5 th Annual Welcoming Week
September 15-24, 2017
Indianapolis, IN
Presented by Welcoming Indianapolis , a project of the Immigrant Welcome Center , Welcoming Week is a celebration of our city’s many diverse cultures. Come and join us for lively community events, volunteer opportunities, and other # WelcomingWeek experiences!
Welcoming Week events are FREE and open to the public, but please register in advance.

Friday, September 15
12 PM - 1 PM Monument Circle
Celebrate Constitution Day
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and partner organizations will be giving away pocket Constitutions around downtown Indy in honor of Constitution Day, a day to recognize and celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution.
Saturday, September 16
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Jordan YMCA
Distribution Event
Join us for a day of service , distributing donated items such as toiletries, household goods, and school supplies, to immigrants and refugees.
Please note, the actual event is 10 AM - 12 PM, with volunteer shifts from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Tuesday, September 19
12 PM - 1 PM Irvington Library
Lunch & Learn: Japan
On your lunch break, stop by the Indianapolis Public Library to learn about Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. Lunch featuring Japanese cuisine provided. Sponsored by Indianapolis Power & Light Company .
To register, call 317-275-4450.
Thursday, September 21
12 PM - 1 PM Pike Library
Lunch & Learn: Venezuela
On your lunch break, stop by Indianapolis Public Library to learn about the political and economic crises in Venezuela, Venezuelan asylum seekers, and the local Venezuelan population. Lunch featuring Venezuelan cuisine provided.  Sponsored by Indianapolis Power & Light Company .
To register, call 275-4480.
Sunday, September 24
2 PM - 6 PM Broad Ripple Park
Welcoming Potluck
We invite newcomers, immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents of Indianapolis to come together for an international family potluck. Bring a dish to share if you are able. This event is presented in partnership with Darfur Women Network , and we are excited to announce that we were selected by Welcoming America as the winner of the Common Ground video contest .
Sign up to volunteer, or loan items such as sporting equipment.
"We at the Immigrant Welcome Center firmly stand with our sisters and brothers who have been granted DACA. This decision is not only devastating to state and local economies that benefit from DACA recipients’ labor and consumerism, it hurts families that could be ripped apart. It hurts neighborhoods and communities. It hurts places of worship, schools, universities, and businesses. Why are we taking 800,000 steps in the wrong direction?"  - Terri Morris Downs, Executive Director, Immigrant Welcome Center

Learn more about the rescission of DACA. DACA recipients whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 must apply by October 5, 2017 in order to renew. The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance is raising funds for DACA renewal filing fees, which are $495.

Catholic Charities , Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic , and community partners are offering free DACA renewal workshops, clinics, and info sessions:

THANK YOU to our Welcoming Week and Welcoming Indianapolis sponsors and partners!