Welcoming Week 2015

The FM Area Joins Welcoming America, Communities across the Country, to Celebrate Immigrants during National Welcoming Week, Sept. 12–20, 2015

September 12-20, 2015, the Fargo-Moorhead area joins Welcoming America for the first time to celebrate National Welcoming Week. Eighteen different organizations are collaborating to host 13 events that will recognize immigrants contributions to the local community, connect neighbors, and further the social and economic integration of newcomers. Flags from 50 nations will fly in downtown Fargo starting on September 12th, and for every day of National Welcoming Week, there is at least one event scheduled.

Some of the already scheduled events include a community meal to kick off the week, a family movie night at a local elementary school, a volunteer orientation for those interested in supporting English language learning, a soccer tournament, a community garden event and a small-business workshop. Additional events are being added as local organizations find out about this exciting week of programming. “These celebrations are part of a powerful and growing movement in our country,” said David Lubell, Executive Director of Welcoming America. “Communities recognize that they are more vibrant and prosperous when everyone feels welcomed. Across the United States this week, new and long-time residents are building bridges and making their communities stronger, together.” The week will be capped by a celebration of International Peace Day on Sunday September 20th at 4 pm, Carlson Library.

“We are proud to join this national effort to show that in our local community, New Americans are valued and are part of what makes Fargo-Moorhead a great place to call home,” said Christian Harris, Executive Director of The New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment and catalyst for the local efforts. Co-chair for the WelcomingFMarea committee, Kevin Brooks, said: “We are stronger together, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate National Welcoming Week. These events show that in Fargo-Moorhead, we are working to make our community the kind of place where diverse people from around the world feel valued and want to put down roots.”

Welcoming America helps communities across the country reach their full economic and social potential by becoming more welcoming toward immigrants. Welcoming America brings together a broad network of nonprofits and local governments from across the U.S. and strengthens their work with the know-how, tools, and incentives they need to transform their communities in to vibrant, prosperous places where all residents can contribute. To find out more, visit www.welcomingamerica.org

Each year in September, Welcoming America and its partners across the country host events that celebrate the benefits of building welcoming communities and bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity through service projects and other events. For more about Fargo-Moorhead’s Welcoming Week events, visit https://www.facebook.com/WelcomingFMarea

Written by Dr. Kevin Brooks, President of our Board of Directors