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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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Latest Welcoming Long Island News

Black History month in a Long Island village.

Patchogue Embraces Black History

by Hendel Leiva on March 10, 2014  

In the Village of Patchogue, Black History Month was recognized through several events organized by Of Colors…A Creative Collective at Artspace Patchogue, which was founded by Tracy Todd Hunter.


Patchogue Artspace.

Creating A More Welcoming Community

by Hendel Leiva on December 20, 2013  

Welcoming Long Island is proud to work with the Village of Patchogue to create a more welcoming atmosphere for its newest immigrant residents.

WATCH: Welcoming Long Island Launches New Multimedia Program to Unite Long Island Communities

by Kevin Fung on November 16, 2013  

Long Islanders gathered for the launch of a new, interactive multimedia storytelling program.


Welcoming Long Island thanks its supporters for supporting this important initiative.

Why Welcoming Long Island Is So Grateful to its Supporters

by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky on October 11, 2013  

We’re giving thanks to the elected officials and community leaders who support the Welcoming Long Island initiative.

Welcoming Week Recap

by Hendel Leiva on October 8, 2013  

Welcoming Long Island organizer Hendel Leiva shares his thoughts on another successful Welcoming Week.


The Bethpage Federal Credit Union is a strong supporter of the Welcoming Long Island initiative.

Welcoming Long Island Receives Bethpage Federal Credit Union Grant

by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky on September 23, 2013  

With the support of the Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Welcoming Long Island can continue to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S. born Long Islanders.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Commemorates Second Annual Welcoming Week

by Kevin Fung on September 23, 2013  

Suffolk County joins Welcoming Long Island and Long Island Wins in celebrating the second annual Welcoming Week.


Join Welcoming Long Island in celebrating National Welcoming Week.

Celebrating Welcoming Week on Long Island

by Hendel Leiva on September 16, 2013  

Welcoming Long Island commemorates the second annual Welcoming Week here on Long Island.

Playing for Peace and Unity

by Hendel Leiva on August 29, 2013  

The annual Play for Peace soccer tournament brings the community together in the spirit of unity.

A Conversation With Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri

by Hendel Leiva on August 12, 2013  

Our community organizer Hendel Leiva talks about the work he’s been doing in Patchogue.

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Hendel Leiva

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.


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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