Welcoming Week 2018

Join Us for a Celebration of Our Community's Diversity, September 14-23


Communities and Organizations Across the US, Including the YMCA of Greater Nashua, Join Welcoming America in Celebrating New Americans During Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week

This Welcoming Week, taking place September 14-23, 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 a film showing and discussion, cooking and dance classes, a panel discussion about diversity in our community 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. “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. It is a time to celebrate the shared values that unite us as neighbors, parents and colleagues, and to make our towns more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home.”



Each event is FREE to the community, and we invite everyone to join us, but we ask that you please register ahead of time so that we can plan accordingly for the Welcoming Week fun and festivities.

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During Welcoming Week, the YMCA of Greater Nashua will host a number of events and activities, including:


Welcoming Week


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.



Registration for these events aren’t required, but it is desired so that we can gauge interest in each of the scheduled events. Please see the links below each event to register or view the full registration list by clicking here.


Monday, September 17: Documentary Film Showing and Discussion (Merrimack YMCA) 6:00 p.m.

We will be showing, “Welcome to Shelbyville,” a PG rated documentary on immigration which will be followed by a group discussion.

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Welcoming Week

Tuesday, September 18: Lebanese Cooking Class (Merrimack YMCA) 7:00 p.m.

Come learn how to cook a special Lebanese dish and enjoy eating dinner together afterwards.

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Wednesday, September 19: Kids Book Reading and Craft (Nashua YMCA) 4:30 p.m.

Get the kids involved in reading a book and making a special craft afterward.

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Thursday, September 20: Bollywood Dance Class (Nashua YMCA) 7:30 p.m.

Come learn how they dance in Bollywood movies with this fun class which is also great exercise!

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Friday, September 21: The Human Library (Nashua YMCA) 6 p.m.

The Human Library will include a panel of individuals who will share their story and participate in a discussion with the group. This will be an impactful discussion where you will have the opportunity to learn more about those in our community.

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“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.

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