Annual national event celebrating diversity and inclusion by bringing people together and championing a welcoming spirit.
MONTCLAIR, NJ — Join the YMCA of Montclair in celebrating Welcoming Week, September 9-18, a week of events that recognizes diversity and the community benefits of welcoming everyone 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.
“At the YMCA of Montclair we believe our community is stronger when everyone feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Buddy Evans, CEO & President. “We’re excited to celebrate Welcoming Week with events that promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone in our community.”
During Welcoming Week, the YMCA of Montclair invites the community to join several free programs and events inclusive of all:
Global Storytime – Tuesday, September 13, 10:00am
Hear stories of ancestry and immigration at the Geyer Family Y with our friends from Watchung Booksellers.
Global Dance Party – Thursday, September 15, 7:00pm
Join us for a global dance party as we make our way around the world while learning various international dance practices. Led by Fitness Instructor, Jevonn McRae in the Park Street gym.
Sharing Your Heritage – Friday, September 16, 10:00am
Older Adults are invited to join us in the Senior/Teen Room for a special morning of sharing about their ancestors and heritage. Bring an object special to you or a memory to share.
Welcoming Week Map
Mark your country of heritage on a world map displayed in the Park Street lobby.
Sounds From Around the World
Submit music that reminds you of your heritage, and we’ll curate a playlist for you to enjoy in our Park Street lobby.
Pre-registration for both Y members and community members for Welcoming Week events is strongly encouraged. Information on registration and events can be found here: https://www.montclairymca.org/welcoming-week/
Established in 1891, the YMCA of Montclair welcomes all. We are a nonprofit that works to empower young people, improve health and well-being, and inspire action in and across our community. The Y offers need-based financial assistance for its programs to ensure access for all. Serving Bloomfield, Bloomingdale, Clifton, Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, Haskell, Montclair, Verona, and West Milford. For more information, please visit montclairymca.org.