At the Y, we believe communities are at their strongest when everyone feels valued, has support to reach their potential and can fully participate in society. Today, there are more than 42 million foreign-born individuals living in the U.S.—more than at any other point in history. For us to reach our potential as a society, it is imperative that immigrants have access to integration services and receiving communities are prepared to welcome all.
Welcoming Week is a national celebration of the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. Created by YMCA of the USA’s (Y-USA) national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents at community-based events to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone! During Welcoming Week, local governments, businesses, non-profits, social services agencies, community organizations, and individuals host events to celebrate diversity and foster community cohesion.
Welcoming Week is designed to:
• Celebrate the diversity of our communities
• Bring together newcomers and longstanding residents to build mutual understanding
• Stand in solidarity with vulnerable communities
• Help communities move beyond divisiveness and fragmentation
Happy Welcoming Week!