Where We Belong

We all search for places #WhereWeBelong. Whether it’s your local library or office or park, join us this Welcoming Week to celebrate the places, spaces, and people that create a sense of belonging for everyone

The County of San Mateo Office of Community Affairs is pleased to recognize and celebrate Welcoming Week 2022 (Sept. 9-18). Welcoming Week is an annual campaign and celebration to showcase the movement of communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including migrants. Launched in 2012 by Welcoming America and its members in the United States, Welcoming Week is now a global movement that brings communities and neighbors of all backgrounds together to build strong connections and affirm the importance of inclusive places. The County of San Mateo is proud to be a Welcoming America member and we are thrilled to offer events this September to demonstrate our support and appreciation for all residents in our county. 


Join us at events celebrating Welcoming Week! 

See below for a list of online and in-person events, or follow us on Instagram & Twitter @smc_commaffairs to help spread the message of welcome. 

Please contact ImmigrantServices@smcgov.org with questions.  


Welcoming Week Proclamation & Video Screening at Board of Supervisors Meeting
  • The County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors will recognize Welcoming Week, and screen the premiere of our new video Welcome to San Mateo County!
    Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 9:00am
Know Your Rights Workshop / Taller Conozca sus derechos
  • Attend this free online workshop streamed live on the County of San Mateo's Facebook page.
    Tuesday, Sept.13 at 5:00pm in English
    Asista a este taller en línea gratuito en la página de Facebook del Condado de San Mateo.
    martes, 13 de septiembre a las 5:30pm en español


Drop-In Immigration Law Clinics /
Clínica de consejo legal de inmigración sin cita previa
  • Receive free in-person counsel from an immigration attorney. First come, first served; limited appointments available. We will also have Citizenship materials available.  / 
    Reciba asesoramiento gratuito en persona de un abogado de inmigración. Por orden de llegada; atenderemos a los clientes en el orden en que lleguen. También tendremos materiales de ciudadanía.
    North Fair Oaks: Sept. 17 / 17 de septiembre 10am-1pm
    Half Moon Bay: Sept. 18 / 18 de septiembre 10am-3pm


East of Salinas on-demand film
SMC Immigrant Inclusion Summit
  • Our annual Summit will include speakers and sessions that highlight the immigrant experience in San Mateo County. Featuring a musical performance to kickoff Hispanic Heritage Month!
    Thursday, Sept. 15 1pm-3pm (virtual) - Zoom Registration Required


Spotlight Event: Refugee and Asylee Benefits, Services & Health Access in San Mateo County
  • During this month's Spotlight event, we will host a workshop on healthcare and other resources available to new asylees. Streamed live on the County of San Mateo's Facebook page, and presented by San Francisco Department of Public Health Newcomers Health Program.
    Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 5pm


Belonging & Inclusion Storytimes


Welcome to San Mateo County video playing at Quarry Park

In celebration of Welcoming Week 2022, San Mateo County residents and leaders came together to deliver a message of belonging and inclusion. Welcome to San Mateo County, we're so glad you're here!

More Events


For more events taking place during Welcoming Week and hosted by Redwood City, please click here or visit this page