We’re Celebrating Welcoming Week September 14-23!

YMCA of Columbia is proud to partner with Welcoming America for Welcoming Week! At the Y, we believe communities are at their strongest when everyone feels valued, has support to reach their potential and can fully participate in society. Today, there are more than 42 million foreign-born individuals living in the U.S.—more than at any other point in history. For us to reach our potential as a society, it is imperative that immigrants have access to integration services and receiving communities are prepared to welcome all. 

Welcoming Week is a national celebration of the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. Created by YMCA of the USA’s national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone! 

Welcoming Week is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the Y’s ‘for all’ mission and build bridges between people from all backgrounds. As a member, thank you for your commitment to inclusion and making everyone feel welcome, valued and connected to their community.

FREE Community Open House – Tuesday, September 25
We are excited to host an encore community Open House Tuesday, September 25. Everyone is invited to visit, tour, and enjoy our facilities for the day free of charge. 

FREE Community Group Ex Classes
All six of our facilities will also be hosting free community group ex classes all week– the perfect time to invite your friends and neighbors to experience all the Y has to offer! Offerings vary by day and branch, so please check with your Y for the week’s schedule. All non-members must sign-in and complete a daily wavier form.