Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S. born Americans. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere, community by community, in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometown. In that spirit, the first National Welcoming Day on September 8, 2012 will mobilize volunteers from all backgrounds to conduct community service events across the country, help build bridges between the diverse members of our communities, and embrace and honor the spirit of unity that emerged after the September 11 tragedy.
Welcoming America's affiliates are located in 20 states. Using its growing network of community-based and governmental organizations, Welcoming America will bring together immigrants and longtime residents in cities and towns across America to work side-by-side on local community improvement efforts that promote community unity, an important message in the lead-up to the remembrance of September 11.
Welcoming America will build the capacity of its affiliates and the broader network of organizations working with volunteers through technical assistance, financial support, evaluation and media relations. A local media strategy will promote positive messages about the contributions of immigrants to the United States and build momentum for the day. It is estimated that an average of 100 volunteers will be engaged per site, for a total of 2,000 volunteers participating in the National Welcoming Day.