New Round of Grants will Support Cities’ Efforts to Welcome Immigrants

Gateways for Growth

WASHINGTON & DECATUR, GA — The American Immigration Council and Welcoming America, two national nonprofits, are thrilled to announce that four communities were selected to receive Implementation Technical Assistance and Grant awards as part of Round V of the Gateways for Growth Challenge (G4G). The four communities include: Baltimore County, Maryland Fort Wayne, Indiana Santa…

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Staying rooted in humanity: Reflections on #Interactive2024

Group photo of 800 attendees at the 2024 Welcoming Interactive in the Hyatt Regency ballroom in Dallas, Texas.

Last week, 800 welcomers from across the globe joined us at the 2024 Welcoming Interactive in the Certified Welcoming city of Dallas, Texas. Leaders from local governments, nonprofits, and other sectors spent three days sharing inspiring practices and ideas for including immigrants and refugees in their communities. Participants hailed from communities across the U.S., Canada,…

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A world and future where everyone belongs: Welcoming America releases first-ever State of Welcoming report

Graphic promoting the State of Welcoming 2024 Report. To access the digital report, visit

DECATUR, GA — Welcoming America today releases the first-ever State of Welcoming report, now available online as an interactive website. This report — released during Welcoming America’s 15th anniversary — highlights the history of the welcoming movement, why welcoming matters, critical lessons learned, and the future of welcoming in a world facing challenges to democracy,…

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New Report Shows Immigrants in Androscoggin County Paid Over $24 Million in Taxes and Held Over $74 Million in Spending Power in 2019

Over one-quarter of immigrants in Androscoggin County had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2019 LEWISTON, Maine — A new report, New Americans in Androscoggin County, released last week by the American Immigration Council, in partnership with the University of Southern Maine, emphasizes the crucial role immigrants play in the county’s labor force, business creation,…

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Annual conference of welcomers convenes in Dallas this April

High angle group photo of past Welcoming Interactive attendees, featuring over 500 people. Welcoming Interactive logo, mostly comprised of colorful circles and the words "Welcoming Interactive" is included in the graphic. Other words include: learn, grow, connect. Join welcomers from everywhere.

DECATUR, GA — Welcoming America and the City of Dallas are set to host the annual Welcoming Interactive conference next Wednesday in Dallas, Texas — a Certified Welcoming city — with over 700 attendees and special guests are expected to attend, including Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population,…

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‘Welcoming is an American value’: Assistant Secretary Julieta Valls Noyes at the 2024 Welcoming Interactive

Headshot of Julieta Valls Noyes with the quote "Welcoming is an American value"

As we count down the days to the 2024 Welcoming Interactive, we’re getting excited thinking about the energy, learning, and connection that the conference sparks for attendees. The local communities and individuals on the frontlines of welcoming immigrants and refugees are the reason we gather. Sharing ideas and practices that leaders can bring home to…

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Welcoming America Announces “We’re All In” as 2024 Welcoming Week Theme

Welcoming America is excited to announce its campaign theme for its Welcoming Week 2024, an annual campaign celebrated in communities across the world, which will take place from September 13-22, 2024. The campaign theme, “We’re All In,” calls on individuals and groups to come together in celebration of their strengths and differences and showcase how…

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Announcing the 2024 Fund to Foster Belonging grantees

Fund to Foster Belonging

Welcoming America is pleased to announce the recipients of the third round of funding from the Fund to Foster Belonging, which will continue supporting and expanding the work of local leaders and projects that build meaningful connections between immigrants and non-immigrants: ECHO Collective, Lincoln, NE One World, One Love NJ, Summit, NJ Rural Women’s Health…

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Moving from inclusion to belonging: Bridge-building success stories

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Belonging is more than a feeling. Belonging means to be fully part of society at large: each of us has our well-being considered and we’re able to design and benefit from institutions and structures that affect our lives. To achieve belonging, inclusion is a key step in the process. Inclusion is all about action. Individuals,…

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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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