Welcoming Beaverton

SEPT. 15 - 24!

Mayor Denny Doyle and Beaverton City Council Join Area Elected Leaders in Joint Message Combating Racism

“White supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday carrying torches and chanting vile messages of hate toward anyone unlike them. They marched through Virginia. They have marched through many parts of America, including Portland, since November. Two men in Portland lost their lives on a MAX train standing up to a white supremacist bullying two girls and now in Virginia three more lives have been lost. Wherever these extremists go, they stoke fear, ignite violence and try to further divide us. But the force of our love and care for our neighbors will triumph…”

About Welcoming Beaverton

Welcoming Beaverton is an initiative through the City of Beaverton’s Mayor’s Office to recognize, welcome and support the successful integration of our local immigrant community. The City of Beaverton is a proud member of the national Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative – a network of municipalities across the country working to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality for all. Beaverton became a Welcoming City in April 2015.
City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution declaring Beaverton a sanctuary city in January 2017. The resolution states that the city is committed to providing a safe community for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, place of origin, or immigration status, and reaffirms that local resources will not be used to enforce federal immigration law. In doing so, the city emphasized the importance of ensuring that all community members feel safe in contacting law enforcement and in accessing critical city services without fear. 

The City of Beaverton's Diversity Advisory Board, mayor, and city council released open letters on November 16, 2016 reaffirming Beaverton as a welcoming, inclusive community. Both letters express the city's continued commitment to welcoming all people and creating a safe environment for all residents.

About Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week is an annual series of events that bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity. The events raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming and engage immigrant and receiving community members in activities to strengthen relationships and cross-cultural understanding. This year, Beaverton Welcoming Week will be celebrated from Sept. 15 - 24, 2017.

2016 Welcoming Week Proclamation - Tuesday, September 13 
2016 Calendar of Events
2015 Calendar of Events

How to be involved:

About the Welcoming Beaverton Mini-Grants

Each year, the City of Beaverton’s Cultural Inclusion Program sponsors mini-grants for small, community driven projects designed to bring together immigrant and receiving communities.

  1. to increase opportunities for cross-cultural exchange,
  2. support welcoming and connected neighborhoods,
  3. build relationships and understanding to unite residents, and
  4. foster pride in our diverse community.

Applications are now closed. Check back next spring to apply. More information about grantees coming soon.