Welcoming Long Island is an initiative of Long Island Wins. At Welcoming Long Island, we seek to build mutual respect and cooperation between the foreign-born and U.S.-born who call Long Island home.
The ultimate goal of Welcoming Long Island is to create a welcoming atmosphere - community by community - in which immigrants are able to integrate into the social fabric of their new hometowns.
There are lots of ways to get involved. Here are some fun and easy activities to help make your community more welcoming.
Check out our toolkits, reports, articles and other resources that will help you take action, answer questions or start a conversation.
by Hendel Leiva on April 17, 2015
A new report by the White House Task Force on New Americans emphasizes the importance of local efforts to build welcoming environments where immigrants and long-time residents join together to create stronger communities.
by Hendel Leiva on March 23, 2015
"Documented" tells the story of Jose Antonio Vargas, who, like the estimated 100,000 undocumented immigrants living on Long Island, is American in every way except on paper.
by Christian Bonawandt on February 20, 2015
In this episode, we talk with Hendel Leiva, organizer for our Welcoming Long Island initiative, about immigrant integration on Long Island and beyond.
by Hendel Leiva on February 3, 2015
Gallo Restaurant in Patchogue is a symbol of the modern day immigrant entrepreneurial spirit that is partly responsible for the booming economic resurgence the village has experienced in recent years.
by Hendel Leiva on October 22, 2014
Join us at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue for the first Long Island screening of "Documented."
by Hendel Leiva on October 16, 2014
The blending of cultures at the wedding of Jesus and Nadesha Muniz demonstrated the new way in which many of us are Defining American.
by Christian Bonawandt on October 2, 2014
David Newman, Rev. Dr. Luonne Rouse, and Rev. Dr. Tracie Saunders speak for the children who are fleeing Central America and resettling on Long Island.
by Christian Bonawandt on September 30, 2014
Rev. Marc Herbst, Rev. Dr. Paul Johnson, and Canon Charles McCarron continue the call for compassion for children from Central America.
by Christian Bonawandt on September 29, 2014
Reflections, thoughts, and prayers for refugee children from Habeeb Ahmed, Rev. Charles Coverdale, Mary Dewar, and Rabbi Steve Moss.
Hendel Leiva is organizer for Welcoming Long Island, an initiative of Long Island Wins. Hendel has previously worked in his hometown of Brentwood on various community related initiatives, including having served as the assistant campaign manager for the Brentwood Campaign for Quality Education. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Albany with a bachelor’s degree in English/Latin American studies. In 2012, he received his master’s degree in public administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Mayor Paul Pontieri
Village of Patchogue
The Village of Patchogue is a proud partner of Welcoming Long Island in together developing a more inclusive Patchogue for all, immigrant and native born alike. Patchogue is a village that celebrates diversity, tourism, and a welcoming atmosphere, which we invite all Long Islanders to take part in." Expand
Executive Director, Village of Patchogue Chamber of Commerce
We are proud to be associated with Long Island Wins and their Welcoming Long Island Initiatives. It is essential we recognize the vital role immigrants play in building the businesses that are an integral part of our community. We stand with Long Island Wins and Welcoming Long Island in their efforts to encourage meaningful immigration reform legislation that strengthens the bond immigrants have with our business community." Expand
Tracy Todd Hunter
Founder, Of Colors Patchogue
It has been a pleasure collaborating with Welcoming Long Island and Long Island Wins with our like-minded goals of making all feel welcome and given equal opportunity. Many towns on Long Island have seen the demographics of our communities change over the past decade. I believe it is important to recognize all of our new neighbors as people seeking acceptance and friendship with a desire to contribute and share in our communities and be a part of the American dream." Expand
Suffolk County Executive
Welcoming Long Island and its parent group Long Island Wins represent a standard that I have set for myself as an elected official; to ensure that all people are treated equally and given every opportunity possible. As a descendant of Italian immigrants who came through Ellis Island, I know how important it is to welcome our aspiring citizens to this country with empathy, dignity, and grace. People who choose to live here on Long Island are not only making the decision to better their own lives, but the lives of all of our community members." Expand
Commissioner, Nassau County Human Rights Commission
We at the Islamic Center of Long Island are proud to support and be associated with Welcoming Long Island and Long Island Wins to work toward promoting sensible immigration reform. Long Island Wins makes all immigrants feel at home with respect and dignity in this great country of ours. The beauty of this country is that its success is directly related to the contributions of immigrants from all over the world." Expand
Senior Vice President, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
We are delighted to partner with Welcoming Long Island and Long Island Wins on its valuable 'Reading Circles' program, sure to make a great impact on Long Island...
With 26 branch locations across Long Island, and nine-12 more branches slated to open over the next three years, Bethpage works very closely with community residents and businesses across Long Island's many diverse communities. A good portion of our growth strategy is to better service Long Island's minority population, and that includes supporting programs and organizations dedicated to sustaining and growing our diverse communities. We are delighted to partner with Long Island Wins on its valuable 'Reading Circles' program, sure to make a great impact on Long Island." Expand
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