In celebration of World Refugee Day (June 20), the Weld Refugee Collaboration hosted its first-ever Parade of Foods. This lunch celebration provided the Greeley community with an opportunity to interact with, learn more about, and share delicious food with our refugee and immigrant neighbors. The inaugural event had more than 100 people in attendance and featured a traditional dance performance by a group of Burmese youth. This inaugural event was a larger success than we could have ever dreamed of and shows the desire of long-time Greeley residents to interact with our new neighbors.
The Weld Refugee Collaboration, facilitated by United Way of Weld County, is a group of community partners that has recently shifted its focus toward community education and engagement. The group has hosted several “Refugee 101” presentations throughout the year, but decided that, in light of the celebratory nature of World Refugee Day, we wanted to do something that highlighted and brought together all of our cultures.
This event would not have been possible without our many partners who participate in the Weld Refugee Collaboration, and even more importantly, without the caring power of our community. The outpouring of support and attendance at such events is critical to making Greeley become home for our new refugee neighbors. As providers who work in this field, we cannot thank the residents of Greeley enough for the smiles you give and the kindness you show to those refugees who are new to our community.
Director of Community Impact
United Way of Weld County