Welcoming takes root in the south: How one Florida community fosters safety and language access

Group photo of members of the GINI team

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,…

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

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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…

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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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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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Building momentum: Welcoming America expands board with new members and appointments

Welcoming America is pleased to announce the new members of our board of directors, as well as changes in its leadership, effective immediately. New members of the board include: Alexandra Toma, Executive Director of the Peace & Security Funders Group Alexandra brings 20 years of leadership in politics, advocacy, and philanthropy to her role as…

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Statement on humanitarian funding and anti-immigration legislation

Welcoming America stands united with partners nationwide and the majority of Americans in opposing the Biden Administration’s consideration of the proposal by a radical minority of legislators tying funding for humanitarian assistance abroad to advance their extreme anti-immigrant agenda at home. As an organization committed to fostering communities where everyone belongs, we are deeply concerned…

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Refugee leaders selected for USA for UNHCR grant in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

December 8, 2023 — Nonprofits USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Refugee Congress and Welcoming America announce the awardees of the Sparking Change grant: Derick Alimasi (TX) Masouda Basharat (OK) Bahati Kanyamanza (TX) Aisha Koroma (TX) Sara Louis-Ayo (LA) Niyonsaba Magnifique (TX) King Patrick Saah (LA) Sateza Safi (OK) Dauda Sesay (LA) Faridar Binti…

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New Report Shows Immigrants in the South Bend-Elkhart Region Paid Over $258 Million in Taxes and Held Over $783 Million in Spending Power in 2019

Despite making up 6.9% of the population, immigrants made up 9.3% of working-age people and 9.2% of STEM workers and entrepreneurs. SOUTH BEND, IN — A new report, New Americans in Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties, released today by the American Immigration Council — in partnership with the City of South Bend, South Bend–Elkhart…

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New Report Shows Immigrants in Santa Fe County Paid Over $122 Million in Taxes and Held Over $365 Million in Spending Power in 2019

Immigrants in Sante Fe County contributed $1.1 billion to the county’s gross domestic product (GDP), or 12.3%  in 2019. SANTA FE COUNTY, NM — A new report, New Americans in Santa Fe County, released today by the American Immigration Council and Welcoming America, in partnership with the City of Santa Fe’s Office of Economic Development…

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