We believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. Welcoming Week, taking place September 15 - 24, 2017, celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country.
What is Welcoming Week?
Celebrate the Power of Inclusion
Welcoming Week promotes cross-cultural understanding and community cohesion by bringing together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity. In celebration, each of the Greater Seattle YMCA branches is celebrating Welcoming Week in its unique way with a variety of FREE events. Learn more from wall photography and maps, discover new voices at our movie and discussion nights, and meet your neighbor at a potluck or a dance class.
Did you know?
• Combined, immigrants and their U.S.-born children represent 27% of the population
• 1 in 4 kids under age 6 is a child of immigrants
• The 2016 Welcoming Week included nearly 400 events in 150 communities, with more than 50,000 people participating, and over 14 million social media impressions
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At the Y, we’re passionate about working towards making our members, and our staff, directly reﬂect the communities we serve. We want our services to be as accessible to as many people as possible. Financial assistance is always available.