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Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for New Americans, Immigrants, and Refugees in West Michigan.
WELCOME PLAN UPDATES
The recent Les Clay Christmas Concert was an absolute blast! Their beautiful renditions of classic Christmas melodies and holiday favorites made for a memorable evening at the Covenant Fine Arts Center.
Welcome Plan Collaborative / Non-profit Workshop
Saturday January 20th & 27, 2024 @12:00pm
425 Pleasant St SW Grand Rapids MI 49503
We are excited to continue our education series next month with our Non-Profit Workshop. Non-profit experts will be discussing foundational steps in creating new non-profits and strengthening existing non-profits. Limited space is available, registration is required. Click on the poster image for more details.
For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 616-632-7578
This workshop was developed in response from direct community feedback from our first Grant Writing Workshop held in September of 2023.
Ambassador of the Year
Congratulations to Welcome Plan Collaborative member Solmeris (Sol) Hernandez, Vice President and Associate Wealth Management Advisor for Fifth Third Bank, who was named 2023 Ambassador of the Year by the GR Chamber of Commerce.
Read the full article here!
Holiday/Winter Threat PSA
The FBI is closely monitoring potential threats to public safety which may be amplified by the ongoing Israel-HAMAS conflict. In addition to our outreach to you, we are actively communicating and sharing information with our law enforcement partners to help protect our communities during religious observances and other holiday-related events.
If you are experiencing any direct act of violence or such act is imminent, call 911 first!
To contact the FBI, you can:
- Call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)
- Submit information to tips.FBI.gov
- Call the local office at 616-456-5489
Leadership Highlight Nominations
The WMWPC is asking you to nominate local leaders that help our Refugee/ New American/ Immigrant population to be featured in a monthly special recognition in our communications and online platforms. This highlight would be a great way to spotlight their work in our community and inspire others to do the same!
Please fill out this form to enter your nominee’s information
EDUCATION AND RESOURCES
The Rapid Transit Master Plan Survey
The Rapids needs help to develop its 20-year master plan. If you haven’t yet taken the survey, please take a few minutes to do so now. This is your opportunity to help shape future transportation options for our Community.
Due Today 12/20/23!
Treetops Collective is giving all income received from monthly donors in the month of December 2023 to one New American-led business or organization in January 2024 in the form of a grant. The value of this grant will be at least $5,785. All eligible organizations may apply using the form below. Applications from ineligible businesses or organizations will not be reviewed.
Eligible Organizations: – Must be an existing business or nonprofit organization – Must be led by an individual or family that has immigrated to or been resettled in the U.S. – Must do business in Kent County – Have fewer than 15 full-time employees
We need your help to spread the word to local New American-owned businesses in your network about this funding opportunity. Please forward this email or the application link with the description above to anyone who you think might benefit from this grant.
Capacity Building and Outreach
Due Thursday December 21st 2023
The Office of Global Michigan is pleased to share a funding opportunity for the Capacity Building and Outreach Program, a project made possible through the advocacy efforts of the Funding for New Americans Coalition.
A virtual grant proposal info session will be held on Monday, November 27th 11:00am – 12:30pm; below you’ll find information on how to join this call. Please submit any questions regarding the content of this Request for Proposal (RFP) prior to this session by email to Leoemail@example.com.
This information and a downloadable copy of this Request for Proposal is also posted on our website: https://www.michigan.gov/ogm.
Policies for Action: Policy Research to Advance the Inclusion of Immigrant Families and Children
February 16, 2024 3:00 PM
Policies for Action’s new call for proposals seeks to fund research investigating how our policies can ensure equal access to and use of a wide range of these services by immigrants and their families.
- Up to $1.5 million will be awarded through this call, for up to 6 grants.
- Grants are typically funded for 12-36 months.
- Brief proposals are due February 16, 2024.
Learn more about eligibility and selection criteria. >>
Refugee Social Services
Due Wednesday January 17, 2024
Questions due December 27, 2023.
The Office of Global Michigan (OGM) is excited to share a new funding opportunity specifically for Ottawa County, Employment and Integration services.
Please see the attachments and link below for additional details and a few key dates.
Refugee Social Services (Ottawa County Only)
Please email LEO-RefugeeServices@michigan.gov
Building & Events Manager
The role of Treetops’ 906 partnership and Event Manager is to oversee all building maintenance and
coordination of on-site partners and events at the new Treetops Cross-Cultural Community Center. This
position will ensure the vision for the Cross-Cultural Community Center is lived out to its fullest capacity with
smooth, sustainable and effective use of space.
Click on the image for more information and requirements
Email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share communications with Marcial Benavidez (email@example.com) any communications that you would like to include on Tuesdays by 9am to be shared on the Weekly Wednesday Communication.
Want to Join the Collaborative?
Completion of this interest form will connect you with our coordinator to learn more about the Welcome Plan Collaborative and get connected to a workgoup.