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Creating Communities of Welcome Webinar Series

We invite you to join us for this webinar series focused on inspiring, mobilizing and empowering Americans to create communities of welcome. We’ll explore the many ways that you can Be a Welcomer and help newcomers as they rebuild their lives in this country.


Preparing for Arrivals (II)

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
1:30 pm ET/ 10:30 am PT

The anticipation is building, you are preparing for a newcomer’s arrival!

This webinar will set sponsors up for success as they prepare to welcome a newcomer family. We will review checklists for securing and preparing accommodations, determining initial support needs, raising sponsorship funds, and provide guidance on available local resources.

Moderated by Molly Hilligoss, Network Director, Welcoming America    

More information on speakers for this event will be shared soon.

The First 90 days (II)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2022
1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT

This webinar will focus on taking sponsors through the process of guiding newcomers through their first 90 days in the U.S. From securing the appropriate documents (e.g., Social Security card), government benefits, healthcare enrollments, enrolling children in school, familiarizing newcomers with their new city/town, helping with a job search and much more

SPEAKERS: 

Nandu Subedi, Director of Refugee Resettlement, Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services
Nadia Mavrakis, Chief Executive Officer, Culturlingua
Kristen Wagner,  Legal Projects Coordinator, Immigrant Arc
And more.

Part 6: Cultural Orientation

Monday August 15, 2022
4:00PM ET/1:00PM PT

This webinar will help sponsors to develop cross-cultural competence and give them confidence in navigating American and Ukrainian cultural differences.

More information on speakers for this event will be shared soon.

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Creating Communities of Welcome Webinar Series


Part 5: The First 90 Days

JULY 26, 2022
4:30 PM ET/1:30 PM PT

This webinar will focus on taking sponsors through the process of guiding newcomers through their first 90 days in the U.S. From securing the appropriate documents (e.g., Social Security card), government benefits, healthcare enrollments, enrolling children in school, familiarizing newcomers with their new city/town, helping with a job search and much more.

Event Participants:

Sediqa Fahimi, Director of Project Operations & Strategy, Welcome.us 
Greg Marino, Program Officer for Community Sponsorship Training, International Rescue Committee
Mykola Murskyj, Director of Government Affairs, RazomforUkraine.org

Part 4: Preparing for Arrivals

JUL 14, 2022

The fourth webinar in the series provided an overview of the tools and resources needed to prepare for newcomers' arrivals such as creating a welcome plan, securing and furnishing housing, stocking culturally appropriate foods, etc.

EVENT SPEAKERS:
Una Bilic, Community Sponsorship Program Officer, International Rescue Committee
Aubrey Grant, Program Officer Community Sponsorship Hub
Anya McMurray, President and COO, Welcome.US

Part 3: Sponsorship Step-by-Step

JUL 8, 2022

This webinar is a follow-up to Community Sponsorship 101 and provided in-depth information on the Uniting for Ukraine initiative including a review of the application process, the legal and financial commitments of sponsorship, and a demonstration of the powerful Welcome Connect, matching platform.

EVENT SPEAKERS:
Denise Bell, Partnerships Director, Welcome.us
Andrij Dobriansky, Director of Communications, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA)
Olga Khomyak, Immigration Attorney, Member of the Ukrainian Immigration Task Force
Rachel Quint, Vice President of Project Operations and Strategy, Welcome.us
Deb Stein, Senior Liaison, Strategic Partnerships Community Sponsorship Hub,

Part 2: Community Sponsorship 101

JUNE 28, 2022

The second webinar in the Creating Community of Welcome series presented an overview of the innovative community sponsorship model and the Uniting for Ukraine initiative. The webinar tackled such questions as: What does it mean to be a sponsor? How are newcomers and sponsors matched? What resources are available for sponsors? How do I begin the application process?

EVENT SPEAKERS:
Denise Bell, Partnerships Director, Welcome.us
Aubrey Grant, Program Officer Community Sponsorship Hub
Olga Khomyak, Immigration Attorney, Member of the Ukrainian Immigration Task Force
Rachel Quint, Vice President of Project Operations and Strategy, Welcome.us
Deb Stein, Senior Liaison, Strategic Partnerships Community Sponsorship Hub,

Part 1: Addressing the Refugee Crisis

JUNE 22, 2022

World Refugee Day, on June 20, recognized the more than 100 million people worldwide who are displaced by conflict or persecution. The first webinar in the Creating Communities of Welcome series, examined the current state of the crisis and explored new solutions Welcome.US is developing to support communities that are embracing newcomers.

EVENT SPEAKERS:
Nazanin Ash, CEO, Welcome.US
Anya McMurray, President and COO, Welcome.US
Rachel Quint, Vice President, Operations and Strategy, Welcome.US
Kit Taintor, Vice President of Policy and Practice, Welcome.US