YMCA of Central Ohio

Welcoming Week 2017

YMCA of Central Ohio Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming Week

[Columbus, OH, Sept 12, 2017]—This Welcoming Week, taking place Sept. 15–24, 2017, YMCA of Central Ohio 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 at the Liberty Township/Powell YMCA, Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA, North YMCA, Jerry L. Garver YMCA, Hilltop YMCA, and Eldon and Elsie Ward YMCA.


“At the YMCA of Central Ohio, we believe Columbus is stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Stephen Ives, President and CEO. “Welcoming Week is an opportunity for neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values – all for a better us.”

“Communities recognize the benefits of being welcoming and ensuring that everyone can fully contribute to a community’s prosperity,” said David Lubell, founder and executive director of Welcoming America. “Welcoming Week events are a powerful way to promote cross-cultural understanding and build bridges between new and long-time residents, which results in stronger communities for all.”