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City of Bend Celebrates Welcoming Week

Post Date:09/05/2019 12:30 PM

Beginning on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, the City of Bend joins numerous community partners in celebrating Welcoming Week, a series of community-organized events that highlight the principles of inclusion and create communities that prosper because everyone feels welcome. 

Welcoming Week takes place Sept. 13 to 22. Festivities begin with a Kick-off Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Latino Community Association. The event is free and open to the public.

Additional Welcoming Week events include Latino Fest, a community picnic and field day, allyship training, a film screening, a meet and greet with City officials, and more. View the Welcoming Week webpage for a full list of events.

In addition to attending Welcoming Week events, community members are encouraged to participate on a social media. Participants can post a photo with an “I’m a Welcomer” sign to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Tag the City of Bend page and use the hashtags #IWelcome and #WelcomingWeek to show support for Welcoming Week. There is also a “Bend Welcoming Week” photo frame available to add to Facebook profile photos.

Welcoming Week is a series of events in the community that raise awareness about Bend’s status as a Welcoming City and the benefits of welcoming everyone, including immigrants and refugees. On June 21, 2017, the Bend City Council unanimously supported a resolution for the City of Bend to become a Welcoming City. Participation in Welcoming Week is one of the requirements for recognition as a Welcoming City.

For more information about Welcoming Week, including event and social media information, visit www.bendoregon.gov/welcomingweek.

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