Welcoming America launches Resilient Rapid Response Initiative

Welcoming America, a national nonprofit organization that leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel they belong, announces the launch of the Resilient Rapid Response Initiative to assist its membership network of nonprofits and local governments with pressing needs in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to tailored training on inclusive emergency management and language access strategies, the Initiative includes a Rapid Response Fund of $100,000 in grants to support immediate and critical needs. Members are encouraged to apply by May 15.

The goal of the Initiative is to supply resources and training for members to quickly meet gaps, including those on language access, communication strategies, building bridges in a time of social distancing, and inclusive emergency responses. It will also provide a community of practice for members to generate lessons, key issues, and resources during situations that evolve rapidly.

“A resilient recovery means working together, rethinking the voices included, and building trust,” says Rachel Peric, Executive Director of Welcoming America. “Especially during a time of growing anxiety and fear-mongering, welcoming communities can demonstrate in practice what an inclusive America looks like and how we all benefit.”

Welcoming America is pleased to have support from the Democracy Fund and the World Education Services Mariam Assefa Fund as partners of the Resilient Rapid Response Initiative.

About Welcoming America

Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong. We believe that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of our communities and shared future. Launched in 2009, Welcoming America has spurred a growing movement across the United States and world.

Media contact:
Lola Pak, Director of Communications
Welcoming America
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