Welcoming Roanoke

Welcoming Week 2019 is September 13-22, 2019.

For more information about Welcoming Week & Welcoming America, click here.

welcoming-roanoke-horiz-logoEveryone is welcome in the City of Roanoke. 

Welcoming Week (#welcomingroanoke; #IAmAWelcomer)

The City of Roanoke celebrated its first Welcoming Week in September 2018. More than 400 people participated in a wide variety of events, including a Soccer Party, Intro to Arabic Class, Multilingual Adult Spelling Bee, a free Cultural Intelligence Workshop, Community Potluck and Immigration Discussion, Welcoming Week Trivia, and a LatinX Job Fair. In addition to hosting events, the city distributed 2,400+ welcomer buttons, stickers, flyers, postcards, and posters throughout the community. 

The City of Roanoke has received the Gateways for Growth Challenge grant, which will provide technical assistance in creating an immigrant integration plan to help make our community more welcoming and equitable for all people. City staff is diligently working on this plan and will share it later this year. 

Find out more information and take the survey at PlanRoanoke.org.

Check out our Welcoming Week "Storyteller Videos" by clicking here.


Welcoming Roanoke Events:
(If you have an event you would like added, please email: citizenengagement@roanokeva.gov)

Changing the Narrative Community Dinner
Thursday, November 14th, 6pm-9pm
Grace Covenant Church
One Community, Una Comunidad: Learn the long history of Hispanics in the area & the diversity within that community.

Citizenship Trivia with Blue Ridge Literacy & Starr Hill Brewery
Sunday, November 17th, 4pm-6pm
Blue Ridge Literacy - 706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24016

Latin Dance Party at Inka
Saturday, November 23rd, 9pm-2am
The Patrick Henry, 611 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24011
www.SalsaNoke.com or email: SalsaNoke@gmail.com

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Roanoke
Wednesday, November 27th, 7pm
Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave., SW Roanoke, VA 24016

Community Potluck
Friday, December 13th, 12:30pm-2pm
Blue Ridge Literacy - 706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24016
RSVP to Sara at: sgeres@brlit.org

FarmBurguesa(Grandin Village) - Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting
1908 Memorial Ave., SW Roanoke, VA 24015
Wednesday, December 25th, 10am-8pm