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Join us for Welcoming Week September 14 – 23, 2018

Join us for Welcoming Week September 14 – 23, 2018

Cedar Rapids is proud to observe Welcoming Week on September 14-23, 2018 to acknowledge the many important contributions immigrants and refugees bring to our community, and to celebrate all diversity in our City. Welcoming Week is a national annual celebration bringing together people though local events to celebrate the role communities play to foster a welcoming community.

This year, Cedar Rapids is celebrating Welcoming Week to honor the values that unite us as neighbors, parents, and colleagues, and to make our City more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home. We believe we can create a more vibrant and prosperous community when everyone feels welcomed and can fully participate. Fostering a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, or place of origin, enhances Cedar Rapids cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness and overall prosperity for current and future generations. During Welcoming Week, and all year long, new and longtime residents can build bridges to make their communities stronger.

Many local organizations will be hosting events to celebrate Welcoming Week in our community. Please consider participating in one or many of the planned events.  To view the full list of events, visit www.welcomingCR.com.

Anyone interested in hosting an event is encouraged to participate.  No event is too big or small--we simply request that your events are aimed at including any and all interested residents.  Whether you are opening the doors to your place of worship, scheduling a cooking demonstration, sports event, dance, book review or networking event, we want our residents to learn from one another.  Visit the GO Cedar Rapids events calendar and select “Welcome Week” to see a full list of community activities and to add your events.

All Cedar Rapids residents are a vital part of our community—bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas, starting businesses, and contributing to the vibrant diversity that we all value. Our community’s participation in Welcoming Week shows that in Cedar Rapids, citizens of all backgrounds can come together to create a stronger, more prosperous community.  

Welcoming Week is one of many initiatives Cedar Rapids supports in order to create and promote an inclusive community.


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