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SRYMCA Joins Other Ys Across the Country to Celebrate Welcoming Week!

September 23, 2019

YMCA of the USA and Welcoming America share a vision of building more inclusive and welcoming communities where new Americans and long-term residents can all thrive. This year, we are excited that the Saratoga Regional YMCA fully embraced welcoming week. The Y's cause is to strengthen communities and we work every day to make sure that everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from has the opportunity to reach their full potential. The Y's Welcoming Week events brought people together in a spirit of unity, to celebrate our diversity and the importance of being inclusive for a stronger, more cohesive community.

Last week all 5 branches joined hundreds of other Ys across the country to celebrate Welcoming Week.  If you stopped by one of our branches or follow us on social media then you probably noticed that each branch displayed a world map encouraging members and staff to mark their place of origin, whether it is where they were born or where their heritage lay.  Our Saratoga Springs and Malta branches invited members of the community into their branch to showcase a traditional Chinese and Caribbean dance in each of their lobbies.  Each branch also encouraged members to share and display why they welcome diversity in our community. 

Our Preschool programs focused on teaching their kids Spanish this week, while Alysse Kasowski, Corinth Branch Executive Director, taught her BASE children to say hello in 14 different languages!  Yes, that's right.  14 different languages!  Other branches hosted pot lucks and had a variety of traditional foods from different countries/heritages for members to try.  Many members joined in on the fun by bringing recipes from their family lineage to hang up in the lobby to share with all.

"At the Y, we believe communities are strongest when everyone feels valued, has support to reach their potential and can fully participate in society. The Y has a long history of serving immigrants and receiving communities, and we participate in Welcoming Week because it is a meaningful way to bring people together to celebrate the benefits of welcoming everyone and building bridges for more vibrant, cohesive communities.”  - Kevin Washington, President and CEO, YMCA of the USA

Thanks for celebrating with us!