Governor Snyder Proclaims Welcoming Week in Michigan!

During the week of September 15th, Welcoming Michigan will join other Welcoming America affiliates and partners across the country in celebrating the first ever National Welcoming Week. This nationwide event will promote meaningful connections and a spirit of unity between U.S. and foreign-born Americans by providing opportunities to learn about each other and work together for the greater good.

To mark the occasion Governor Rick Snyder has issued a Welcoming Week Proclamation (see Proclamation langauge below) and joins with Welcoming Michigan and its partners “to encourage citizens of the Great Lakes State to recognize the importance of working together in order to create and support strong, secure and successful places to live, work and play for years to come.” Governor Snyder is part of a growing cadre of leaders from Dayton to Chicago who see benefits for creating a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants and who want to make their cities and states friendlier to foreign-born residents. “As we work to reinvent Michigan,” Snyder proclaims, “we must create welcoming communities that leverage the full potential of all who live there, capitalizing on diverse perspectives, cultures and talents for knowledge, creativity and innovation to thrive.”

During Welcoming Week, Michigan residents can show support for their new neighbors by attending one of the following events, or by visiting the website for more ways to get involved. “We encourage everyone to start by talking to their neighbor,” says Christine Sauvé of Welcoming Michigan. “Then share your story with us and join the conversation on our facebook page.”

Welcoming Week Activities

Welcoming Michigan members kicked the week off early on Sunday September 9th by participating in the Acts of Kindness (A-OK) community service day organized by a group of 20 plus local nonprofit and faith organizations dedicated to inspiring community spirit and interfaith education. The Chadsey Condon neighborhood of southwest Detroit was one of many project sites and volunteers helped beautify the area surrounding a new school garden by painting mural over graffiti.

On Saturday September 15th, Welcoming Michigan volunteers in Hamtramck will join the Detroit New Americans Collaborative in hosting Citizenship Day at the Hamtramck Public Library. From 10am to 3pm eligible legal permanent residents can receive assistance in completing their naturalization application.

On Friday September 21st, the Welcoming Michigan group in Chadsey Condon will join the Unity In Our Community TimeBank in hosting a $1 cooking class at Bridging Communities. Starting at 6pm, volunteer Chef Maria will teach participants how to make sopes, a Mexican dish. Future cooking classes will highlight other local cuisines, including Arabic, Soul Food, and Italian.

Also on Saturday September 15, from 2:30-5pm Welcoming Michigan members will join the American Muslim Diversity Association (AMDA) in a ground breaking ceremony for their new center in Sterling Heights.

Monday September 24, 4:30-6:30pm, Hamtramck residents will screen the “Welcome to Shelbyville” film at the Senior Plaza.

Extending into October, Welcoming Michigan volunteers will once again join the Detroit New Americans Collaborative, this time for a Naturalization Workshop in Sterling on Saturday October 6th. From 10am to 3pm eligible legal permanent residents can receive assistance in completing their applications for citizenship.

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State of Michigan

Certificate of Proclamation

On Behalf of the People of Michigan I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 15 through September 23, 2012 as WELCOMING WEEK

WHEREAS, the success of our state and nation has always been the product of our unique capacity to welcome the contributions and spirit of entrepreneurship of all people, regardless of race, gender, creed or country of origin; and,

WHEREAS, immigrants account for large and growing shares of our nation’s economy, and make up six percent of Michigan’s population; and,

WHEREAS, as we work to reinvent Michigan, we must create welcoming communities that leverage the full potential of all who live there, capitalizing on diverse perspectives, cultures and talents for knowledge, creativity and innovation to thrive; and

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with Welcoming Michigan and its partners to encourage citizens of the Great Lakes State to recognize the importance of working together in order to create and support strong, secure and successful places to live, work and play for years to come;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, September 15 through Sunday, September 23, 2012 as Welcoming Week in Michigan.

Rick Snyder

Governor