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The YMCA of Greater Whittier Joins Welcoming America in Celebrating New Americans During Welcoming Week

Join us for a virtual Social media celebration Saturday, September 12-Sunday, September 20

Whittier, CA-This Welcoming Week (September 12-20), YMCA of Greater Whittier will join Welcoming America and other YMCAs and organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Each year, Welcoming Week brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

“It is critically important to celebrate Welcoming Week in 2020, as our country faces the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread unrest in response to systemic racism,” said Penny Lopez, Executive Director of Administration Services and Staff Leader on the Y’s Diversity, Inclusion and Global Initiative Task Force. “At the Y, we seek to build bridges and heal communities, and we invite neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to use Welcoming Week as an opportunity to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values and contributions.”

During Welcoming Week, join us on FaceBook at Uptown YMCA and East Whittier YMCA all week to hear stories and see images of why Welcoming Week is so meaningful to our community and our Y Family. Be a part of the celebration by sharing your own story! Upload a video or snap a selfie telling us why you are a welcomer and post it n FaceBook. Remember to tag @uptownYMCA and @eastwhittierYMCA and add the hashtags #ForeverWelcoming and #WelcomingWeek in your post. Download your welcomer sign using the download link below.

About the YMCA of Greater Whittier

Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 105 years in the Greater Whittier area. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide.