From September 10-19, YMCAs throughout the nation are mobilizing around Welcoming Week, a time 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. It is an opportunity for neighbors--both immigrants nd 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." Whether it's starting a new job, moving to a new neighborhood or starting a new school, we've all had moments where 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 experiencing 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.
At the Greater Green Bay YMCA, #BelongingBeginsWithUs. This week and every day, let's come together in support of our immigrant neighbors.