Five adults, two shaking hands, at a Y Welcoming Week event

Supporting Newcomers

Supporting Newcomers

It is often said that the United States is a nation of newcomers. Typically characterized as individuals who were born in another country, millions of newcomers (also known as immigrants) have settled in the U.S. over the last several hundred years. Newco

It is often said that the United States is a nation of newcomers. Typically characterized as individuals who were born in another country, millions of newcomers (also known as immigrants) have settled in the U.S. over the last several hundred years. Newcomers come to the U.S. for a variety of reasons – as students, permanent residents, temporary workers or refugees. While collectively, all newcomers share the common bond of being born outside of the U.S., as individuals their goals, wants and needs are very diverse.

Welcoming Week at the Y

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  • Sneak Peek: Welcoming Week at the Y

    Welcoming Week, happening Sept. 9 through 18, celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace newcomer immigrants and their contributions to the social fabric of our country.

    Ys across the country are planning in person and/or virtual events to help immigrant and U.S.-born neighbors connect and celebrate what unites us as a community. Contact your local Y or use the map below to find out what Welcoming Week activities are happening near you.

Find a Y hosting Welcoming Week near you!

Enter your city, state, or zip code to locate a participating Welcoming Week location in your community. Contact your Y to learn more!  

Albany YMCA

1701 Gillionville Rd
Albany
GA
31707

Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA

78 Regency Parkway
Mansfield
TX
76063

Auburn-Lewiston YMCA

62 Turner St
Auburn
ME
04210

Austin Metropolitan YMCA

55 N. IH-35
Austin
TX
78702

Barren County Family YMCA

1 Ymca Way
Glasgow
KY
42141

Cannon Street YMCA

1566 Cane Bay Blvd.
Summerville
SC
29486

Capital Area YMCA

431 Pennington Ave
Trenton
NJ
08618

Capital Area YMCA

465 New Karner Road
Albany
NY
12205

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA

1240 Chapel Street
New Haven
CT
06511

Central Florida Metro YMCA

411 N. Mills Ave
Orlando
FL
32803

Cleveland County Family YMCA

211 Cleveland Ave
Kings Mountain
NC
28086

Cleveland County Family YMCA

411 Cherryville Rd
Shelby
NC
28150

Cole Center Family YMCA

700 Garden St
Kendallville
IN
46755

Columbus Metropolitan YMCA

4384 Warm Springs Rd
Columbus
GA
31909

Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County

2104 Garrett Rd
Lansdowne
PA
19050

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA

1159 E. Landis Avenue
Vineland
NJ
08360

Eugene Family YMCA

2055 Patterson St.
Eugene
OR
97405

Family YMCA of Emporia/Greensville

212 Weaver Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847
VA
23847

Florida's First Coast YMCA - Metropolitan

40 E. Adams Street
Suite 210
Jacksonville
FL
32202

Gallatin Valley YMCA

3673 Love Lane
Bozeman
MT
59718

Gaston County Family YMCA

196 YMCA Drive
Belmont
NC
28012

Gateway Region YMCA

2815 Scott Ave
Suite D
St. Louis
MO
63103

Golden Corridor Family YMCA

300 N Wise Rd
Schaumburg
IL
60193

Greater Lowell Family YMCA

35 YMCA Drive
Lowell
MA
01852

Greater Philadelphia YMCA

1399 Quakertown Road
Pennsburg
PA
18073

Greater Valley YMCA

2132 South 12th Street
Suite 201
Allentown
PA
18103

Greater Waterbury YMCA

136 West Main Street
Waterbury
CT
06702

Hockomock Area YMCA

45 Forge Hill Road
Franklin
MA
02038

Hornell Area Family YMCA

18 Center St
Hornell
NY
14843

Jackson Metropolitan YMCA

690 Liberty Road
Flowood
MS
39232

Keene Family YMCA

200 Summit Road
Keene
NH
03431

Kentucky YMCA Youth Association Inc.

91 C. Michael Davenport Blvd.
Frankfort
KY
40601

Kishwaukee Family YMCA Inc.

