Fort Smith: Mayor issues Welcoming Week Proclamation, officially inaugurates a new River Valley Immigrant Resource Center, and opens Latino Parent Education Forum

Local nonprofits, Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC), Catholic Charities Immigration Services of Northwest Arkansas (CCIS) and the Fort Smith Adult Education Center proudly announce the inauguration of the fourth of five regional Immigrant Resource Centers to be opened in the fall of 2015, which will provide area immigrants with immigration navigation services, leadership development opportunities, and civic integration support. Starting Wednesday, August 23rd, the Center will host weekly legal clinics to provide assistance with citizenship as well as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications for qualifying immigrant students.

To commemorate this occasion, Mayor Sandy Sanders will officiate the ribbon-cutting for the Center and issue a Welcoming Week Proclamation (http://www.welcomingamerica.org/get-involved/national-welcoming-week-2015/) for Fort Smith, joining seven other Arkansas mayors (Little Rock, McGehee, Monticello, Jonesboro, Fayetteville and Rogers) in acknowledging the contributions of immigrants to their respective communities.  Additionally, acknowledging the start of the school year, AUCC has invited the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) from San Antonio to kick-off the Center’s programs this evening with an open forum for Latino parents, discussing the importance of getting involved in their children’s education.

EVENTS: FORT SMITH MAYOR issues Welcoming Week Proclamation, officially inaugurates a new River Valley Immigrant Resource Center, and opens Latino Parent Education Forum

DATE/TIME/LOCATION:  

River Valley Immigration Resource Center Grand Opening & Fort Smith Mayor’s Welcoming Week Proclamation

  • 5:00pm-6:00pm [Ribbon-cutting at 5:30pm]
  • Fort Smith Adult Education Center: 501 South 20th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901, Room 205

Fort Smith Immigrant Parent Forum

  • 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fort Smith Adult Education Center: Location, 501 South 20th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901, Main Lobby

IMAGES/ INTERVIEWS: Welcoming Week Proclamation; Ribbon cutting and testimonials by immigrant families about need for and benefits of the services to be offered at the Immigrant Resource Center

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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.