Thanks to The Independent Florida Alligator for highlighting our Welcoming Week event: Gainesville celebrates immigrants with second annual Welcoming Week!
We had a great Welcoming Week proclamation and kick-off last night! Thanks to all our local representatives, participants, and residents for joining us to celebrate our immigrant neighbors and friends!
Here are a few photos of the event. We hope to see you at anotherWelcoming Week: September 15-24, 2017 event soon!
Each September, Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County joins the national Welcoming America movement to participate in “Welcoming Week,” which includes a variety of events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants, refugees, and foreign-born residents in our community.
This year’s event will extend over 10 days and include the following programs and activities:
Monday, September 18, 5 pm, City Hall: Welcoming Week proclamations by Mayor Poe, Commissioner Cornell, and local students
Sunday, September 24, time TBA, Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Gainesville: Speaking engagement with Cindy Nelly, nurse practitioner, who just returned from medical work in Mosul, Iraq
We will also be collecting small household goods for refugees resettled by Catholic Charities Jacksonville and school supplies for refugee children with Gators for Refugee Medical Relief. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in donating.
Check back for more information as we update the schedule. Thank you!
Do you have a free hour each week? Interested in volunteering with us? We’ve had numerous requests from non-native speakers to be paired with English-speaking volunteers for our English Partner Program.
Contact email@example.com to sign up! Thank you!
Please join Baker Interfaith Friends on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at University Lutheran Church (1826 W University Ave, Gainesville, Florida, FL 32603) where Ericka Curran, an immigration attorney from Jacksonville, FL, will speak on legal issues related to immigrants and detention.
Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County is pleased to share our 2016 Annual Report, which highlights our achievements and growth during our first official year as a nonprofit organization.
We look forward to “making newcomers neighbors” for many more years to come!
The single most important factor in ensuring that newcomers to the United States become integrated and self-sufficient members of society is the support of their new community. Your efforts matter, and we want to provide you with the tools to make a positive impact.
The Refugee Center Online is offering a free online course to help individuals gain the necessary skills and knowledge to better interact with refugees and immigrants in the community. The lessons are self-paced, which means you can start anytime and complete the training on your own schedule.
Remember: Welcoming newcomers doesn’t always have to be formal. It might mean simply being friendly to those in your community. It might mean making a choice to go out of your comfort zone and invite a newcomer family to dinner.
Thanks to the Ilene Silverman Show for welcoming Randy Wells, Steve Kalishman, and Aqueela Khuddus from the WG&AC Board and Jacob Atem, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida.
Stay tuned for viewing information!