This Welcoming Week (September 10-19), the YMCA of York and York County will join Welcoming America, other YMCAs and organizations nationwide 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. The event is an opportunity for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites people as a community.
During Welcoming Week, the Lancaster Family YMCA in partnership with the YMCA of York and York County will host the following events throughout the week.
Friday, September 10 – 2nd Latino Friday at 6:00 pm at the Strand Capital Performing Arts Center / Appell Center in York. Enjoy a celebration of Latino communities of York through music, food and dance.
Saturday, September 11 – Martin Library will be hosting a virtual Refugee Simulation program at 2 pm. The program is based on the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons. We have created a version of this game based on Omar Mohamed’s graphic novel “When Stars Are Scattered.”
Monday, September 13 – Proclamation readings from the York City, County, and state with an invocation in 3 Languages and a poem by Vito Grippi. 5:30 pm at the York YMCA
Monday, September 13 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – CASA movie screening on the topic of detention centered around the nation at TechRev Center at 301 W Market St, York
Tuesday, September 14 – Welcoming Week resolution at Council Meeting (Lancaster). Neighborhood Leaders Academy will be awarding new refugee families with Welcome Packets during Council Meeting.
Tuesday, September 14 – An immigrant Interfaith at the York YMCA from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. This will be a discussion on faith practices throughout the community and their work with immigrants and receiving communities.
Wednesday, September 15 – Zayra Falu and Lancaster City’s “Latinos Culture training” via zoom through the New American Welcome Center at 8:30 am
Wednesday, September 15 – Creative York gallery tour: Creative York gallery tours are a fascinating introduction into the inspired world of art. Wednesday, September 15 from 11-12:30 pm at 10 N. Beaver St, York 17401. Contact: Mindy Christian Mindy@creativeyork.org
Thursday, September 16 – Market View Arts, program immigrant education on misconceptions and story by Hagir Elsheikh from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in York
Friday, September 17 – “Through My Eyes” – an art exhibit featuring the work of refugee students from the School District of Lancaster” Hub 450 | 450 N. Prince St. Lancaster PA, Friday, September 17 | 6:30-8:30
Saturday, September 18 – Community Festival brought to us by Servants, Inc. from 11 am – 2 pm in Lancaster PA.
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603