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Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week: September 15-24, 2017

YMCA of San Francisco's Welcoming Week celebrates the growing movement of inclusive communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. Created by YMCA of the USA’s (Y-USA) national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

The Need for Welcoming Week

With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals currently living in the U.S.--more than at any other point in history--it is imperative for the well-being of our communities that all neighbors have opportunities to engage, build mutual understanding and work together to create positive social progress for all.

The Y’s Role

Welcoming Week is a fantastic expression of the Y’s cause to strengthen community by celebrating diversity and fostering social cohesion by building bridges between new Americans and their neighbors. In 2016, YMCAs across the country hosted more than 115 Welcoming Week events, reaching an estimated 25,000 participants.

Learn more about the Welcoming Week events, hosted by our Y's.