SYCAMORE – For the first time, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA will hold a week of physically distanced events to celebrate local immigrants in the community.
Dubbed Welcoming Week, the events will run from Sept. 14 through Sept. 22, according to a news release. The Kishwaukee Family YMCA will join Welcoming America and other YMCAs and organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity.
Each year, Welcoming Week brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. This is the first year the Y will celebrate Welcoming Week with its community.
To ensure the safety and participation of all, the events will be physically distanced, according to the release.
“It is critically important to celebrate Welcoming Week in 2020, as our country faces the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread civil unrest,” Martin Miller, member experience director, said in a news release. “At the Y, we seek to build bridges and heal communities, and we invite neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to use Welcoming Week as an opportunity to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values and contributions.”
Events are open to both YMCA members and the community.
Sept. 14-22: Try the Y Week
Have you considered a YMCA Membership, or do you know someone who might enjoy being a member? During Welcoming Week, the community is invited to Try the Y free of charge. Photo ID and a mask are required for entry.
Celebrating Culture Coloring Contest
Children and Adults can pick up the coloring sheet at the YMCA front desk or visit www.kishymca.org/welcoming-week to download and print a copy of the coloring sheet. Entries can be returned to the front desk by Sept. 18. The winners of each age group will be selected and announced on Sept. 21.
Citizenship Day Celebration, Sept. 17
Map your origin! An interactive map will be displayed where members and visitors can place a small dot on their country of origin to showcase our diverse population. Maps will be displayed from Sept. 17-22 at the YMCA front desk.
Outdoor Goat Yoga, Sept. 19
The Y will partner with Live Learn & Lead to present Goat Yoga for a Cause from noon to 1 p.m. Proceeds from the event support Live Learn & Lead, a vocational farm program for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA scholarship fund for programs and membership. Registration is required; the fee is $30. To register, visit www.kishymca.org/welcoming-week.
National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 22
The Y is at 2500 Bethany Road in Sycamore. For information, contact Casey Martinez, community engagement coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-375-5392.