This Welcoming Week, taking place September 14-23, the YMCA of Central Ohio will join Welcoming America, along with 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. Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and include events at multiple branches across central Ohio.
“At the YMCA of Central Ohio, we believe Columbus and it's suburbs are stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Kim Jordan, COO of the YMCA of Central Ohio. “We are proud to be a part of Welcoming Week, which is demonstrating that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of all backgrounds are coming together to create stronger communities. It is a time to celebrate the shared values that unite us as neighbors, parents and colleagues, and to make our towns more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home.”
"These events are part of a powerful and growing movement in our country and around the world, demonstrating that communities want to be welcoming", said Rachel Peric, Executive Director of Welcoming America. "Welcoming Week is a reminder of the resilient and inclusive spirit of American communities together to bridge divides and build stronger local economies where everyone belongs."
Join us for various events at a branch near you. All events are free and open to everyone in the community. We encourage you to join an event near you and bring a friend or two!