Nebraska communities celebrate largest Welcoming Week ever

Nebraskans showed their commitment to strong, inclusive communities with events across the state that brought together new and long-time neighbors during Welcoming Week 2017, the largest ever in Nebraska. From South Sioux City to Lexington, from Crete to Omaha – Nebraskans hosted potluck meals, film screenings and community festivals. This year there were more than […]

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Nebraska communities show how welcoming is done

Many Nebraska communities are recognizing the value of welcoming new neighbors and making their communities a place where everyone feels welcome. Several Nebraska towns are now being recognized as leaders in what rural communities can do! Welcoming America has highlighted these great efforts in “A Cornhusker Welcome” with photos and stories of Nebraska neighbors of […]

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Nebraska communities to celebrate National Welcoming Week

Nebraska communities are holding events celebrating how our towns are made stronger by welcoming new neighbors from all different cultures and backgrounds during the 5th annual National Welcoming Week September 16-25. National Welcoming Week is a nationwide series of events where communities bring together new and long-time residents in a spirit of unity to raise […]

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Immigrant Heritage Month – Tim and Heather

June is Immigrant Heritage Month. Throughout the month, we’ll be celebrating both our diversity and our shared American heritage by telling the stories of individuals that, together, comprise a uniquely American narrative. “Today, I look at the people trying to come to America. They are no different from my ancestors who came. My heart goes […]

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First Lincoln Unites! festival celebrates strength of diversity

Lincoln did indeed unite this past weekend in a new festival celebrating the city’s vibrant mix of cultures with activities for all ages. If you missed the day’s African drumming, henna tattoos, delicious food, and moving citizenship ceremony, read on for a vicarious experience and mark your calendar to watch for the 2nd annual event […]

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Nebraskans celebrate Welcoming Week 2015

Welcoming Week 2015 was the biggest ever, marking a significant moment for the Welcoming movement from September 12-20. People across the United States joined in by participating in Welcoming Week, a national movement that aims to celebrate and honor the contributions that immigrants make to our local communities every day. This fourth annual event that […]

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Cookies with a purpose

I must admit, I’ve always been a sucker for baked goods. Still, there’s something special about the banana bread filled with chocolate chips baked by Delores de la Torre. After sitting in her kitchen for an hour and hearing her story, I know why it tastes so good. Delores, a mother of four, a full-time […]

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World Refugee Day opens eyes to refugee stories

Meeting neighbors, finding shared values, and learning about the richness of the combined cultures of all of the people who are proud to call Nebraska home is exciting and can help us to overcome what often divides us. Here, Olivia, an Appleseed intern, shares her experience at the recent World Refugee Day Celebration in Omaha. […]

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New Americans share their stories at World Refugee Day 2015

I could list many things that I love about Nebraska. The beautiful countryside, the bike paths, and the friendly neighbors are just a few. After attending Omaha Benson High School’s World Refugee Day Celebration last week, it reaffirmed another thing that I love about my state: diversity. Many may not be aware of the diverse […]

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Holocaust survivor’s story told in Omaha with ‘Fabric of Survival’ quilt project

This is a guest post from Rachel Peric, Deputy Director of Welcoming America and a board member of Art and Remembrance. In 1977, at the age of 50, my grandmother, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, decided she wanted her family to see what her childhood home in Poland looked like. A survivor of the Holocaust, my grandmother […]

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