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Join Us to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming Week

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
August 11, 2022
Belonging Begins With Us. Welcoming Week - September 9-18

This Welcoming Week, taking place September 9-18, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City 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. 

Welcoming Week activities are open to the public and include open house events, resource fairs and seminars, an international pot luck and other activities that celebrate cultures from around the world. 

The Y believes our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome, and we can all work together for the common good. 

Welcoming Week shows 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.

For more than 160 years, the Y has provided immigrants with support and resources to integrate well and fully participate in American society. The Y has a long history of welcoming and engaging immigrants – from launching the nation’s first English as a Second Language class in 1856 to providing aid to thousands of new arrivals at Ellis and Angel Islands in the early 1900s.

We believed then as we do now, that offering our newest neighbors the support and care to thrive creates stronger, more connected communities for all. With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States today, the Y is committed to strengthening community by fostering an environment that encourages successful immigrant integration and social cohesion.

Welcoming Week Activities

Cleaver Family YMCA
7000 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64131

  • Coloring Flags — September 9 through September 18
    • At Kid Zone, kids will have coloring sheets to color in flags from all over the world.
  • Where We Come From — September 9 through September 18
    • Take a look at the poster at the entrance of the center and post your picture from your hometown or home country!

Kirk Family YMCA
222 W. 11th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

  • Snow and Roast — 8 a.m. to noon September 10
    • Stop by to try new flavors of coffee and espresso as well as shave ice from the Snow and Roast Mobile Cafe!

Olathe Family YMCA
21400 W. 153rd St., Olathe, KS 66061

  • MyoCore 10-minute Massage — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. September 12
    • MyoCore personalized pain care will be providing complimentary 10-minute muscle therapy treatments in the main lobby. Sign up for a timeslot at the Welcome Center prior to the event to ensure you receive a treatment.
  • PNC Bank Financial Wellness — 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. September 15
    • PNC bank will offer healthy snacks and financial wellness resources to all in the lobby! 

Platte County Community Center North
3101 Running Horse Road, Platte City, MO 64079

  • Taste of Your Country — 10 a.m. to noon, September 12 through September 16
    • Expand your palate with taste testings from different cultures' foods.

Platte County Community Center South
8875 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO 64152

  • Taste of Your Country — 10 a.m. to noon, September 12 through September 16
    • Expand your palate with taste testings from different cultures' foods.

Pick up a Welcoming Week activity card at any Y Center. Find a location near you. 

About Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week is an annual campaign and celebration to showcase the movement of communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including immigrants. Launched in 2012 by Welcoming America and its members, Welcoming Week provides individuals and communities the opportunity to proclaim welcoming values through events and local initiatives that foster mutual understanding between immigrants and non-immigrants, as well as deeper belonging for all.

About Welcoming America

Welcoming America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by ensuring everyone belongs. Through the Welcoming Network, we work to change systems and culture by providing communities the roadmap they need to create welcoming policies and share new approaches to inclusion to create an environment where everyone can truly thrive. Learn more at welcomingamerica.org.