“Belonging Begins With Us” Campaign and the Team Up Project Partner on New PSA to Unite Communities Across America

 The Ad Council, American Immigration Council and the Team Up Project collaborate to encourage welcoming actions across the country

March 5, 2024
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March 5, 2024

New York, NY, March 5, 2024 Today, “Belonging Begins With Us,” an Ad Council and American Immigration Council (AIC) campaign, partnered with the Team Up Project to release a new public service advertisement (PSA) encouraging people to come together across lines of difference to cultivate stronger, more connected communities.

The Team Up Project – led by founding partners Catholic Charities USA, Habitat for Humanity International, Interfaith America and the YMCA of the USA – seeks to expand relationship-building activities and encourage connection in local communities through shared action. This closely aligns with and uplifts the mission of the AIC and the broader “Belonging Begins With Us” campaign to create a more welcoming nation where everyone can belong.

To encourage more of the bridge-building behaviors already taking place daily in communities across the nation, the new PSA “Shared Table” highlights opportunities for people from all walks of life to connect with one another through community activities such as book clubs, volunteering and potluck meals. Created by Avoq, the film is a montage of human connection, featuring people engaging with one another around various types of tables that represent opportunities to get to know others and create stronger, more connected communities.

The PSA directs audiences to a dedicated landing page on the campaign website, BelongingBeginsWithUs.org/TeamUp.The landing page features real stories of belonging from across the country, a guided quiz that prompts users to reflect on their own sense of belonging and bridge-building actions people can take to help others in their local community feel that they belong.

“At our core, each of us longs to belong – to feel like we can be our full selves, contribute to a collective purpose, and be surrounded by fulfilling relationships,” said Kimberly Serrano, director of the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council. “The fact is, all of us question whether or not we belong, but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Belonging is dynamic and attainable, and we can find it and build it together.”

According to the AIC and OverZero’s Belonging Barometer report, nearly two-thirds of Americans report feeling a lack of belonging in at least one life setting, including 64% in the workplace, 68% in the country and 74% in their local community. This underscores the need for people to connect with others across lines of difference so they can benefit from a stronger sense of belonging – a basic human need that is vital to our personal health, the productivity of our workplaces and the strength of our democracy. 

Since the “Belonging Begins With Us” campaign launched in December 2020, its PSAs have garnered more than 5.2B impressions, raising awareness about the importance of belonging. According to an Ad Council online survey of over 1,300 U.S. adults, respondents who are aware of the “Belonging Begins With Us” campaign's PSAs are significantly more likely to have reflected on what it means to feel a sense of belonging in their community (83% aware vs. 62% not aware). They were also more likely to report  getting to know someone who moved to this country on a personal level in the past 12 months (73% aware vs. 47% not aware) compared to those who are not aware of the PSAs. The new PSA aims to reach even more people, and will be distributed to more than 1,800 TV stations across the country and the work will be promoted across Ad Council, American Immigration Council, Team Up Project and “Belonging Begins with Us” social channels, with a combined following of nearly 3 million people.

For more information about the “Belonging Begins With Us” campaign and the Team Up Project partnership, visit BelongingBeginsWithUs.org/TeamUp or follow the campaign on Instagram, Facebook, X and LinkedIn.


For more information, contact:

Ben Dorf at the Ad Council, [email protected]

Brianna Dimas at American Immigration Council, [email protected]

The Ad Council

The Ad Council convenes creative storytellers to educate, unite and uplift audiences by opening hearts, inspiring action and accelerating change around the most pressing issues in America. Since the non-profit’s founding, the organization and its partners in advertising, media, marketing and tech have been behind some of the country’s most iconic social impact campaigns – Smokey Bear, A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, Love Has No Labels, Tear the Paper Ceiling and many more. With a current focus on mental health, gun safety, the opioid epidemic, skill-based hiring and other critical issues, the Ad Council’s national campaigns encompass advertising and media content, ground game and community efforts, trusted messenger and influencer engagement, and employer programs, among other innovative strategies to move the needle on the most important issues of the day.

To learn more or get involved, visit AdCouncil.org, join the Ad Council's communities on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, and view campaign creative on YouTube.

American Immigration Council

The American Immigration Council works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. The Council brings together problem solvers and employs four coordinated approaches to advance change—litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications. In January 2022, the Council and New American Economy merged to combine a broad suite of advocacy tools to better expand and protect the rights of immigrants, more fully ensure immigrants’ ability to succeed economically, and help make the communities they settle in more welcoming. 

Follow the latest Council news and information on AmericanImmigrationCouncil.org and Twitter.


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