Solas means "light" in Irish. Each year at the Solas Awards, The Welcoming Center shines a light on the contributions immigrants have been making in our city and region. Last year, we came together virtually during the height of the pandemic. In 2022, we look forward to gathering in person and bringing our community together for the first time in two years for an evening of celebration, learning, and connecting.
Association of Mexican Business Owners of Philadelphia: During the pandemic, many small businesses were not able to access relief funds. Several immigrant-owned businesses in South Philadelphia joined together to support one another, launch a GoFundMe campaign, and promote the cultural and economic contributions that Latino merchants bring to Philadelphia.
Let’s Talk Philly Conversation Circles: An organization made up of immigrants and refugees from diverse countries and cultures working together to improve community wellness and overcome barriers to social and economic integration by building language and leadership skills.
I Belong Philly: A group of immigrant leaders and social entrepreneurs inspiring other immigrants to realize they are an integral part of our city. I Belong Philly's mission is "to facilitate a space where we will create opportunities, dialog, build relationships, networking, appreciate culture, with the goal to give a better life to immigrants in the U.S."
for Witty Gritty
April 27, 2022