Resource Guide for New Immigrants and Refugees in Beaverton
Check out this great 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.
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 Opens a New Window. 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.
- A Resolution in Support of Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities and to Reaffirm Beaverton as a Welcoming City (July 8, 2020)
- A Resolution on Refugee Resettlement and Welcoming (February 5, 2020)
- Reaffirming Our Commitment to Sanctuary and Welcoming: A Joint Statement by Beaverton’s Diversity Advisory Board and Human Rights Advisory Commission, and the Human Rights Council of Washington County Opens a New Window. (October 1, 2018)
- A Resolution on Welcoming Refugees Opens a New Window. (February 14, 2018)
- Beaverton Elected Leaders Letter to Oregon Congressional Delegation Opens a New Window. (January 16, 2018)
- Mayor Doyle’s thoughts on DACA Opens a New Window. (September 22, 2017)
- Joint Message from Area Elected Leaders Combating Racism Opens a New Window. (August 16, 2017)
- Beaverton Inclusion Letter to Community Opens a New Window. (November 16, 2016), see related Statement from the Diversity Advisory Board Opens a New Window.
- Resolution 4367 Declaring Support for the Muslim Community & Reaffirming Beaverton as a Welcoming City Opens a New Window. (March 2, 2016)
- Resolution 4304 Declaring Beaverton a Welcoming City Opens a New Window. (April 7, 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.
- Resolution 4531 Opposition to Statewide Ballot Measure 105 to Repeal Oregon’s Decades-Old Anti-Racial Profiling Law Opens a New Window. (October 2, 2018)
- Resolution 4429 Declaring the City of Beaverton a Sanctuary City Opens a New Window. (January 10, 2017)
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
- YMCA of the Columbia – Willamette
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.
- 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.
Questions? Contact equity@BeavertonOregon.gov.
Interested in information or grant support for Beaverton Welcoming Week?
Check out the Welcoming Week page.
- “Beaverton, park district set Welcoming Week events” Beaverton Valley Times 9/8/2019
- “Beaverton boards, Human Rights Council reaffirm support for diverse population Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Valley Times 10/11/2018
- “Festival offers many cultures under one roof Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Valley Times 9/16/2018
- “Welcoming Week events draw crowds Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Valley Times 10/4/2017
- “Beaverton Mayor: Breaking promise on DACA would be unfair Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Valley Times 9/22/2017
- “Beaverton Community Spotlight: Alton Harvey Sr. Opens a New Window. ” The Oregonian 9/15/2017
- “Everyone is Welcome in Beaverton Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Valley Times 9/6/2017
- “Welcoming Beaverton: City Officials Now Accepting Mini-Grant Applications for September Event Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Patch 3/30/2017
- “Hundreds of new U.S. citizens sworn in, told to ’seek knowledge, spread peace” The Oregonian 2/20/2017
- “Oregon officials defy Trump’s vow to ’crack down’ on sanctuary cities Opens a New Window. ” The Oregonian 1/25/2017
- “Beaverton Becomes Sanctuary City Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Valley Times 1/11/2017
- “Beaverton Restates Commitment to Diversity Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Patch 11/16/2016
- “Beaverton Celebrating Welcoming Week Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Valley Times 9/22/2016
- “Beaverton Library Advisory Board Member Nancy Nkiwane, interviewed by librarian Christina Hanson Opens a New Window. ” The Oregonian 9/13/2016
- “Beaverton Community Invited to Apply for Grants Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Patch 4/19/2016
- “Beaverton council OKs resolution supporting Muslims, tolerance for all Opens a New Window. ” The Oregonian 3/2/2016
- “City Council supports Muslim community on Super Tuesday Opens a New Window. ” Beaverton Valley Times 3/2/2016
- “The Night Comes Alive in Beaverton” (Photos) Beaverton Valley Times 9/16/2015
- “Beaverton Naturalization Ceremony Swears in 49 new citizens Opens a New Window. ” The Oregonian 9/15/2015
- “Beaverton International Night Market Wildly Successful, Very Crowded” The Oregonian 9/13/2015
- “World Cultures in Spotlight at Beaverton Night Market” Beaverton Valley Times 9/9/2015
- “Beaverton Celebrates Welcoming Week Sept. 12-20 Opens a New Window. ” The Skanner News - 9/9/2015