Welcoming Week celebrates the growing movement of inclusive communities that fully embrace New Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. Created by YMCA of the USA's national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. 

View the full list of events here

Many thanks to our sponsors for underwriting Welcoming Week!

CUFAIR, Naomi and Eric Jakobsson, Jan and Earl Kellogg, Marlyn W. Rinehart, World Harvest, Dixon Graphics, MTD: Champaign-Urbana, Claudia and Bob Kirby, Mary Kruse, Bruce & Helen Berndt, Ben Lough, Fr. Tom Royer, Nadja Shoemaker, Muslim American Society Urbana-Champaign, Bob & Ruta Rauber, Sharon Monday & Jack Paxton, Ruth E. Wyman Law Office LLC, Richard Zeigler, Laurel Prussing, Rebecca Ginsburg and William Sullivan, Jim & Delores Holiman, Bill Brown, Urbana City Council, Forest Preserve Friends Foundation, Julian and Arlene Rappaport, East Central Refugee & Mutual Assistance Center, Urbana School District, Carol Leff

Welcoming Partners

Local organizations hosting Welcoming Week events include:
Academy of African American Arts, Asian American Cultural Center, Bahá'í Center, City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Champaign County Forest Preserve, Champaign County Healthcare Consumers, Champaign-Urbana Friends and Allies of Immigrants & Refugees, Champaign Hindu Temple, Champaign Public Library, Channing-Murray Foundation, Chapel of St. John the Divine, CU Immigration Forum, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center, Faith In Place, First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Illini Hillel, Krannert Center Office Of Civic Engagement & Social Practice, La Casa Cultural Latina, La Colectiva, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, The Mexican Consulate-Chicago, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Muslim American Society of Champaign-Urbana, Philippine Student Association, Planners Network of Champaign-Urbana, School for Art and Design, School for Designing a Society, Solidarity Sundays Champaign-Urbana, Spurlock Museum, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, The Three Spinners, Urbana School District 116, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, Urbana Free Library, Urbana Park District, Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Wesley Student Center


Scroll over the pins to see details on Welcoming Week 2017 events!

The Benefits of Being a Welcoming Community

With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals currently living in the U.S.—more than at any other point in history—it is imperative for the well-being of our communities that all neighbors have opportunities to engage, build mutual understanding and work together to create positive social progress for all. Welcoming Week is a fantastic expression of our shared cause to strengthen community by celebrating diversity and fostering social cohesion by building bridges between new Americans and their neighbors.

Participating in Welcoming Week benefits your local community group, organization, church, school, and social service agency by:

  • Raising the visibility of the your organization’s commitment to engage underserved populations and contribute to more connected and cohesive communities
  • Enhancing partnerships with newcomer-serving community organizations and businesses
  • Creating a platform to engage members and introduce prospective members to your organization
  • Developing staff and volunteers’ cultural competencies for working with diverse communities