Montgomery County Joins Local Community Organizations to Celebrate Welcoming Week Sept. 10-19

by Patrick Herron
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Per Montgomery County:

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Montgomery County Government, along with Montgomery County Public Schools and local community organizations are celebrating Welcoming Week, Sept. 10-19.

The annual campaign started in 2012 by Welcoming America and showcases efforts by communities across the United States to be welcoming places for all, including newly arriving families and children.

The 2021 theme of Welcoming Week, “Belonging Begins with Us,” urges all residents of Montgomery County to continue efforts to build a strong, welcoming community.

“During these unprecedented times due to COVID-19 and deep divisions within our nation, Montgomery County is a community of compassion, inclusion, and welcoming to those seeking temporary refuge or a permanent home,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Welcoming Week epitomizes this County’s commitment to all our residents. We welcome and understand that new residents, along with long-time residents, are a vital part of our community, bringing ideas, starting businesses, serving in civic roles, working in critical industries, and contributing to the vibrant diversity that we value.”

Partner organizations will participate in the following events:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 15, noon – 1 p.m., Crossroads Farmers Market—joint proclamation will be presented to commemorate and celebrate Welcoming Week 2021.
  • Thursday, Sept. 16, 1 – 2 p.m., Twitter chat sponsored by @MCAELTeam with participating organizations on how they help residents call Montgomery County home.
  • Friday, Sept. 17, 4 – 6 p.m., English Now Community Service Fair and Ice Cream Social, at Caroline Freeland Urban Park, 7200 Arlington Road, Bethesda.

The Montgomery County Welcoming Committee is made up of participating organizations such as Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center, Community Reach of Montgomery County, Identity, English Now!, the Washington Center for International Education and Silver Spring-based CHEER (Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research).

Follow MCAEL for additional event and community resource information and join the conversation by using the hashtag #MoCoWeWelcome.

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