mateo County becomes first Certified Welcoming county in California

January 31, 2024 – Welcoming America, a national nonprofit organization, announces San Mateo County as a Certified Welcoming place, the first county in California to achieve the designation and the first in the nation to achieve it at the 4-star level (the highest being 5-star). Rachel Perić, executive director of Welcoming America, said: “We are…

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Building Belonging Through Advocacy

Webinar three of three in the Building Belonging Through Art, Sports, and Advocacy Webinar Series This final segment of the Building Belonging Through Art, Sports, and Advocacy webinar series was originally recorded on January 25. Watch to explore the role of advocacy in building bridges within communities. Dynamic speakers discussed abolition work, dismantling systemic barriers,…

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Organizing 101: How nonprofit advocates can bring local government along for the welcoming journey

If you’ve ever wondered why key leaders aren’t at the table in your community’s welcoming coalition, the answer may be that your table isn’t big enough. With over 15 years of working with local governments and nonprofits, Welcoming America has seen many local nonprofits lead a community’s welcoming efforts. Many of these advocates have built…

Government and Community Leadership, Welcoming Standard
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Building Belonging Through Sports

Webinar two of three in the Building Belonging Through Art, Sports, and Advocacy Webinar Series. Hosted by Welcoming America on January 18, 2024, in this webinar we explore how sports can be part of building belonging between immigrants and U.S.-born residents. Watch to uncover inspiring stories of individuals using this avenue to break cultural barriers,…

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Le réseau français des Villes et Territoires accueillants rejoint Welcoming International

Lire en anglais | Read in English Welcoming America a le plaisir d’annoncer que l’ANVITA, l’Association Nationale des Villes et Territoires Accueillants, rejoint l’Alliance Welcoming International, un programme de l’initiative “Welcoming International”. Le réseau français des villes accueillantes comprend plus de 80 collectivités locales qui mobilisent, défendent et soutiennent les nouveaux arrivants et les populations…

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French network of welcoming communities joins Welcoming International Alliance

Read in French | Lire en français Welcoming America is thrilled to announce ANVITA, or l’Association Nationale des Villes et Territoires Accueillants (translated as the National Association of Welcoming Cities and Territories), as its newest partner in the Welcoming International Alliance, a program of the Welcoming International initiative. The France-based network of welcoming cities includes…

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Webinar: Building Belonging Through Art

Webinar one of three in the Building Belonging Through Art, Sports, and Advocacy Webinar Series Hosted by Welcoming America on January 11, in this webinar recording we explore the transformative potential of art in building belonging between immigrants and U.S.-born residents. Watch to uncover inspiring stories of individuals using this avenue to break cultural barriers,…

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