Registration open for 2022 ‘Welcoming Fort Wayne Awards’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Registration is now open for the 2022 Welcoming Fort Wayne Awards honoring outstanding immigrants and refugees and those who work to create a welcoming community.

The event, hosted by Amani Services, takes place during Welcoming Week at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 16 at Ivy Tech Community College, Coliseum Campus. Admission is free but registration is required. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and a light breakfast will be served.

The Welcoming Week event schedule can be found here

Amani Services released the following:

The Welcoming Fort Wayne awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional immigrants and refugees, native community individuals, organizations, and companies that have demonstrated a strong commitment to multiculturalism. The awards are presented by Welcoming Fort Wayne, a chapter of Welcoming America and an initiative of Amani Family Services.

Three awards will be presented this year: Welcoming Organization, Lifetime Achiever, and Emerging Leader.

 Community members are also encouraged to nominate deserving organizations and individuals to receive an award. Award nominations can be submitted until Friday, August 26 here.

“Our sense of belonging is tied to places and spaces that we live, work and rest in,” said Ewelina Connolly, CEO of Amani Family Services. “The Welcoming Fort Wayne Awards offers an opportunity to acknowledge those individuals and organizations who embody welcoming values and actively work to build a bridge between immigrants and refugees and the community at large.”

Welcoming Week is made possible by our following sponsors: Presenting Sponsors — Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Community College; Champion Sponsors — St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Bowen Center; Advocate Sponsors — MDWise and Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission.

Supporting organizations include the City of Fort Wayne, East Allen County Schools, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, Friends of the Third World, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Tech, Ivy Tech, Purdue Fort Wayne, Language Services Network, Multicultural Council of Fort Wayne, Parkview Health, Purdue University Fort Wayne, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, Turnstone, and YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.

Amani Family Services is a local nonprofit organization serving more than 2,000 individuals from around the world. Learn more at