PHOTOS BY Ann Arbor Miller (from Welcoming Week 2015’s Community Table event)
Throughout the week of September 16-25, Fargo-Moorhead will join together to host events and activities as a part of National Welcoming Week. Welcoming America is the national organization behind National Welcoming Week, and partners with cities across the country to host this great week that brings together immigrants and U.S.-born community members.
“The general idea of Welcoming Week is to promote social and economic integration, not only of the refugee population, which we see more of here than in other places, but also your immigrant population,” said Kevin Brooks, President of the New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment and facilitator of the event.
This is the second year of the Fargo- Moorhead community being involved in Welcoming Week. Brooks stated that they had 14 different events throughout the week last year and are looking at 25 this year after the efforts of 162 volunteer hours. All of the events tend to be a mix of social things such as picnics and brewery social hours or economic integration with events such as workshops on job preparation or how to start your own business if you’re a refugee or immigrant.
This is the time for Fargo-Moorhead to come together and build a neighborhood of nations, learn about different programs and resources in the community and to help newcomers feel welcomed. There are plenty of ways to get involved and join in on the festivities of Welcoming Week in Fargo-Moorhead.
Here are a few things you won’t want to miss out on, but you can find a full listing of events and more details at newamericanconsortium.org/celebrations/welcoming-week and at the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo’s Welcoming Week Facebook page: facebook.com/welcomingfmarea.
Welcoming Week Family Program
September 17 from 1 – 4 p.m.
A free family program with live music and artistic instrument making.
Plains Art Museum
704 1st Ave. N, Fargo
Community Table Community Meal
September 18 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Growing Together (Community Garden Ministry) and the Cultural Diversity Resource Center will host a community meal harvested from community gardens.
4315 18th Ave. S, Fargo
International Peace Day Celebration
September 18 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Inspirational program from oral tradition and sacred scriptures.
Fargo Public Library – Carlson
2801 32nd Ave. S, Fargo
ND Job Fair Workshop
September 20 from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
A workshop to help prepare job seekers for the citywide job fair on September 27.
Job Service North Dakota
1350 32nd St. S, Fargo
Immigrant Entrepreneur Event
September 20 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Local immigrants who are business owners or entrepreneurs will be sharing their stories and advice.
International Market Plaza
1345 Main Ave., Fargo
New American Potluck & Cultural Event
September 23 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Food and conversation with New Americans, LSS staff and the community.
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
3911 20th Ave. S, Fargo
Grand Opening & Barbeque for the New American Consortium
September 23 from 3 – 7 p.m.
Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment.
New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment
15 21st St. S, Fargo
Welcoming Week Soccer Tournament
September 24 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Teams that represent refugees, immigrants and the community will be playing for the World Cup of Fargo.
Johnson-American Legion Soccer Fields
1498 11th Ave. N, Fargo