Through Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.

At a time when political rhetoric has deepened divisions and the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed anti-immigrant sentiment, Welcoming Week reminds us to double down on our inclusive vision and find new ways to bring together people across lines of difference to develop greater understanding and mutual support.

In 2019, there were over 2,500 Welcoming Week events in 250 communities, with more than 80,000 people participating and over 10 million social media impressions.

Thrive Mahoning Valley is proud to be the Mahoning Valley planning organization for Welcoming Week. This year, we will host one or more virtual events to spread the word of the benefits of welcoming immigrants to the Mahoning Valley. More information coming soon!

This year, Welcoming Week will take place September 12-20, 2020, under the theme of “Creating Home Together”. This is what it means:

Home is not just a house.

Home is any place where you feel safe and accepted: in your neighborhood, in your community, at work.

Ultimately, home is where you feel you most belong.

In this pandemic, we may be redefining where home is, what makes us feel at home, or how to make home a more inclusive and equal place for all.

This Welcoming Week, let’s build home in new ways through virtual spaces, digital sharing, and being together even when we’re alone.

Let’s create home together so everyone feels they belong, no matter where you are, or where you are from, so that each of us has a stake in its future.


Check out some of the photos from our 2019 events. 




Want to get involved during welcoming week? Here are a few ways to participate:

  • Attend an official Welcoming Week event in 2020
  • Use the hashtags #WelcomingWeek and #MVWelcoming on social media
  • Show your support by adding our Welcoming Week social media profile photo frame
    Facebook: Go to and search for Welcoming America
    Twitter: Go to to add the frame to your profile photo
  • Consider hosting an event for Welcoming Week in 2020
  • Donate to Thrive Mahoning Valley. We're a 501(c)3 nonprofit and your donation will be used to directly impact our welcoming initiatives here in the Mahoning Valley. Click here to donate


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