YMCA of WNC Celebrates New Americans During Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week

The YMCA of Western North Carolina welcomes all. During Welcoming Week, Sept. 14-23, the Y's eight local centers will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide in hosting events to celebrate immigrants' contributions to communities. 

Welcoming Week's goal is to bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Activities are free and open to the public and include multicultural potlucks, international dance classes, and family movie nights.

"At the YMCA of Western North Carolina, we believe our community is stronger when everyone feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good," said Paul Vest, president and CEO of the YMCA of WNC. "We're 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's 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."

For a complete list of Welcoming Week activities at YMCA of WNC locations, please see ymcawnc.org/welcoming-week-2018.

"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."