Momentum is building in the welcoming movement as more communities across the United States and the world are recognizing that immigrants and refugees make us stronger economically, socially, and culturally. In 2015, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh became two of 40 early acceptors, having signed on to the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign. This campaign accelerates the growing movement of communities that are becoming more prosperous by embracing immigrants and fostering opportunity for all.
Again this year, ACLA is proud to support the welcoming movement. Our public libraries facilitate the building of inclusive communities that enable all residents to thrive, while advancing immigrant civic, linguistic and economic integration. They celebrate communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong.
Please join us in celebrating Welcoming Week 2016. Once again, we will enjoy a variety of events in which communities bring together immigrants and U.S. born residents in a spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans. Last year, our libraries were part of the 245 events in over 80 communities during Welcoming Week, with more than 22,000 people participating.