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YMCA Welcoming Week: September 10-19

We believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. Created by YMCA of the USA's national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week, which takes place each year in September, celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace newcomer immigrants. It's a chance for neighbors - both immigrants and U.S.-born residents - to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community!

While Welcoming Week will look different this year in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, this opportunity to bring neighbors together in a spirit of unity remains critically important as we seek to build bridges and heal communities suffering from the effects of systemic racism and discrimination. 

Check below for all of this year's ways to celebrate Welcoming Week!

Not a YMCA member? Stop into any of our locations for a tour!


We invite our community to the Y to celebrate the power of inclusion and coming together for good! Welcoming Week promotes cross-cultural understanding and community cohesion by bringing together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity.

  • Sample teas from around the world at our coffee stations.
  • We're making a cookbook! Look for an email during Welcoming Week inviting you to submit a recipe from your heritage! Or click on the link below to submit.
  • Visit your local branch for and take a peek at our Welcoming Week Map Project.
  • Wear your new Welcoming Week shirt with PRIDE! The deadline to order a shirt has passed. Look for another order again in 2022!

Welcoming Week t-shirt image

YMCA Welcoming Week Community Cookbook

We're making a digital community cookbook!

We want your recipes - your background- and your story- to be a part of our first ever YMCA Welcoming Week Community Cookbook! The Cookbook will celebrate the diversity of cultures we have in our region- from American to International, family recipes to new exciting cross-cultural creations.

Food is the great connector in our communities and the YMCA Welcoming Week Community Cookbook serves as a gathering place for the stories, recipes, and history that bring us together. Please submit as many recipes as you want!

Submit your recipe now!


Join Michael, Group Fitness Manager/Member Engagement Specialist at the Charles E. Lakin YMCA, as he cooks this recipe that his family has been making for generations, usually around the holidays. Click the link below to download the recipe.

  Michael's Grandma's Italian 'S' Cookies

Join Hadeel, Zumba instructor at the Maple Street YMCA & Twin Rivers YMCA, as she makes Eggplant Fetah, a recipe that she learned from her auntie in Jordan. Eggplant Fetah is enjoyed all over the Middle East in many forms, some with meat, some without. Click the link below to download the recipe.


  Hadeel's Eggplant Fetah