YMCA Presents Welcoming Week Events

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This fall the Y will be joining with other Ann Arbor organizations to celebrate the diversity of our community during Welcoming Week, September 15-24. Welcoming Week is a national initiative seeking to bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

Welcoming Week events celebrate the growing movement of inclusive communities that fully embrace New Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. 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! 2017 is the first year that the Ann Arbor YMCA will participate in this national event.

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. Combined, immigrants and their U.S.-born children represent 27% of the population (Source: Migration Policy Institute).

Ann Arbor YMCA Welcoming Week events will be presented across Washtenaw County (Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and Pinckney) and all (except for the Futsal Tournaments, which have a registration fee) are free and open to the public. Please click headers for additional details:

International Dance Day: Saturday September 16, 11 am-1 pm at Riverside Park, 2 E Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Many Faiths One Voice: Prayers for Unity: Sunday September 17, 2-3 pm West Park Band Shell Ann Arbor, Chapin Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Community Resource Fair: Sunday September 17, 3-5 pm at Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 West Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Adult Futsal Tournament (15 and up): Friday September 22, 6-9 pm at Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 West Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Youth Futsal Tournament (7-10): Saturday September 23: 2 -4 pm, at Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 West Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Teen Futsal Tournament (11-14): Saturday September 23: 4 -6 pm, at Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 West Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

International Family Festival and Potluck Celebration: Sunday September 24 , 1-3 pm at YMCA Camp Birkett, 4191 Dexter Town Hall Road, Pickney, MI 48169

For more information please go to our website at www.annarborymca.org/welcomingweek or contact Jan Hack at jhack@annarborymca.org.

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