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What is Welcoming Week?

Welcoming Week celebrates the growing movement of inclusive communities that fully embrace immigrants and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. With over 25,000 foreign-born individuals living in Champaign County, we all need different opportunities to engage, build mutual understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming all! This year's community-wide celebration will take place Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 22 and feature over 20 fun, family-centered events.

Upcoming Events

We Belong Festival

Orchard Downs Community Center at 510 George Huff Ct. in Urbana
September 12, 2023
5:00 pm
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Community Job Fair

Champaign Public Library
September 12, 2023
5:30 pm
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First Responder Experience in Your Community (Presented by Stephens Family Y with Larkin's Place)

Shadowwood Mobile Homes at 1600 N. Market Street in Champaign
September 13, 2023
4:00 pm
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Buying Your First Home

The Immigration Project on 409 Devonshire Dr. in Champaign
September 13, 2023
5:30 pm
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All Have a Seat at Our Table with Mayor Diane Marlin

East Lawn behind Urbana City Hall, located at 400 South Vine Street, Urbana, IL 61801
September 14, 2023
11:00 am
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Unlocking Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Immigrants with the Small Business Development Center

Champaign Public Library | Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B
September 14, 2023
7:00 pm
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Friday Forum: "Welcoming Immigrants in Champaign County" with Akua Forkuo-Sekyere

University YMCA 1001 S Wright Street in Champaign
September 15, 2023
12:00 pm
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El Grito

Maize at the Station
September 15, 2023
4:00 pm
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TASC Celebrates: Mid-Autumn Festival

301 E. Gregory Drive Champaign IL 61820 (Rm 2009)
September 15, 2023
7:00 pm
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Recent News

Immigrant Business Showcase: Digital Coupons

September 1, 2023

Download the 2023 Immigrant Business Showcase Coupons here!

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The Welcoming Week 2023 pocket guide is here!

August 31, 2023

Explore all 2023 Welcoming Week Events with this pocket-sized event guide, which contains the date, time, and location of each event, as well as information about this year's theme, the Immigrant Business Showcase, and our partners.

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Akua Forkuo-Sekyere selected as next Director of the New American Welcome Center

June 24, 2023

Akua Forkuo-Sekyere grew up the daughter of immigrants from Ghana, and she’ll be putting her family experience to work as the next director of the New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA.

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