News Flash

City News

Posted on: September 10, 2021

City Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming

welcoming week

The City of Portland will celebrate Welcoming Week by featuring its second We Are Portland Recipes for Welcoming initiative.

The City is proud to be a part of Welcoming Week, which is demonstrating that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of all backgrounds are coming together to create stronger, more prosperous communities. It is a time to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, parents, and colleagues, and to make our towns more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home. 

The theme for this year’s Welcoming Week (Sep 10th - 19th) is “Belonging Begins with Us”. The initiative is led and championed by the national organization Welcoming America. In concert with that, the City has partnered with Wayside Food programs to feature Recipes for Welcoming, where we will bring the entire community together through food. 

The main concept is to customize the boxes already being distributed within the food insecurity system with two recipes: one from Jamaica and one from Latin America, with all the necessary ingredients to make those two meals. 

We will also seek the engagement of those who are food secured, who have had the option to order the meal kits online through the Recipes for Welcoming website and who will be picking them up on Monday, September 13 at Wayside headquarters. 

There will also be two Facebook Live events on September 15 and 16 where the chefs behind these recipes (Yardie Ting and Empanada Club) will "teach" us all and demonstrate how to make their dishes.

“Welcoming Week is an exciting opportunity to celebrate, among others around the country, that Portland is a global city; a city of neighbors where all individuals, from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities and countries of origins are welcome, celebrated and valued,” said Julia Trujillo Luengo, Director of the City’s Office of Economic Opportunity. “As our city becomes more diverse, it also becomes a city where we all belong and feel welcomed. Please join us to learn from one another during this exciting celebration!”    

“These celebrations are part of a powerful and growing movement in our country and around the world,” said David Lubell, founder and executive director of Welcoming America. “Communities recognize that they are more vibrant and prosperous when everyone feels welcomed and can fully participate. In events across the world this week, new and longtime residents are building bridges and making their communities stronger.” 

Questions about Portland’s Welcoming Week activities? Please contact Julia Trujillo Luengo, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (jtrujillo@portlandmaine.gov) 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City News

PARKING ALERT

Reminder from the City’s Parking Division

Posted on: September 28, 2021
portland news

CDBG Funding Process Begins in October

Posted on: September 28, 2021
Friday news round up twitter

Friday News Round Up for September 24, 2021

Posted on: September 24, 2021
portland news

Police Chief Clark Stepping Down November 1

Posted on: September 24, 2021
Friday news round up twitter

Friday News Round Up for September 17, 2021

Posted on: September 17, 2021
portland news

Portland City Clerk Named Clerk of the Year

Posted on: September 14, 2021
Friday news round up twitter

Friday News Round Up for September 10, 2021

Posted on: September 10, 2021
911 Memorial

City to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Posted on: September 7, 2021
Friday news round up twitter

Friday News Round Up for September 3, 2021

Posted on: September 3, 2021
portland news

New Youth-Led Mural in Woodfords Corner

Posted on: August 19, 2021
Friday news round up twitter

Friday News Round Up for February 26, 2021

Posted on: February 26, 2021
Friday news round up twitter

Friday News Round Up for February 19, 2021

Posted on: February 19, 2021
Friday news round up twitter

Friday News Round Up for February 12, 2021

Posted on: February 12, 2021
PARKING BAN IN EFFECT 2

Citywide Parking Ban Declared TONIGHT

Posted on: February 1, 2021
portland news

City Extends Outdoor Operations

Posted on: January 5, 2021
Friday news round up twitter

Friday News Round Up for December 18, 2020

Posted on: December 18, 2020
PARKING BAN IN EFFECT

Citywide Parking Ban Declared TONIGHT

Posted on: December 17, 2020
Friday news round up twitter

City News Round Up for Friday, November 20

Posted on: November 20, 2020
tree delivery

Tree Delivered to Monument Square

Posted on: November 17, 2020
Friday news round up twitter

City News Round Up for Friday, November 13

Posted on: November 13, 2020
One Climate Change

Council Approves One Climate Future Plan

Posted on: November 13, 2020
ReCode Portland

Council Approves Phase 1 of ReCode

Posted on: November 13, 2020
vote

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day

Posted on: October 30, 2020