Redwood City is a highly diverse community, with growing Latino immigrant populations. To help all community members foster empathy and understanding for each other’s unique challenges, we are working to provide opportunities for community members to get to know each other and work collaboratively. By building and recognizing efforts to include all community members, we are creating a more welcoming, inclusive environment for all who live, work and study in Redwood City.
- Highlighting the diversity of our community and building connections among all people through art, culture, and conversations
- Hosting community dialogues to share our unique stories
- Creating avenues for participants to become welcoming leaders and collaborators
- Hosting a “welcoming café” event with art and conversation to create empathy and action
- Supporting youth development and empowerment through conferences and dialogues
- Celebrating what makes us feel most welcome in Redwood City
Recognizing Redwood City Together Welcoming Stars!
About Welcoming Stars
Welcoming Stars recognizes programs in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks that model a remarkable commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all who live, work, study, and visit in our community and aims to create a welcoming network of cross-sector organizations and resources for the community. By celebrating and sharing the best and most effective programs in our community that are actively welcoming immigrants and newcomers in innovative and inspiring ways, Redwood City Together aims to amplify their impact and highlight best practices for others to implement in our community and beyond.
Redwood City 2020 is proud to honor organizations for their commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all by building trust and mutual respect across communities in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks.
Visit the Welcoming Stars Recipients page to view learn about all past and recently awarded Welcoming Stars!
- Cañada College
- City of Redwood City (Fair Oaks Community Center, Parks and Recreation)
- Institute for Local Government
- International Institute of the Bay Area
- Kainos Home and Training Center
- Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
- San Francisco Organizing Project/Peninsula Interfaith Action
- Redwood City Library
- Redwood City School District
- Salvation Army
- San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, CARON Program
- Sequoia High School (Dream Club and Immigrant Youth Action Team)
- United Methodist Church
- Welcoming America
- Initiative started in spring of 2012
- Faces of the Community portraits opened in an exhibit in October 2012
- Successful unveiling of powerful 6 word memoirs & silhouettes created by immigrant youth in November 2013
- 2 youth empowerment conferences in 2014-2015 with 250 participants
- 250+ participants in 10 dialogues in 2014-2015
- 80+ participants in second annual Redwood City Community Dinner and Dialogue in January 2015
- Redwood City Together is one of two official Welcoming America affiliates in California
Faces of Redwood City