Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week is an initiative created by Welcoming America, a nonprofit leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by ensuring everyone belongs, including immigrants.  The theme this year is Where We Belong.



Welcoming Week events in Polk County:


The Junction Speaks

Friday, September 2, 3PM-8PM

Raccoon River Nature Lodge

2500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines

Website: https://www.tasteofthejunction.org/


Taste of the Junction: Multicultural Festival

Saturday, September 3, 2PM-10PM

Historic Valley Junction

5th &  Railroad, West Des Moines

Website: https://www.tasteofthejunction.org/


Valley Multicultural Mural Reception

Tuesday, September 6, 5PM-7PM

Valley High School

3650 Woodland Ave, West Des Moines


Free Community Meal and Resource Fair

Saturday, September 10, 2PM-5PM

Polk County River Place

2309 Euclid Ave, Des Moines


This event is about neighbor meeting neighbor and sharing a meal together.  We hope this event sparks engaging conversations, builds community, and educates about the resources available to all who live, work and play here. 

Hosted by: Polk County and African American Leadership Academy


Places and Spaces We Belong: Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 14, 1PM-3PM

Event Center West

1705 25h St, West Des Moines

Register here


The goal of this event is to introduce attendees to places and spaces in Polk County that are doing the work to foster belonging in the community, but are also not turning a blind eye to the challenges that exist to achieve this system change.

Hosted by: Polk County



Are you hosting a Welcoming Week event in Polk County and want to add it to the events list? Contact us at diversityandinclusion@polkcountyiowa.gov