Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns.

Uplifting Innovations at the White House & U.S. Chamber

Welcoming America and Partners Join White House and U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Uplift Immigrant Integration and Welcoming Innovations         In… read more

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2014 National Welcoming Week

During the week of September 13th, 2014, Welcoming America and its partners across the country will host National Welcoming Week, a nationwide… read more

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In Honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, Celebrating the Diversity that Unites Us

Throughout the month of June, Welcome.us, a new non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants… read more

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Updates from Welcoming America

2014 Welcoming America National Conference       Last month, Welcoming leaders from across the country convened… read more

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Refugee Stories Have Happy Endings

By Amanda Cooper, Lightbox Collaborative American’s have a lot of sympathy for the refugee experience. Just the word “refugee” conjures… read more

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Welcoming Leaders Grow and Move Forward Together at National Conference

Forty leaders convened at the Welcoming America Leaders Conference in Atlanta, GA from April 28-30, 2014.  Representing non-profits and municipal… read more

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Uplifting Innovations at the White House & U.S. Chamber

July 16th, 2014

Welcoming America and Partners Join White House and U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Uplift Immigrant Integration and Welcoming Innovations

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In direct contrast to inaction on immigration reform dividing Washington, D.C.
, over 60 U.S. communities, large and small, all across the country are thriving by working together to embrace immigrants as part of the Welcoming America network. Welcoming America and its partners – including the prominent organizations National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), and Americas Society/Council on The Americas (AS/COA) – have come to Washington this week to highlight these non-profit and municipal welcoming initiatives, lift up the leadership of local communities in immigrant integration in general, and highlight the role the federal government can play in supporting and coordinating local integration efforts.

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2014 National Welcoming Week

July 7th, 2014

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welcoming_week_During the week of September 13th, 2014, Welcoming America and its partners across the country will host National Welcoming Week, a nationwide event that will bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity through service projects and other events across the country.

Welcoming Week is just around the corner – we encourage you to start planning your event soon!  If you’d like to receive more information on National Welcoming Week – whether your interest is as an event host, event attendee, or general supporter – please sign up for our email updates here. If you plan to host an event, please complete this form.  Also, feel free to start publicizing National Welcoming Week by sharing our postcard with your network!

Can’t host or join an event?  You can help support our event now through a gift – click the button below to donate!

 

In Honor of Immigrant Heritage Month, Celebrating the Diversity that Unites Us

June 23rd, 2014

Throughout the month of June, Welcome.us, a new non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world, will be celebrating the first-ever Immigrant Heritage Month. The goal of the month – which will bring together a dynamic coalition of individuals and organizations from Congressmen to celebrities – is to encourage every American to tell the story of how they first felt welcomed to the American experience.

Since 2009, Welcoming America has brought together these civic leaders and everyday welcoming heroes through a vibrant network that reaches from coast to coast. From mayors in Atlanta and Pittsburgh, who recently announced new Welcoming initiatives, to long standing efforts in states as diverse as Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Rhode Island, the Welcoming America movement reflects the diversity of American communities, rural and urban, that are already extending a welcome to their newest neighbors. Read the rest of this entry »

Updates from Welcoming America

May 29th, 2014

2014 Welcoming America National Conference

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Last month, Welcoming leaders from across the country convened in Atlanta for our 2014 national conference. For highlights, read our blog post, and check out our video to see why our great partners do the work they do. Thank you all who joined us for this inspiring event!

Cities Make Strides to Advancing Welcoming

Three new cities – Denver, Colorado; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Central Falls, Rhode Island – have signed on to our Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative. Central Fall’s addition was marked by the release of a report from Welcoming Rhode Island on immigrant contributions to the state.

Welcoming Atlanta has also taken a significant step towards welcoming with the creation of a working group, which will make recommendations to Mayor Reed on steps to take to become more inclusive towards immigrants. Read the rest of this entry »