Welcoming Week

September 10 – 19, 2021

Welcoming Week is a global celebration that brings together immigrants and U.S.-born community members to get to know one another and build community. Ys across the country are planning virtual or physically distanced events to help immigrant and U.S.-born neighbors connect and celebrate what unites us as a community. This year, we will spend Welcoming Week celebrating and strengthening the sense of home and belonging that we want to cultivate for every member of our community. September 10 -19, help us celebrate and build a stronger community. See the full list of events by location below!

Join us for our Welcoming Week Celebration!
Saturday, September 18, 10 AM – 2 PM

This statewide, FREE family event is open to the community – bring your friends!! Join us and enjoy tons of fun like games, moon bounces, food, and more. Check out details by location below.


Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA

September 14, 6 pm  – Jamaican food in the lobby with D & H Jamaican Cusine

September 15, 12 pm –  Capoeira demo with Sam

Saturday, September 18 (10 AM – 2 PM): Tons of fun for the whole family including an inflatable obstacle course, games, and crafts!

  • 10 AM – 2 PM: El Charrito Tacos Food Truck
  • 10:30 AM: Zumba
  • 12 PM – Indonesian Dance
  • 1 PM – Irish Dance with  Docairde School of Irish Dance

Brandywine YMCA

Monday, September 13 (10 am – 2 pm):  Asian Pacific Islander Aloha Day
Receive Welcome Leis and enjoy Freeze Pops, while supplies last.

Tuesday, September 14 (9-11 am & 2-4 pm): What’s Your Heritage/Member Appreciation Day
Get your Polaroid selfie posted on our world map. Enjoy treats and share your family heritage.

Wednesday, September 15 (9 – 11 am & 11-noon): Healthy Living and Chinese Culture
Meet Board Member Annie Tsao and learn about healthy recipes and Chinese culture.

Friday, September 17 (11 am – 2 pm): Italian Heritage Day
Enjoy pizza donated by our partners at Pat’s Pizza!

Saturday, September 18 (10 AM – 2 PM): Join us for a great day including fun family activities, food trucks (Cajun Snow & Koi on the Go), henna tattoos,  dance performances, outdoor group exercise classes, moon bounce, and more!


Western Family Y

Saturday, September 18 (10 AM – 2 PM): Join us outside for our most popular group exercise classes including BodyCombat, BodyFlow, Zumba, and more! Plus, kids will have a great time doing crafts in the lobby.

Sunday, September 19th: Great Human Race 5K & International Food Festival – Join us in partnership with the West Wilmington Seventh Day Adventist Church, as we get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community. Plus, enjoy a variety of foods from around the world, and entertainment for the entire family including international games, special global performances, moon bounce, photo booth, raffles & more!  Click here to register and learn more!


Central YMCA

Saturday, September 18 (10 AM – 2 PM): Food trucks, local vendors, and fun performances!


Middletown Family YMCA

Saturday, September 18 (10 AM – 2 PM): Join us all week as we highlight different cultures found in our community. We will also have tons of fun with crafts in the KidsZone and prize raffles!

Saturday, September 18: Crafts, Music, Zumba, Games, and more!


Dover YMCA

Saturday, September 18 (10 AM – 2 PM): Food trucks, Dover PD Community Outreach, Delaware State Drumline,  giveaways, crafts, cultural performances and more! Plus, join us for a special Spektrum Dance Division Demo from 11 – 11:30 am.


Sussex Family YMCA

Saturday, September 18:

  • 8:30 am – Outdoor Spin
  • 9:45 am – Yoga Flow
  • 10 am- 12 pm – A family fun event with games, moon bounces, food and more!
  • 12 – 1:45 pm – Recreational Swim

Our Mission


To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.