Eastside Welcoming Week 2020

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Participants dance in Eastside Welcoming Week 2019.

The City of Bellevue invites the community to celebrate the fifth annual Eastside Welcoming Week from home this year! The virtual celebration will include events throughout September and October.

In past years, Welcoming Week in East King County has brought together new immigrants and long-term community members in a spirit of unity, education and celebration through sharing of cultural traditions, art, dance and food. In a time when COVID-19 has shifted our ways of engaging with each other and where social inequities are seen both nationally and locally, the city and its many partners continue the commitment to welcoming all.

The community is invited to engage in opportunities during Welcoming Week and beyond to learn, connect across differences and take joint action to achieve a welcoming, equitable and inclusive community. 

Highlighted Events

Cultural Conversations, Tuesday Sept. 15, 1-2:30 p.m.

Cultural Conversations will begin a new season of storytelling and connection “Creating Home Together” for National Welcoming Week, Sept. 12-20. What are some of the things that would make us feel more at home, especially with social distancing and the new norm of virtual connection? What can we create together? How can we be more inclusive?

Please join us virtually. RSVP appreciated for planning purposes, NeighborhoodOutreach@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-6836. The Zoom link will be sent out ahead of the meeting.

Census Day of Action, Wednesday, Sept. 16 

Spanish: Español | Russian: Pусский | Korean: 한국어 | Chinese:  中文1  or  中文2

With just a few weeks left in the 2020 census count and many more people left to be counted, residents are encouraged to take 10 minutes to answer 10 questions that will shape investments in our community for the next 10 years. 

Help achieve a more fair and accurate count. Demand to be counted. Complete the census to:

  • show you’re here, you matter;
  • build a more equitable community; and
  • bring equitable political power and a fair allocation of resources to our community.

Virtual Neighborhood Leadership Gathering, Thursday, Sept. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.

The city invites all community members to be part of a virtual presentation and panel discussion on what is being learned from the impact of COVID-19 on the Bellevue community and local economy.

Race and Equity Summit, Saturday, Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join your neighbors for an East King County virtual community summit to explore historical legacies and learn about local anti-racism efforts.

Delbert Richardson, creator of the award-winning American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths, will deliver the summit keynote this year. Richardson is a community scholar and second-generation storyteller.

Engage through small group conversations, enjoy performances including local youth artists and a performance called "Drumming for Black Lives" by Ocheami, a group of educators and artists who share West African culture through drumming, dance, song and storytelling. All community members high school age and up are invited to attend. learn more and register

For additional information or accommodation requests, please contact eastsideraceandleadership@gmail.com or call 425-452-7886.

Community Resources 

Immigrants and Refugees Resources 

The City of Bellevue is committed to serving all residents, including many immigrants and refugees who make their home here. If you have concerns about your immigration status or the possibility of deportation for you or family members, several local organizations may be able to help you. Please visit our Immigrant and Refugee resources page.


COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced temporary closures of schools and many businesses, triggering demand for community resources. Please visit Bellevue’s COVID-19 Community Resources, also available in Español, 中文한국어Pусский and Tiếng Việt.