During this annual series of events across the country, communities bring together immigrants, refugees, returning citizens, international students, and long-time residents in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across the community and affirm the benefits of welcoming everyone. In 2018, there were over 2,000 events in 400 communities during the week, with more than 80,000 people participating and over 14 million social media impressions.

Welcoming Week 2019 took place Sept. 13-22.  This was the first celebration in the Mahoning Valley. ThriveMV completed an intense listening campaign as part of our strategic planning process. Thank you to all who participated. 

For more information on Welcoming Week, visit Welcoming America


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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