We are excited to announce that Welcoming America is one of eleven organizations worldwide to receive the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award, granted by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group!
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August 28th, 2014
August 14th, 2014
Welcoming America is pleased to announce a series of three webinars on what local communities can do to help children fleeing violence, highlighting how:
July 31st, 2014
We stand at a historic moment for our country. Unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America are being re-settled across the U.S., and regardless of what happens in Washington, it is local communities who must act as the moral compass of our nation.
Now, more than ever, it is important to remember what our local partners witness daily:welcoming communities are more prosperous, dynamic, and united than those that aren’t intentionally inclusive. We are deeply inspired by the growing number of leaders and everyday Americans uniting to make their communities welcoming ones for unaccompanied children. For some inspiring examples of communities stepping up, click here.
From changing the tenor of the conversation, to engaging residents with fears and misperceptions about local impact, to offering support to unaccompanied children, there is much that communities can and should do to step up and help.
In the coming weeks, Welcoming America will do our part to support our rapidly growing national network of local organizations and municipal governments, as well as any community wanting to become more welcoming during this important time.
Our goals are two-fold:
1) To lift up the voices of local leaders across the country who are taking a stand to welcome and humanely care for the children.
Much of the media coverage has been primarily negative and portrays local communities as overwhelmingly against humane and welcoming treatment of the children. This depiction runs counter to public opinion polling and the experience of our local partners.
Over the coming weeks, we will spotlight the welcoming responses taking place around the country. Although details are still being finalized, actions will include:
2) To ensure local governments and community organizations have the tools required to marshal welcoming efforts in their communities. Over the coming weeks, we will:
There is an alternative to the divisive rhetoric we have all been hearing. In communities from Tampa to Denver to Syracuse, local leaders are expressing their support for unaccompanied children and emphasizing that the values of those they represent require children be cared for and welcomed. These statements, some of which are captured here, are a reminder that everyday Americans can change the course of history.
Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas and to let us know how we can support you in your efforts to create more welcoming communities for all.
July 30th, 2014
Join us for National Welcoming Week on September 13-21, 2014 to highlight the contributions of immigrants to American communities and to bring together immigrants and long-term residents in a spirit of unity! We invite you to attend or organize an event in your community that celebrates and embodies the welcoming spirit. Join the welcoming movement that is spreading across the country.
To participate, register your event or find a volunteer opportunity on the Welcoming Week website! If you register your event(s) by August 7th, you will receive 5 free National Welcoming Week t-shirts, a large banner, and 50 buttons. If you have questions about registering your event, please reference our guide.
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