DENTON — This Welcoming Week (Sept. 12-20), the Caroline County 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 second year the Y has celebrated Welcoming Week with its community. To ensure the safety and participation of all, the YMCA’s 2020 Welcoming Week event will be both virtually and physically distanced.
“It is critically important to celebrate Welcoming Week in 2020, as our country faces the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread civil unrest caused by systemic racism,” said Brian Byrnes, executive director.
“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.”
During Welcoming Week, the Caroline County Family YMCA will host a series of events including:
Monday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m., Welcoming Week kick-off at the Caroline County Court House in Denton.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Welcoming Week Read & Drink at Nich’s Coffee Shop in Denton. Participants of this event will have the opportunity to receive information related to how the YMCA has provided help and support to the immigrant community during the last 176 years and also how the Caroline County Family YMCA is contributing to the community to make it more inclusive, strong, and united. In addition, participants will receive a $.25 discount on the purchase of any coffee that day.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Creating Home Together fundraiser at Tenchi Restaurant in Greensboro. Tenchi Restaurant will donate 10% of all sales to the Caroline County Family YMCA that day.
Saturday, Sept. 19, dusk, Summer Concert/Outdoor Movie Night at 3rd and Market Street in Denton.
“Welcoming Week is a time to not only celebrate the values of equality and belonging, but to bring our communities together to live them in practice,” said Angel Perez, program coordinator. “In places large and small, rural and urban, thousands of local leaders remind us of what is possible when we make it our priority to create a sense of home for every member of our community, so that all of us can be healthy, participate, and thrive.”