Welcoming Week | West Suburban YMCA

Welcoming Week

Date(s): 
Sep 10, 2021 to Sep 19, 2021
Time(s): 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Belonging Begins With Us!

Welcoming Week (September 10-19) is a national celebration that brings together newcomer immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and showcase the growing movement of communities striving to be more welcoming places for ALL. This year's theme is Belonging Begins With Us. Each and every one of us has the power to help others, regardless of their background, to feel like they are seen, embraced, welcomed, and included in our communities.

Visit the Y during Welcoming Week for more information and activities in the lobby and on social media to help make connections and cultivate a sense of belonging!

  • Global Connections: Where are you from? Where did your family come from? Show us on our interactive world map!
  • Say Hello: Learn to say "hello" in a new language! Do you know a language other than English? Add your language's word for "hello" so others can learn too.
  • Be a Welcomer: Tell us why you think it is important to help others feel welcomed and included!
  • Get Social: Snap a selfie and post with the hashtag #BelongingBeginsWithUS or use the Y-branded "This is what belonging looks like" Giphy sticker in an Instagram or Facebook story!
  • Tell Us More: We're encouraging our members and program participants to complete a brief survey related to diversity, inclusion, and race at our YMCA. Your feedback is essential in helping us make informed decisions to build a more welcoming community.
  • Try the Y: Not a member? Try us out for free during Welcoming Week - swim in the pool, workout in the fitness center, shoot hoops in the gym, etc. We hope you'll consider joining our community!

Help us continue to make our community a welcoming place for ALL!