Welcoming Beaverton

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Resource Guide for New Immigrants and Refugees in Beaverton

Check out this great new resource guide created by community volunteers Piyawee Ruenjinda (2018 BOLD Program graduate) and Joan Goldhammer!

“[We] believe that every person is welcome in this diverse community and should have the opportunity to find the services and support they need to feel truly at home in the City of Beaverton.” 

We’re proud to support and feature this guide as part of the Welcoming Beaverton initiative.

Welcome to Beaverton: A guide for immigrants, refugees and other newcomers

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 Network 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. 

Beaverton is a Sanctuary City

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. 

Welcoming Beaverton Community Partners

Welcoming Beaverton Partner Gatherings take place quarterly to convene a network of partners actively supporting immigrant welcoming and integration, gather input to direct the city’s work, and explore collective solutions across sectors. Anyone is welcome to attend; contact equity@BeavertonOregon.gov for a schedule of upcoming meetings.

Thank you to our official community partners!

  • Adelante Mujeres
  • Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Beaverton School District
  • Center for Intercultural Wellness
  • Centro Cultural
  • Community Partners for Affordable Housing
  • IMPACT Beaverton
  • Impact NW
  • Iraqi Society of Oregon
  • Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
  • Tualatin River Keepers
  • Unite Oregon
  • Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
  • Vision Action Network

Welcoming Beaverton partner pledge

Year-Round Welcoming Grants

Year-Round Welcoming Grants are designed to support events, projects or programs that further welcoming in Beaverton and take place outside of the scope of Beaverton Welcoming Week. They can include public events, program activities, or provide an ongoing resource to further welcoming. Past examples include a resource guide for new immigrants, a youth sister city club’s cultural night, and a cross-sector community gathering in support of refugees.

Grant objectives:

  • Support community led projects that increase opportunities for cross cultural exchange
  • Build Beaverton’s identity as a welcoming city
  • Build relationships and understanding to unite residents
  • Foster pride in our diverse community

Awards may be up to $1,500 per project / applicant per year.

Applications for funds are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified within 4 weeks of submission. Funds for each cycle are available starting July 1 and go until all funds are expended. Year-Round Welcoming Grants application coming soon!

Questions? Contact equity@BeavertonOregon.gov.

Interested in information or grant support for Beaverton Welcoming Week?

Check out the Welcoming Week page.

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