NEWS & UPDATES
On Sep. 26, Welcoming Greater Charlottesville partnered with HardwiredGlobal (an international group that works for peace and mutual respect), the IRC and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia, to present a creative exercise for refugee and American-born youth. The exercise helps kids understand the power and importance of working with people who are different from ourselves. This video describes it. Thank you to NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom and CBS19 to stopping by.
Working with Refugee Populations: How Do We Optimize Their Welcome?
UVA's Medical Center Hour and Welcoming Greater Charlottesville hosted a panel discussion for Welcoming Week. More details about the event can be found here. In case you missed the live event, here is the recording.
Photo Credit: HardwiredGlobal
UPDATE ON THE ID PROGRAM
The ID Program closed on April 30, 2022.
Since our start in March 2019, we've issued over 840 IDs.
Virginia now provides a Driver's Privilege card, and an Identification Privilege card. Most people who aren't U.S. citizens and don't meet the requirements for a state drivers license are eligible for these cards. Both are available at the local DMV. For the details, go to: https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#driver_privilege_card.asp
To find out what documents you need to obtain our card, go to: www.wgcville.org/id-program-whats-needed
Thank you to the many volunteers, advocates, and community partners that supported this program.
"The card allowed me to open up a Comcast account and get cable and internet set-up in my home."
"My landlord was able to verify who I was and allowed me to sign my lease."
"The card helps me feel accepted by the community. I didn't feel that way before."
"I needed to get a medical appointment for my daughter, which required an ID. This was all I had, and they accepted it."
WHO WE ARE
As a nation, our diverse origins are and should be seen as a great strength. We strongly reject demonization of and attacks against immigrants and minorities and will take peaceful measures to oppose them.
Given this situation, our mission is to create a welcoming community, one that:
1. provides tangible support for all immigrants, and
2. educates the community about the needs and contributions of immigrants, refugees, and other minorities, especially those who are being marginalized today.