Welcoming Week

Our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. Welcoming Week celebrates the movement of communities to fully embrace immigrants and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. 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!

All events are free and open to everyone. 

Welcoming Week 2019 | September 13 - 22

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Bellevue Family YMCA

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Presents: Know Your Rights Workshop

6:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m.

An expert immigration attorney will discuss the current state of immigration law and your rights as a documented or undocumented immigrant. For more information: kgangsaas@seattleymca.org


Friday, September 13, 2019

West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA

Cycling Around the Globe 

We’re taking over the music during cycling classes with global music! Come to your favorite cycling class as usual, or try it for the first time, but be ready for amazing music from around the world as you cycle and sweat your tail off! Call branch for times and details.

Matt Griffin YMCA

The Map of Us

Tell us where in the world you’re from using our lobby map, and check out the multi-cultural activities in the Kids Zone, both all week long! Call branch for times and details.

West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA

World Dance Party

Join us for a fun dance party featuring mini-dance lessons from around the globe!  To sign up for this free event, please visit our Welcome Desk or give us a call. Call branch for times and details.

Coal Creek YMCA

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated in several Asian countries. We will have mooncakes and tons of fun and engaging activities for the whole family. Call branch for times and details.

Auburn Valley YMCA

Multicultural Food Festival

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy tasty food and learn about the many cultures that make up our community at our Multicultural Food Festival! Activities include dinner, cultural food tasting, dance performances, giveaways, bounce house, and more!

Northshore YMCA

Cultural Potluck

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join in our neighbor to neighbor cultural potluck tasting and learning about the food and cultures in our community. Make a dish to share or come ready to eat and eager to learn!


Saturday, September  14, 2019

Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA

Community Wellness Event

We’re turning our Y into a Welcoming Week Wellness hub! Come by for chair massage, reflexology, yoga, tai chi, dance, and more! Call branch for times and details.

Dale Turner YMCA

Postcard Writing Parents Night Out

In unity and support of the Latinx community, we’ll be writing letters and postcards of support to the children detained at the border. Call branch for times and details.


New Kent YMCA Grand Opening!

Games, activities, and tons of food vendors will be going on during the grand opening of our newest branch in Kent! We’ll be doing tours in multiple languages and featuring food from across the globe.

Bellevue Family YMCA

Community Resource Fair

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy food games, a bouncy house, and tons of community resources at our resource fair. We’ve partnered with a number of organizations to help us share information and resources about health screenings, healthcare information, legal information, and more. Come learn something new and have a fun time doing so!

Coal Creek YMCA

Cycle Around the World

Join our Y staff as you cycle around the world! Each class will visit a new country. If you travel the world you will be entered for a chance to win a free small group training session. Call branch for times and details.

Auburn Valley YMCA

Celebrando Zumba

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Celebrating LatinX culture through Zumba. Join us for 2 hours of Zumba, as we incorporate techniques borrowed from Latin dance styles, such as samba, salsa, and merengue.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA

Community Conversation

Join us for a community conversation about health and equity, with an emphasis on mental health. Call branch for times and details.


Monday, September 16 - Friday, September 20, 2019

Northshore YMCA

Multilingual Storytime

Monday 16 – Friday 20, 10:00 am and 5:00 pm each day

Grab the kiddos and join us for some classic storytime in different languages! Kids Zone will also have various crafts for kids to engage in to help us learn more about our neighbors-- new and old!


Monday, September 16, 2019

Camp Orkila on Orcas Island

Second-Language Mixer Dinner

 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is an opportunity for Orcas Island residents to practice their second language in a comfortable and fun setting. Please spread the word and bring your friends and families. Speakers of all skill levels welcome! Free food and bilingual mingling and games.

Matt Griffin YMCA

Welcoming Week Branch Takeover

All Day

We’ll have a host of activities going on all day at the branch. Make a Welcome Card in the lobby, kids make multi-cultural crafts in the Kids Zone or join us for a women’s only swim. We’re also doing a food drive for those in need, so bring along a non-perishable food item or two.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony  - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Multicultural Potluck Brunch - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cycling around the World - 9:30 am -10:30 am

Newcomers/Immigrant Voter Registration - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Wednesday, September 18, 2019


West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA

Multicultural Potluck

Try new foods and socialize with others! Join us for our Active Older Adult (AOA) Multicultural Potluck to celebrate Welcoming Week. Bring a favorite dish to share. Call branch for times and details.

Coal Creek YMCA

Cultural Bites!

Join us for a potluck style sampling of foods from different countries. Call branch for times and details.

Bilingual Storytime and Craft

Hear stories in a different language and complete a fun craft, bring the whole family! Call branch for times and details.


Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA

Multicultural Potluck Dinner

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for dinner and dancing! We’ll be celebrating all cultures, but will be paying special attention to LatinX and African cultures today.


Thursday, September 19, 2019


Sammamish Community YMCA

Community Coffee Social

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Come get to know your community! Enjoy coffee and snacks while getting to know your neighbors and all Sammamish has to offer. 


Coal Creek YMCA

Celebrate your friends and your community by bringing someone to safety day who has never been to swim lessons. Call branch for times and details.


Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA

Japanese Tea Ceremony - 10:30 am - 12:30pm

Cycling around the world - 9:30 am - 10:30 am


Friday, September 20, 2019


Auburn Valley YMCA

A Flick and A Float

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for a viewing of Coco in our Aquatics Center; set in Santa Cecilia, an imaginary town in Mexico, Coco celebrates life by diving into death. It explores themes of familial responsibility and loss but marries those heavy themes with musical numbers and unforced comedy.


Dale Turner YMCA

Multicultural Youth Dance Class

Join us as we take you on a journey exploring various cultures through traditional cultural dances. Call branch for times and details.


West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA

Community Night

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Families are invited to join us for an evening of multicultural activities and food that will highlight and celebrate the diversity in our community. This will be free and open to members as well as the community. Photo ID is required for all participants 16+.


Matt Griffin YMCA

Welcome Cards, Diversity Map in the Lobby (Where in the world are you from?) and Non-Perishable Food Drive, Multi-Lingual Story Time In Kids Zone, Multi-Cultural Crafts in Kids Zone. Call branch for times and details.


Saturday, September  21, 2019


University Family YMCA

Community Resource Fair

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our Welcoming Week Family Resource Festival will feature fun outside activities for kids, and information tables presented by local community partners. Celebrate what unites us and learn about cool things happening in our neighborhood!


Sunday, September  22, 2019


Northshore YMCA

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Women's Night at the Y; Join us for a Women's Only Swim event and other group fitness classes that may include yoga, Zumba, and more.


Dale Turner YMCA

Under our Skin: Seattle Times Project Conversations about Race

Discussion on race and inclusion using the Seattle Times "Under Our Skin" video project. Call branch for times.