Welcoming Roanoke

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Everyone is welcome in the City of Roanoke. 

To celebrate national Welcoming Week, the City of Roanoke and local partners are hosting a series of events that bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to promote the benefits of welcoming everyone in our community. 

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Welcoming Week 2018 Events:

Friday, Sept. 14: Welcoming Roanoke Pick-Up Soccer Tournament

Join us on Friday, Sept. 14 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Star City Soccer's indoor soccer facility located at 3624 Aerial Way Dr., Roanoke VA 24018 for snacks, a live DJ, and pick-up soccer matches. All soccer enthusiasts are encouraged to attend! 

CANCELED: Roanoke Welcoming Week Community Party

Celebrate our community's diversity and meet your neighbors while enjoying music, free food, and interactive activities at this family-friendly Welcoming Week celebration. The celebration will take place between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. at the Williamson Road Library Branch, 3837 Williamson Rd. NW, Roanoke, VA 24012.

Unfortunately the community party scheduled for Sept. 15 has been canceled due inclement weather.

Monday, Sept. 17: Free Intro to Arabic Class

This free beginner's intro to Arabic class is being offered by the Roanoke Public Libraries at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Main Library Auditorium located at 706 Jefferson St. View Flyer

Wednesday, Sept. 19: Adult Spelling Bee

On Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Roanoke Public Libraries and Blue Ridge Literacy are hosting their first multilingual Adult Spelling Bee! The competition will take place at the Williamson Road Library Branch and will feature English words and vocabulary from other languages. Registration for this class is required. For more information, please contact Macklyn Mosley at 540-853-1057. View Flyer  | Register Online

Thursday, Sept. 20: Beyond Hola Free Training for Non-Profit Staff

Join Roanoke Spanish and Local Colors for their annual cultural intelligence workshop to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This workshop is free and open to regional non-profit organizations. Lunch is provided and registration is required. Please reserve your spot via Eventbrite or email info@roanokespanish.com. View Flyer

Thursday, Sept. 20: Community Potluck and Immigration Discussion

Join Delegate Sam Rasoul and representatives from Senator Tim Kaine's office on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 for a free potluck dinner and community discussion. This is an opportunity for immigrants and refugees to connect with local and State leaders, ask questions about open cases, and discuss any challenges that they may face in a safe and supportive environment. Attendees are encouraged to bring a potluck dish, but it is not required. The event is taking place at the Williamson Road Library Branch, located at 3837 Williamson Rd. NW.

For more information, please contact Commonwealth Catholic Charities at 540-342-7561 or the Office of Delegate Sam Rasoul at 540-904-6905. View Flyer

Thursday, Sept. 20: #WelcomingRoanoke Trivia at Big Lick Brewing Company

Join us for two rounds of trivia at Roanoke's Big Lick Brewing Company, located at 409 Salem Ave. SW, on Thursday, Sept. 20. Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Saturday, Sept. 22: LatinX Job Fair hosted by Roanoke Spanish

This family-friendly community event and job fair offers members of Roanoke's Hispanic community the opportunity to connect with local employers and meet neighbors. The fair is taking place at the Kirk Family YMCA between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m. View Flyer (English) |  View Flyer (Spanish)

Ongoing Programs: 

  • Post-it Note Window Challenge

  • "I'm a Welcomer" Window Sign

  • Welcoming Roanoke Kindness Rocks Project

For more information about this year's Welcoming Roanoke activities and how you can get involved, please contact Roanoke's Citizen Engagement Officer, Whitney Slightham, at whitney.slightham@roanokeva.gov or 540-853-6428.

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Welcoming Week 2018 is presented by: 

City of Roanoke (Roanoke Public Libraries, Stormwater, Fire-EMS, Police Department, Neighborhood Services, and Citizen Engagement), Freedom First Credit Union, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Star City Soccer, Roanoke Kindness Rocks Project, Refugee Dialogue Committee, Star City Reads, Blue Ridge Literacy, Local Colors, Roanoke Spanish, RealRoanoke, WRABA, and Points of Diversity. 

Download the event flyers below to share the event with your friends and family! 

Welcoming Week 2018 Flyer (Print PDF Version)

Welcoming Week 2018 Flyer (Digital Version)