FLEMINGTON, N.J. - This Welcoming Week, taking place Sept. 14-23, the Hunterdon County YMCA 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.
The Hunterdon County YMCA will observe Welcoming Week with an information table at each branch, highlighting the Y’s Citizenship Study Program. This free program is open to anyone who is eligible to become a US Citizen. The Y provides the forms and study materials from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Gabriela Bonnavent, Bilingual Program Coordinator, will be available to answer questions about the program:
- Monday, Sept. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Deer Path Branch
- Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Round Valley Branch
- Thursday, Sept. 20, 4:00-5:30 pm, Deer Path Branch
“At the Hunterdon County YMCA we believe Hunterdon County is stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Hunterdon YMCA President/CEO Bruce Black. “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. It is a time to celebrate the shared values that unite us as neighbors, parents and colleagues, and to make our towns more welcoming to newcomers and to everyone who calls our community home.”
“These events are part of a powerful and growing movement in our country and around the world, demonstrating that communities want to be welcoming,” said Rachel Peric, Executive Director of Welcoming America. “Welcoming Week is a reminder of the resilient and inclusive spirit of American communities. Thousands of local leaders nationwide are bringing their communities together to bridge divides and build stronger local economies where everyone belongs.”
To learn more visit www.hcymca.org or contact either branch. The Round Valley Branch is located at 1410 Route 22 West in Annandale, 908-236-0055, and the Deer Path Branch is located at 144 West Woodschurch Road in Flemington, 908-782-1030.