This Welcoming Week (September 9-18), the Heart of the Valley YMCA will join Welcoming America, and other YMCA organizations nationwide to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Each year, Welcoming Week elevates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of the country. The event is an opportunity for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites people as a community.
“At the Heart of the Valley YMCA, we believe the Greater Huntsville community is stronger when everyone feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Jerry Courtney, President of the Heart of the Valley YMCA. “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.”
We are so excited for the opportunity to bring our neighbors together during Welcoming Week and to celebrate the benefits of welcoming all! Belonging begins with us.