Nebraska communities across the state to celebrate National Welcoming Week

Events September 14-23 highlight value of diversity and welcoming new neighbors
Nebraska communities across the state are holding events celebrating how our towns are made stronger by welcoming new neighbors from all different cultures and backgrounds during the 7th annual National Welcoming Week September 14-23. 
Organized by local communities across the country, National Welcoming Week is a nationwide series of events bringing together new and long-time residents in a spirit of unity, highlighting the benefits to everyone of a welcoming community. Launched by Welcoming America in 2012, National Welcoming Week has continued to grow, and this year is expected to be the largest celebration yet. In 2017, there were more than 700 events across the country.
“National Welcoming Week gives Nebraskans a chance to celebrate our rich cultural heritage and welcoming communities,” said Lee Kreimer, program associate at Nebraska Is Home. “People from many different backgrounds have contributed to Nebraska’s culture and called Nebraska home – creating strong, vibrant communities for us all.”
Click here for a list of National Welcoming Week events in Nebraska
Nebraska Welcoming Week events to include:
• Columbus Family YMCA + Centro Hispano partnership for Welcoming Week
• September 22, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Nebraskans for Peace annual conference at UNK. Workshops, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.
• September 9, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – United by Culture 2018. Family friendly, food, and entertainment!
• September 14, 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM – Welcoming Week Celebration at Indigo Bridge Books. 
• September 20, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Fiesta on the Green. Music, dance, food! Hosted by UNL Oasis.
• September 21- 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM – Half Way to St. Pat’s Hooley. Hosted by International Order of Hibernians-Lincoln Chapter.
• September 23, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Harvest Moon Festival. Food, cultural activities, games, lantern lighting, and more.
• September 29 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM – KZUM Arts and Culture Festival. Live music, art, vendors, workshops, and food trucks.
• September 13, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Latino Heritage Month Luncheon. Featuring local community leaders. 
• September 14-16 – Fiesta Patrias Omaha 2018. Parade, food, vendor and health fair, music, and dance, and a cultural celebration featuring traditions of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and other Latin American countries. 
• September 14-23 – Weeklong Welcoming Week Activities at Omaha YMCA.
• September 14, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – YMCA of Greater Omaha + College of St. Mary Lunch and Learn. A lunch-and-learn discussion about the short film “My Dear Americans.”
• September 19, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – YMCA of Greater Omaha + Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center Lunch and Learn. A lunch-and-learn discussion about the short film “My Dear Americans.”
South Sioux City
• September 15 – Multicultural Independence Parade 
• September 15, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Street Party. Food, music, and celebration for Welcoming Week’s activities in South Sioux City.
• September 17 – Citizenship Day Celebration at Mary J. Treglia Community House. Tours at 7:45 AM and 4:00 PM; open house all day. Citizenship trivia.
• September 21 – Naturalization Clinic at Mary J. Treglia Community House. By appointment.
• September 21 – “Prepare to Naturalize” at Mary J. Treglia Community House. 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 3:00 PM presentations on the steps to become a citizen and changes in the process. 
• September 25, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Immigration Simulation at Mary J. Treglia Community House.