Welcoming Week is Here

This Welcoming Week, taking place September 13-22, the YMCA of Central Ohio will join Welcoming America, along with 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 events at multiple branches across central Ohio. 

“At the YMCA of Central Ohio, we believe Columbus and it's suburbs are stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Kim Jordan, COO of the YMCA of Central Ohio. “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.”

"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 together to bridge divides and build stronger local economies where everyone belongs."

Join us for various events at a branch near you. All events are free and open to everyone in the community. We encourage you to join an event near you and bring a friend or two!

Delaware Community Center YMCA:  

  • Date: Sunday, September 29th (Postponed 1 week due to the fair)
  • Time: 6:00- 8:00PM
  • Details: Block Party! New residents to Delaware, members and community members alike are welcome to enjoy games, food and friends! The lower level of the Y will be open.

Downtown YMCA: 

  • Date: Friday, September 20th
    • Time: 11:30AM- 1:30PM
    • Details:  Lunch potluck with support from Cristo Rey students, featuring food from around the world to celebrate the heritage and culture of our community
  • Date: Sunday, September 22nd
    • Open House on Sunday (free parking) featuring photos & map from the event

Don M. & Margaret Hilliker YMCA:

  • Date: Friday, September 13th
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • Details:  Outdoor community-wide viewing of Coco, a notable film that celebrates family, community, and culture. Bring blankets, chairs, snacks and drinks.

Gahanna/John E.  Bickley YMCA:

  • Date: Monday, September 16th
  • Times:
    • 9:00AM- 11:00AM
    • 5:00- 7:00PM
  • Details:  Two Open House Events for all members of our community. Enjoy coffee, infused water, and snacks. Place a star on the world map representing your heritage and make a craft with your kids while you enjoy fellowship with other community members. Everyone is welcome so feel free to drop in!

Grove City YMCA:

  • Date: Friday, September 13th
  • Times:
    • 9:00- 11:00AM
    • 5:00- 7:00PM
  • Details:  Open House all day with drop-in tours and popcorn and cider for members and the community. Post in the lobby where you are from!

Pickaway County Family YMCA:

  • Details:  All Child Care programs will participate in Welcoming Week-lesson plans based on diversity, inclusion, global. Check out our DIG board for monthly celebrations, trivia and thought provoking facts! Don't forget to visit our Welcoming week table. Take part in 'expanding your world', an activity for you your family to do together.

North YMCA:

  • Date: Thursday, September 19th
  • Time: 10:00AM- 2:00PM
  • Details: Join us for a Naturalization Ceremony of our New American neighbors and stay after for a job fair. All members of the community welcome for the both the Naturalization Ceremony and the job fair. 

Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA:

  • Dates: September 16th- September 20th
    • Details: After school program will build curriculum around DIG, Welcoming Week.
  • Date: Sunday, September 15th
    • Details: Community tours will be given all day
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