Welcoming Week September 10 – 19, 2021, is an opportunity to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, parents, and colleagues, and to make our communities more welcoming to all those who call southwest Minnesota home.
This Welcoming Week, let’s declare that Belonging Begins With US — that each and every one of us has the power to help others, regardless of their background, to be seen, embraced, welcomed and included in our vibrant communities.
The purpose of Welcoming Week is to elevate a spirit of unity that shows the successful multi-racial democracy we can be if everyone truly belongs in the places they call home, including immigrants. Southwest Initiative Foundation is proud to be part of Welcoming Week as a Welcoming America member. By acknowledging belonging begins with us, we call for our neighborhoods, communities and workplaces in the region to be welcoming places where everyone belongs.
Local Welcoming Week celebrations
Communities around the region are building a sense of belonging by celebrating Welcoming Week locally; see a list below and visit our events calendar more event information as community-led plans come together.
- Glencoe, Sept. 11
- Granite Falls, Sept. 18
- Hutchinson, Sept. 12
- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Sept. 12
- Marshall, Sept. 18
- Montevideo, Sept. 11
- Willmar, Sept. 11
- Windom, Sept. 18, 21
- Worthington, Sept. 14-19
About Welcoming Week
Since 2012, Welcoming Week has served as the annual campaign and celebration led by Welcoming America to showcase the growing movement of communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including immigrants. By fostering mutual respect and cooperation between new and long-time residents, Welcoming Week brings together people across lines of difference toward greater prosperity for all. Southwest Initiative Foundation is a Welcoming America member.