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YMCA Welcoming Week: September 9-18

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.
  • Check out our Local International Eats blog coming September 8! 
  • Visit your local branch for and take a peek at our Welcoming Week Map Project.
  • Watch our social media pages for sneak peeks into projects our YMCA Early Learning Center students are working on.