Uniting NC is a growing young non-profit that is committed to helping North Carolinians understand and appreciate the diversity that is changing the face of our state. We are based in Raleigh, but we work across the state to bring immigrants and non-immigrants together and promote civil dialogue. We are part of a national grassroots collective, active in more than 15 states, which believes in creating a nation.
Our work is not intended to further any policy or support any political position. Instead, Uniting NC’s main goal is to promote the understanding that we are all human beings with the same desires for safety, opportunity and happiness. Once we understand our common humanity, we can work together to build stronger, safer, more productive communities.
Uniting NC pursues its mission by hosting events that bring people of all backgrounds together for meals, films and conversation. During the past year, we have helped host events in Charlotte, the Piedmont and the Triangle. Last October, nearly 300 people came out for a screening of “Welcome to Shelbyville,” a documentary about the origins of our movement. We have dozens more events in the works for 2011.
Uniting NC also produces public service announcements, billboards and videos that reveal the humanity of immigrants. Recently, one of our radio PSAs has been running on several Triangle radio stations. And in the coming months, we plan to launch our second billboard campaign. We also run a very active website and Facebook page that connect people with the stories of immigrants and newcomers.
Lastly, we are building a state-wide corps of volunteers working to make their communities more welcoming. We have already hosted one training session for volunteers this year, and we are working to pull together volunteer committees that will spread our message in their communities. With the help of our volunteers and collaborations with other community groups, we plan to extend our reach and hold more events than ever in 2011.