Arkansas Celebrates Welcoming Week, National Citizenship Day & National Voter Registration Day

Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse will join the 30 partners of EngageNWA Immigrant from Abroad at 1:00PM this afternoon at Shiloh Square in downtown Springdale to commemorate national Welcoming Week, , an initiative that aims to encourage communities across the United States to reaffirm their welcoming values and build bridges with immigrants residing in their areas.


Springdale Mayor Sprouse will be the 9th Arkansas mayor to issue a Welcoming Proclamation in support of this Week’s activities.  The other Arkansas Mayors who have already signed Welcoming Proclamations are: Mayor Stodola of Little Rock, Mayor Owyoung of McGehee, Mayor Tucker of Monticello, Mayor McKelvy of De Queen, Mayor Perrin of Jonesboro, Mayor Sanders of Fort Smith, Mayor Jordan of Fayetteville and Mayor Hines of Rogers. Through EngageNWA and Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC)—a nonprofit that runs Immigrant Resource Centers across the state to facilitate civic integration—this year represents the first time that Arkansas has participated in Welcoming Week.


In honor of both Welcoming Week as well as National Citizenship Day (September 17, and National Voter Registration Day (September 22,, AUCC will also be hosting today, Saturday, September 19, citizenship and voter registration drives in Springdale, Little Rock, Monitcello and Hope. AUCC’s civic activities will be among 40 workshops and ceremonies taking place across the nation to promote citizenship, coinciding with the White House’s launch of a national naturalization campaign. Arkansas will join cities across America today in helping thousands of immigrants become U.S. citizens. There is an estimated 40,000 Legal Permanent Residents residing in Arkansas, at least 60 percent of whom are currently eligible to become citizens.


EVENTS/ DATE/TIME/LOCATION: Saturday, September 19, 2015

  • EnageNWA Welcoming Week Celebration & NWA Mayors’ Welcoming Week Proclamations
  • 11AM – 3:00PM
  • Shiloh Square, Springdale, AR
  • Northwest Arkansas Civic Celebration: Citizenship and Voter Registration Drive
  • 4:00PM – 7:00PM
  • Northwest Arkansas Immigrant Resource Center, 1301 E.

Robinson Avenue, Suite B6, Springdale, AR

  • Hope Citizenship Workshop
  • 10:00am – 3:00PM
  • Hope High School, 1700 South Main Street, Hope, AR
  • Little Rock Citizenship Workshop
  • 9:00am – 3:00PM
  • Andrew United Methodist Church located at: 4600 Baseline

Rd. Little Rock, AR 72209

  • Monticello Citizenship Workshop & Monticello Mayor’s Welcoming Week Proclamation
  • 9:00am-2:00pm
  • First United Methodist Church, 317 South Main Street,

Monticello, AR 71655


IMAGES/ INTERVIEWS: Welcoming Week Proclamation signing by Mayor Doug Sprouse; photos of all 9 of the Welcoming Proclamation by participating Mayors/ Arkansas communities


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Arkansas United Community Coalition (Arkansas United, AUCC) is an Arkansas, immigrant rights nonprofit based in Springdale that is dedicated to empowering immigrants and their communities through leadership development, coalition building, the promotion of civic integration and immigration service navigation. Founded in 2010, AUCC boasts a network of 150 immigrant organizers and over 400 active volunteers in 17 communities across Arkansas. AUCC currently maintains immigrant resource centers with partners in Springdale, Fort Smith, Little Rock and McGehee, with center openings planned in late-2015 in De Queen and Jonesboro.