In addition to hosting speakers, film screenings, and other educational and community-building events, WG&AC operates and/or participates in the following programs in Alachua County:
The Day of the Immigrant: Saturday, May 1, 2021
“Welcome Your Neighbors” Yard Signs
WG&AC adopted the “Welcome Your Neighbors” sign from Immanuel Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA. We have sold hundreds of signs to residents, organizations, and businesses in Gainesville and across Alachua County since we began printing them in early 2017. Signs are available for purchase for $15 each or two for $25. Contact us to arrange pick up! You may pay by check, cash, or PayPal.
PayPay link: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/welcominggainesville. Type in: For Friends and Family
English Conversation Partners
WG&AC began working with the University of Florida’s English Language Institute and the Alachua County Library System’s Literacy Program to host an English language exchange program. The program now includes nearly 50 participants who spend one or more hours each week in conversation, typically in a local coffee shop or library, with the goal of improving English-language skills among non-native speakers. On average, 2-3 new volunteers sign up to participate each week.
Each month, representatives from WG&AC attend naturalization ceremonies in federal court. Our presence demonstrates support for new citizens. We share information regarding essential services and programs that may facilitate their transition to their new country.
Each September, WG&AC joins the national Welcoming America movement to participate in “Welcoming Week,” which offers the opportunity to celebrate the contributions that immigrants, refugees, new Americans, and foreign-born residents make each day to our community. Through a variety of events, Welcoming Week offers the opportunity to celebrate our diverse community, raise awareness about the challenges foreign-born residents face, and cultivate greater compassion and understanding for those who need our support. Check our Facebook page for updates about our next Welcoming Week here in Gainesville!
Rural Women’s Health Project
WG&AC supports the Rural Women’s Health Project ‘s work to offer community-based, health-education projects in the greater Alachua County region. We are currently working with the organization to create a guide of social and medical services and immigrant-friendly businesses (including those that offer legal and tax services) within the county.
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