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YMCA of York and York County’s New American Welcome Center Joins Welcoming America in Celebrating New Americans During Welcoming Week

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August 30, 2019
Welcoming Week, taking place September 13-20, 2019, YMCA of York and York County will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide in hosting events to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and include a variety of events. Welcoming Week was created to highlight immigrants and newcomers in our community through education, arts, food, and music.
“At the YMCA of York and York County, we believe York County is stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Craig Wolf, Director of Community Impact. “Welcoming Week is an opportunity for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born—to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values. We are proud to be a part of Welcoming Week, which is demonstrating that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of all backgrounds are coming together to create stronger communities.”
During Welcoming Week, the YMCA of York and York County will host:
  • Friday, 9/13 10 am and 1 pm—Pedi Cab Tours @ York YMCA
  • Monday, 9/16, 5:30 pm—Proclamation and Panel Discussion @ Old County Courthouse
  • Tuesday, 9/17, 5 pm—Teen Event @ Martin Library
  • Wednesday, 9/18 12 pm and 6 pm—Inter-faith Dialog @ York YMCA
  • Thursday, 9/19, 5:30 pm—Parade of Nations @ York Revolution
  • Friday, 9/20, 10 am—Naturalization Ceremony at Old County Courthouse
“One of the great things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pull our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and stability,” said Jose Santiago, New American Welcome Center Director.
For more information, please visit: http://yorkcoymca.org/welcoming-week-2019/ or contact Jose Santiago at jsantiago@yorkcoymca.org
About the Y
The YMCA of York and York County is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Serving over 66,000 people in the greater York region with over 13,000 annual active members, the Y engages men, women, and children, regardless of age, income, or background, to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the region’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the York community for over 164 years, the Y has long-standing relationships and a physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
About Welcoming Week
Welcoming Week, founded by Welcoming America, is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 13-22 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.
Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future. www.welcomingamerica.org.

Zack Newby
Development and Marketing Assistant
YMCA of York and York County 
90 N. Newberry Street, York, PA 17401
P: 717-812-0119, Ext. 304
F: 717-845-7286
C: 717-880-7173