WELCOMING WEEK 2019
Communities and Organizations Across the US, Including the YMCA of Greater Nashua, Joins Welcoming America in Celebrating New Americans During Welcoming Week
This Welcoming Week, taking place September 13-22, the YMCA of Greater Nashua will join Welcoming America and 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 attendance at the Nashua Multicultural Fair on Sept. 15, a Culture Expo hosted at the Nashua YMCA on Sept. 20 and in branch activities including Welcome Week activity cards, country of origin map pinning and more.
“At the YMCA of Greater Nashua, we believe Southern New Hampshire is stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Michael LaChance, CEO. “Welcoming Week is an opportunity for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born—to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values. 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.”
During Welcoming Week, the YMCA of Greater Nashua will host a number of events and activities, including:
ON GOING ACTIVITIES
I’m a Welcomer Activity:
For our community to be strong, connected and secure, we all need the opportunity to belong and contribute our unique gifts and talents for the greater good. During Welcoming Week, take a moment to demonstrate a commitment to being a welcoming person, by downloading the signs below, fill it out with your name and a brief statement and post a selfie online with #WelcomingWeek, #YforAll, #BeCauseY and #NMYMCA.
‘I’m a Welcomer’ Sign | ‘[Location] Welcomes You’ Sign
Map Your Origin Activity:
Stop by one of our branches and add a marker near your birthplace so that we can see just how diverse our community really is.
Sunday, September 15: Nashua Multicultural Festival
We’ll be helping to kick off Welcoming Week with the Greater Nashua community at the Multicultural Fair. Come visit and say hello.
Friday, September 20: Culture Expo at the Nashua YMCA
Come learn about other cultures and countries through visiting with YMCA members representing their countries of origins and/or cultures at the Nashua YMCA. There will be tables set up throughout the Nashua Y lobby representing different countries with food, pictures, attire, etc. Join us in celebrating our community’s diversity.
More Events To Come. Visit here in the future for updates as we add them during the coming weeks.
“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. Thousands of local leaders nationwide are bringing their communities together to bridge divides and build stronger local economies where everyone belongs.”
We look forward to seeing you there.
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net
About Welcoming Week
Welcoming Week, founded by Welcoming America, is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 13-22 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.
Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future. www.welcomingamerica.org.
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