YMCA of Delaware Celebrates Hosts Welcoming Week Events

Celebrations to take place at YMCA’s across the state Saturday, September 18, 2021 and Sunday, September 19, 2021

Wilmington, DE– This Welcoming Week (September 10-19), the YMCA of Delaware will join Welcoming America, other YMCAs, and organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Each year, Welcoming Week elevates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of the country. The event is an opportunity for neighbors, both immigrants and U.S.-born residents, to get to know one another and celebrate what unites people as a community.

“This year, we’re reminding our community that belonging begins with us,” says Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, CEO. “Whether it’s starting a new job, moving to a new neighborhood, or starting a new school, we’ve all had moments when we felt like we didn’t belong. It’s a universal feeling that we all can relate to, but for people who move to this country and experience language barriers, cultural differences, and more, feeling excluded can take years to overcome. We all have the power to help others feel they belong; each of us can help others, regardless of their background, feel like they are seen, embraced, welcomed, and included in our community.”

During Welcoming Week, YMCA of Delaware branches throughout the state will host welcoming week celebrations on Saturday, September 18th from 10 AM to 2 PM. This statewide, FREE family event is open the community and will include tons of fun, games, moon bounces, food and more. For a list of details by location, visit https://www.ymcade.org/welcoming-week/. In addition, the Western Family YMCA will host an International Food Festival and 5k Race on Sunday, September 19th from 10 AM- 3 PM.

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