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Welcoming Cities are guided by the principles of inclusion and creating communities that prosper because everyone feels welcome, including immigrants and refugees.

On June 21, 2017, the Bend City Council unanimously supported a resolution for the City of Bend to be recognized as a Welcoming City.


As a Welcoming City, we join other welcoming communities around the country in celebrating Welcoming Week, Sept. 13-22, 2019.  Welcoming Week is a series of events in our community that brings together immigrants and those born within their countries in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across their communities and affirm the benefits of welcoming everyone. 

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There are lots of ways you can get involved in Welcoming Week in Bend!

Host an Event

  • Interested in hosting a Welcoming Week event? Contact Joshua Romero at or (541) 550-0243.

Share on Social Media

  • Post a photo with the "I'm a Welcomer" sign 
  • Add the "Bend Welcoming Week" frame to your Facebook profile photo
    • Go to
    • Search for "Bend Welcoming Week"
    • Select the frame you want to use (English or Spanish).
    • Click "Use as Profile Picture" to save.

Show Support at Your Business or Home

  • Download and print the "I'm a Welcomer" sign
  • Post it in the window of your business or home to let people know you are a Welcomer

Attend Events

  • Check out the Welcoming Week events online or download the event calendar (coming soon)
  • Attend events to show support for and inclusion of our diverse communities

Talk to Your Family and Friends

  • Get an "I'm a Welcomer" button at Welcoming Week events and wear it with pride
  • Spread the word about Welcoming Week and what it means to be a Welcoming City
  • Encourage friends and family to attend Welcoming Week events with you

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Welcoming Week Kick-off

September 13, 6-8 p.m.

Latino Community Association, 2445 NE Division St., Bend, OR

Celebrate the diversity of Central Oregon with delicious snacks, music and dancing on the grass by the Deschutes River.


Latino Fest

September 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sahalee Park, SE 7th and C Streets, Madras, OR

Once again, LCA will fill this space with local music and dance groups, a mariachi band, nonprofit booths, food carts, and activities for kids in its second annual celebration of Latino culture.


Field Day

September 15, 1-3 p.m.

Kiwanis Park, 800 SE Centennial St., Bend, OR


Bilingual Meet and Greet (Venga y Conozca) with the City of Bend

September 16, 6-8 p.m.

Bend Parks & Recreation District, 799 SW Columbia St., Bend, OR

City of Bend departments will provide a safe and welcoming space to talk with residents and listen to their questions and concerns. Spanish interpreters will help residents whose voices are not usually heard to communicate with City staff and elected officials. It’s a chance to meet your neighbors, participate in development of the City, munch on snacks and win prizes. 


Combating Hate in Bend

September 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd., Bend, OR

How can we make Bend a safe place to live for migrant and other marginalized communities? This educational event brings marginalized and privileged communities together to create pathways for action. A 45-minute panel discussion begins the evening. Following the Q&A discussion, there will be a screening of the film Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness. After the film, there will be a brief Action Session with refreshments.


Allyship Training

September 18, 6-8:30 p.m.

Pilot Butte Middle School, Cafeteria, 1501 NE Neff Rd., Bend, OR

This workshop will explore Oregon and Central Oregon’s history of racism and immigration, manifested both in policy and local events. Participants will get the chance to learn tools and strategies for interrupting oppressive remarks and supporting people of color, immigrants, refugees and others with marginalized identities. Snacks are provided. PLEASE RSVP ONLINE FOR THIS FREE EVENT.


Driver’s License Celebration

September 21, 1-3 p.m.

Bend Municipal Court, 555 NE 15th St, Bend, OR 97701

Learn about HB2015 that was signed into Oregon Law on August 9, 2019, and learn the next steps for obtaining a driver’s license. Snacks are provided.


Peace Service

September 21, 6-7 p.m.

Shalom Bayit (House of Peace), 21555 Modoc Lane, Bend, OR

“Embrace Peace” is the theme for Interfaith Network of Central Oregon’s annual Peace Service that will be held at Shalom Bayit (House of Peace).  Prayers for peace from many religions and cultures will be shared and we will discuss how the concept of Human Security can promote peace. All are welcome! Refreshments to follow the event.

Thank you to all of our community partners!

Allyship in Action

Bend FC Timbers

Bend-La Pine Schools

Bend Park & Recreation District 

Bend Police Department

Central Oregon Community College

Deschutes Public Library

Embrace Bend

Immigrant Solidarity Network

Indivisible Bend

Interfaith Network of Central Oregon

Latino Community Association

Oregon League of Conservation Voters

OUT Central Oregon

Restorative Justice and Equity Group

Rise Up International

The Environmental Center

The Vocal Seniority

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