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Berkshire Immigrant Center marks National Welcoming Week

Welcoming AmericaDuring the week of September 15th, 2012, immigrant advocates and community members across the country will participate in “National Welcoming Week”, a nationwide event that will promote meaningful connections and a spirit of unity between U.S. and foreign-born Americans by providing opportunities to learn about each other and work together for the greater good.

Across the country, longtime residents and their new immigrant neighbors will join together during National Welcoming Week to take part in local community events, organized by Welcoming America’s affiliates and other national and local corporate partners, foundations, small businesses and residents of the community. All activities are designed to lift up the positive messages and visibility of National Welcoming Week.

The Berkshire Immigrant Center, a Welcoming America affiliate, will mark the event with a “Welcoming Winter” clothing drive.  During the week and through the end of September, the Center will be collecting gently used clothing with an emphasis on winter coats and boots to distribute to our immigrant and refugee community.  Many newly arrived immigrants have relocated to the Berkshires from climates where winter clothing is not necessary and are unprepared for the winter months ahead. 

Clothing donations are welcomed and can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 9:00AM to 1:00PM at the Berkshire Immigrant Center’s office on the second floor of the First Baptist Church at 88 South Street, Pittsfield. For more information, please contact (413) 445-4881 or email info@berkshireic.com.

The Berkshire Immigrant Center offers citizenship assistance, immigration benefit information and application support, legal assistance, advocacy, and referrals to the growing immigrant population of Berkshire County. The program is funded in part by the Berkshire United Way, the City of Pittsfield, the Mass Bar Foundation, the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, Berkshire Bank, and the New World Fund.

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