SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area YMCA will celebrate 'Welcoming Week' September 13–22, joining Welcoming America and hundreds of other YMCAs nationwide in hosting events that recognize immigrants’ contributions to communities in the United States.

All Summit Area YMCA 'Welcoming Week' activities are open to the public, and include bilingual fitness classes, cultural dance classes, henna tattoos and more!

“'Welcoming Week' is an opportunity for neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to learn about each other and celebrate our shared values. It's a time of empathy, education and connection." said Pam Halpin, Senior Director of Strategic Innovation and Membership at the Summit YMCA. 

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As New Jersey's first Diversity, Inclusion & Global Innovation Network, the Summit Area YMCA encompasses a culture of diversity and inclusion. As an organization with welcoming, inclusive practices and environments, the Y welcomes and engages people of all diverse groups in the community to help create lasting, meaningful change.

“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.”

For more information about Summit Area YMCA Welcoming Week events, visit thesay.org/ww.

'Welcoming Week' celebrated across the nation this year on September 15-24 is now expanding to other parts of the world, and features thousands of people and hundreds of local events heralding the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome.

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.

For more information on Welcoming America, visit welcomingamerica.org.