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Greater Valley YMCA
THE GREATER VALLEY YMCA CELEBRATES NEW AMERICAN CITIZENS DURING NATIONAL INCLUSIVITY EFFORT: WELCOMING WEEK
[Lehigh Valley, September 14, 2018]—This Welcoming Week, taking place September 14-23, the GREATER VALLEY YMCA 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 free and open to the public and include multicultural dance and food festivals, art shows, group fitness classes and more.
“At the GREATER VALLEY YMCA, we believe the Lehigh Valley is stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Maribel Tandazo, Director of Pathway Development. “We are proud to be a part of Welcoming Week, which is demonstrating 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.”
During Welcoming Week, the GREATER VALLEY YMCA will host events throughout the Lehigh Valley at the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton/Phillipsburg, Nazareth, Slate Belt and Suburban North branches.
“These events are part of a powerful and growing movement in our country and around the world, demonstrating that communities want to be welcoming,” said Rachel Peric, Executive Director of Welcoming America. “Welcoming Week is a reminder of the resilient and inclusive spirit of American communities. Thousands of local leaders nationwide are bringing their communities together to bridge divides and build stronger local economies where everyone belongs.” Call your local branch for event details or visit us online at gv-ymca.org.
About the Greater Valley YMCA
The Greater Valley YMCA is a six facility YMCA association serving the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, including the counties of Northampton and Lehigh, plus Warren in New Jersey. The Y’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. gv-ymca.org.
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net
About Welcoming Week
Welcoming Week, founded by Welcoming America, is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 14-23 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.
lcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future. www.welcomingamerica.org.
Join the Y
Households across out community have different needs so we offer a variety of membership types. Each of our location offers many different programs, schedules, and classes therefore offering and fees may vary by branch.
Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. At The Y, no child, family or adult is turned away due to an inability to pay.
Financial assistance awards are assessed on a case by case basis during a one-on-one, confidential session with a staff member. Those interested in applying for our financial assistance program are encouraged to download this form, or stop in to any of our branches to learn more and pick up an application.