Nebraska communities show how welcoming is done

Mohamed Omar, owner of an African Store in Schuyler, Neb.
Photo by Marcelo Asher Quarantotto

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 diverse backgrounds – immigrant and long-time residents – working together to build strong communities.

Places like Crete, Schuyler, Columbus, Lincoln, South Sioux and others are bringing together leaders from schools, libraries, business, nonprofits, city governments, and faith institutions to plan for community inclusion and to find creative ways with local flair for neighbors to meet neighbors.

Partners like Center for Rural Affairs, Justice For Our Neighbors, Centro Hispano Comunitario de Nebraska, Heartland Workers Center and many more statewide and local nonprofits serve as valuable resources committed to supporting local welcoming efforts.

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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 – Elizabeth Jane’s story

Note: This is a post from Nebraska Is Home intern Adoni Faxas. 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. I believe that America was a land of immigrants, and people can […]

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Immigrant Heritage Month – Fernando and Cameron

“The big realization for me when I left my insulated town was that I have no idea what it is like for other people to live.” Fernando’s story: I am from El Paso, Texas. I guess I am a first or second-generation immigrant. My grandmother is from a small village outside Chihuahua, Mexico. My dad […]

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Immigrant Heritage Month – David and Jezharela

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. “A lot of people don’t realize what others sacrifice to come here. They don’t always come because they are poor or need a […]

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Immigrant Heritage Month – Sourabh and Madeline

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. “If you tell an Indian person you are going to meet them, it is generally a time of day as opposed to a […]

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Immigrant Heritage Month – Peggy and Pepe

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. “Mom came here all by herself looking for work. She was chasing the American Dream. When she first came over, she learned English […]

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Immigrant Heritage Month – VJ and Mary

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. “I kind of like the mystery of my heritage because then there are no ties to the past and I get to think […]

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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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