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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 25, 2017

Y Welcome Week to be held

Sep 11, 2017

The Washington Community Y and Wellman Parkside Y join in welcoming America and hundreds of communities to celebrate new Americans during Welcoming Week

This Welcoming Week, taking place at the Washington and Wellman Y’s on Sept. 20, will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide in hosting events to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity.

“At the Washington Y, we believe Washington is stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Jean Peiffer, membership director. “Welcoming Week is an opportunity for neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values – all for a better us.”

The Y will celebrate Welcome Week on Wednesday, Sept. 20, and will host the following activities from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Washington site: Pool time from 3 to 3:45 p.m., dodge ball in the gym for kids from 4 to 5:30 p.m., vision screenings from 3 to 4:30 p.m. by Public Health, tours of the Y on the half hour starting at 3:30 and ending at 6:30 p.m., and snacks for participants. These activities are open to the public. There will be a drawing for prizes, and if any new member joins during this event from 3 to 7 p.m., his or her registration fee will be waived.

At the Wellman site, nonmembers can use the facility all day on Sept. 20. There will be refreshments, dodge ball from 4 to 6 p.m., a drawing, and any new members signing up for a membership that day will get the join fee waived.

“Communities recognize the benefits of being welcoming and ensuring that everyone can fully contribute to a community’s prosperity,” said David Lubell, founder and executive director of Welcoming America. “Welcoming Week events are a powerful way to promote cross-cultural understanding and build bridges between new and longtime residents, which results in stronger communities for all.”

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