CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) wants to make sure everyone is welcome and comfortable in Charlottesville. Its Welcoming Week is set to kick off Friday, September 13,  and there will be activities for all.

Charlottesville Welcoming Week began in 2017 as a way to provide support to immigrants and refugees, and to educate people about the needs and contributions of those individuals.

"Immigrants start small businesses at a much higher rate than native born Americans, for example," said IRC Executive Director Harriet Kuhr.

This year, organizers are teaming up with the University of Virginia to bring in authors Lee Bycel and Sonia Nozario. Other activities include an opportunity to create henna tattoos, a Latin American cultural arts festival, and a few movies.

The International Rescue Committee will host be lunching and learn on Friday where three refugees will share their story.