Macomb County celebrates Welcoming Week
Macomb County joined many other municipalities throughout the United States in celebrating National Welcoming Week, Sept. 12-20, with a variety of activities designed to highlight Macomb County as a welcoming community.
National Welcoming Week was started by Welcoming America, a national membership organization which offers tools, resources and a national network to help nonprofit and government partners transform their communities into more welcoming places. Welcoming Week is a nationwide event that highlights the contributions of immigrants to American communities.
Macomb County hosted a number of events during Welcoming Week, many of which were hosted by OneMacomb. OneMacomb was started by Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel to support Macomb County’s increasing cultural diversity and inclusion efforts.
“It is important that Macomb County acknowledges its diverse population by participating in initiatives such as Welcoming America,” said Hackel. “We want all of our residents to know that we appreciate their making Macomb County their home.”
Events included a citizen workshop for those seeking citizenship, a Lunch and Learn on Chaldean heritage for Macomb County employees and a naturalization ceremony where immigrants take their final step by pledging their allegiance and becoming United States citizens. During this week, the Ray Township Library and Clinton-Macomb Public Library also created Citizen Corners with information, books, and materials relating to citizenship and immigration.
“Our OneMacomb Lunch and Learn Series is one way that we work to help enhance our employees skills, knowledge and understanding of the many cultures that make up Macomb County,” said Assistant County Executive Pam Lavers.
OneMacomb works to promote multiculturalism and inclusion in Macomb County. For more information, visit OneMacomb on Facebook, Twitter or http://diversity.macombgov.org. Stay tuned to OneMacomb for more information on the next Lunch and Learn Series scheduled for winter.