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Welcoming Long Island
Welcoming Long Island Intro

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.

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There are lots of ways to get involved. Here are some fun and easy activities to help make your community more welcoming.

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Latest Welcoming Long Island News

For the fourth consecutive year, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, joined us to celebrate National Welcoming Week.

National Welcoming Week celebrated during historic moment for Europe and US on Migration

by Long Island Wins on September 18, 2015  

As Europe and the U.S. debate migration, communities small and large, rural and urban, are moving full steam ahead to welcome immigrants and expand prosperity during National Welcoming Week.


This is Welcoming Week and we are glad to celebrate it as other communities do across the nation.

Suffolk County reaffirms its commitment as a welcoming place for all immigrants

by Long Island Wins on September 16, 2015  

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone will join Long Island Wins, to celebrate National Welcoming Week, reaffirming that Suffolk County is a welcoming place for all immigrants.


The White House Task Force on New Americans is an inter-agency effort to better integrate immigrants and refugees and build welcoming communities.

White House Recognizes Welcoming Communities Are Stronger Communities

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.


Vargas’s story reminds us that those who reside in the U.S. without documentation are more like us than we realize.

Long Island Wins to Host a Screening and Panel on ‘Documented’ at SUNY Stony Brook

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.


How can you get involved in immigrant integration? Listen and find out.

The Long Island Wins Show: How Long Island Is Leading the Way in Immigrant Integration

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.


David and Carolina Bustamante, the brother and sister co-owners of Gallo Restaurant in Patchogue, were among the first businesses to embrace the changing demographics of the village. All photos courtesy Pablo Lituma Photography 2015.

Immigrant Flavor, Entrepreneurial Spirit: How Gallo is Leading the Way in Patchogue

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.


The Long Island Wins Show will air biweekly on Thursdays at 12 p.m. Our next show will air on Thursday, Feb. 5.

The Long Island Wins Shows Debuts on OWWR

by Christian Bonawandt on January 22, 2015  

In our debut show, Long Island Wins Executive Director Maryann Sinclair Slutsky and the full Long Island Wins staff talked about the organization, it mission, and how listeners can get involved.


Vargas’s story, which has been generating serious Oscar buzz, reminds us that those who reside in the U.S. without documentation are more like us than we realize.

St. Joseph’s to Host First-Ever Long Island Screening of ‘Documented’

by Hendel Leiva on October 22, 2014  

Join us at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue for the first Long Island screening of "Documented."


The wedding of Nadesha and Jesus Muniz was the original inspiration for Welcoming Long Island's Define American article series.

Define American: Celebrating a Marriage of Cultures

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.


“We are one people in the one world with one God. And we should have one love for every child from whatever walk of life there are!”

VIDEOS: Whoever Welcomes Children Welcomes Me (Part IV)

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.

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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

David Kennedy
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

Steve Bellone
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

Habeeb Ahmed
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

Linda Armyn
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."

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