For the first time ever, the Natural State is participating in National Welcoming Week to Immigrants through EngageNWA and the Arkansas United Community Coalition.
Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse is the 9th Arkansas mayor to issue a Welcoming Proclamation to Immigrants.
Mayor Sprouse is joining 30 partners of EngageNWA Immigrant from Abroad at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19 at the Shiloh Square in downtown Springdale commemorate National Welcoming Week, according to the release.
They say this is 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.
Here is a list of all Arkansas Mayors that signed the Welcoming Proclamations:
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
Mayor Hines of Rogers
The release says, in honor of both Welcoming Week as well as National Citizenship Day on September 17 and National Voter Registration Day on September 22, the AUCC is hosting citizenship and voter registration drives in Springdale, Little Rock, Monitcello and Hope.
According to the release, these participating Arkansas cities will join other cities across the United States today in helping thousands of immigrants become U.S. citizens. There are approximately 40,000 Legal Permanent Residents residing in Arkansas, at least 60 percent of whom are currently eligible to become citizens.
List of Events for Saturday, September 19.
Event: EngageNWA Welcoming Week Celebration and NWA Mayors' Welcoming Week Proclamations
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Shiloh Square in Springdale.
Event: Northwest Arkansas Civic Celebration: Citizenship and Voter Registration Drive
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Northwest Arkansas Immigrant Resource Center at 1301 East Robinson Avenue, Suite B6 in Springdale.