Welcoming Week event to take place Sunday in Worthington

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park in Worthington.

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WORTHINGTON — Worthington will take part in the 10th annual Welcoming Week celebration this Sunday at Centennial Park.

The Southwest Initiative Foundation-sponsored event has taken place in numerous southwest Minnesota communities during the month of September, all celebrating the benefits of inclusion and creating connections.

“I am super excited for everyone to come together and collaborate for this Welcoming Week,” said SWIF Community Engagement Specialist Than Than Kyaw. “(This event) is all about making sure everyone feels they belong in the community they live in.”

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., live performances will take place at Centennial Park near the Beach Nook, including a traditional Karen dance. Food trucks, outdoor games and art activities will also be available during the event. Welcoming Week doubles as a community resource fair as well, to help create connections between Worthington residents, including immigrants and refugees.

While Welcoming Week started as a small event 10 years ago, it has grown exponentially and is now celebrated in over 400 places around the globe. As a Welcoming America member, Kyaw notes that SWIF is happy to take part in an event aimed at strengthening community ties.


“Our goal is to make sure people feel welcome in the community, no matter where they come from.”

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