The County of San Mateo Office of Community Affairs is pleased to recognize and celebrate Welcoming Week 2023 (Sept. 8-17). 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 in the Park
  • Let’s kick off Welcoming Week! Join SMC Office of Community Affairs, SMC Parks, North Fair Oaks Library, and community partners for reading, activities, ice cream, and resources at Friendship Park.  
    • Friendship Park: Sept. 10th: from 11am to 1pm - 290 Huntington Avenue, North Fair Oaks
Immigration Legal Update Webinar
  • Join SMC Office of Community Affairs and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center for a Webinar covering local and national immigration policy updates. This is a bilingual webinar with Spanish interpretation provided. 
    • Tuesday, September 12th: 11am-12pm on Zoom.
The Donut King Screening
  • Join SMC Office of Community Affairs and Redwood City Together for a screening of The Donut King, a documentary following a family’s journey as Cambodian refugees coming to California, transforming the donut industry, and providing a pathway to safety for many more refugees. Local donuts will be served! RSVP and reserve your free ticket here.  
    • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Community Space: Tuesday, September 12th at 5:30pm  801 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City
Storytimes and Crafts
  • Visit a San Mateo County library branch this week to attend special Storytimes featuring books and poems that promote messages of inclusion and welcoming for kids.
    • South San Francisco Library: Sept. 11th at 10:30am. Join us for bilingual storytime and a Welcoming craft at the SSF Grand Ave library location. 
    • Half Moon Bay Library: Sept. 13th at 11am. Join us for bilingual storytime and a Welcoming craft.
    • Daly City Library: Sept. 13th at 6pm. Storytime with local author/illustrator Elizabeth Gomez followed by a Welcoming Craft. 
    • Foster City Library: Sept 14th at 11am. Join us for a community puzzle craft following Toddler Storytime at 10:30.
Welcoming in the Makerspace
  •  Join SMC Office of Community Affairs, Redwood City Library, and SMC Poet Laureate Emerita Aileen Cassinetto for a Welcoming Week craft night. Make a multilingual Welcoming sign in the Makerspace! Light refreshments will be served.  

Last year, 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