2500 W Bethany Rd
Sycamore
IL
60178

Lakeland Hills Family YMCA

100 Fanny Road, Mountain Lakes
Mountain Lakes
NJ
07046

Long Branch Area YMCA

5835 E. Carson St
Lakewood
CA
90713

Marion Family YMCA

645 Barks Road East
Marion
OH
43302

Martinsville & Henry County Family YMCA

3 Starling Ave
Martinsville
VA
24112

Merrimack Valley YMCA Inc.

360 Merrimack Street
Suite 270
Lawrence
MA
01843

Metropolitan Augusta YMCA

1058 Claussen Road
Augusta
GA
30907

Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges

100 N Arlington Avenue
East Orange
NJ
07017

Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges

1 Pike Drive
Wayne
NJ
07470

MetroWest YMCA Inc.

280 Old Connecticut Path
Framingham
MA
01701

Mystic Valley YMCA

99 Dartmouth St
Malden
MA
02148

Noble County Family YMCA

107 N 7th Street
Perry
OK
73077

Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA

601 Riverview Dr
South Sioux City
NE
68776

Ocean Community YMCA

95 High St
Westerly
RI
02891

Old Colony YMCA

61 E Grove St
Middleboro
MA
2346

Old Colony YMCA

320 Main Street
Brockton
MA
02301

Olympic Peninsula YMCA

610 N. Fifth Ave.
Sequim
WA
98382

Palestine YMCA

5500 N Loop Hwy 256
Palestine
TX
75801

Pawtucket & Central Falls Metro Bd. YMCA

8 Summer Street
Pawtucket
RI
02860

Pawtucket & Central Falls Metro Bd. YMCA

18 Federal Street
Woonsocket
RI
02895

Piedmont Family YMCA Inc.

151 Mcintire Drive
Charlottesville
VA
22903

Pikeville Area Family YMCA

424 Bob Amos Drive
Pikeville
KY
41501

Pocono Family YMCA

809 Main Street
Stroudsburg
PA
18360

Providence Metropolitan YMCA

21 Peace Street
6th floor
RI
02907

Rappahannock Area YMCA

212 Butler Road
Fredericksburg
VA
22408

Rappahannock Area YMCA

17422 Library Blvd
Ruther Glen
VA
22564

Raritan Bay Area YMCA

357 New Brunswick Avenue
Perth Amboy
NJ
08861

Raritan Valley YMCA

144 Tices Lane
East Brunswick
NJ
08816

Reading & Berks Metro YMCA

631 Washington Street
Reading
PA
19601

Rome-Floyd County YMCA

810 E 2nd Avenue
ROME
GA
30161

Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA

4100 Main St, Suite 200
Harrisburg
NC
28075

Salt Fork YMCA

740 E Yerby Street
Marshall
MO
65340

San Angelo YMCA

353 S Randolph St
San Angelo
TX
76903

San Luis Obispo County YMCA

1020 Southwood Dr.
San Luis Obispo
CA
93401

Saratoga Regional YMCA

20 Old Gick Road
Saratoga Springs
NY
12866

Saratoga Regional YMCA

290 West Avenue
Saratoga Springs
NY
12866

Sonoma County Family YMCA

1111 College Avenue
Santa Rosa
CA
95405

South Sound YMCA

2102 Carriage Dr. SW, #K
Olympia
WA
98502

Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs Inc.

29 High Street
Southington
CT
06489

St. Cloud Area Family YMCA

2001 Stockinger Drive
St. Cloud
MN
56303

Stevens Point Area YMCA

1000 Division St
Stevens Point
WI
54482

Summit Area YMCA

67 Maple Street
Summit
NJ
07901

Superior-Douglas County Family YMCA

9 N 21st St
Superior
WI
54808

Telford Community Center YMCA

1100 East Main Street
Richmond
KY
40475

The David & Thu Brule YMCA of Marquette County

1420 Pine St.
Marquette
MI
49855

The Granite YMCA

117 Market Street
Manchester
NH
03101

The YMCA of Klamath Falls

1221 S Alameda Ave
Klamath Falls
OR
97603

Tuscarawas County YMCA

600 Monroe Street
Dover
OH
44622

Two Rivers YMCA

2040 53rd Street
Moline
IL
61265

Union County Family YMCA

1150 Charles lane
Marysville
OH
43040

Wenatchee Valley YMCA

217 Orondo Ave
Wenatchee
WA
98801

Worthington Area YMCA

1501 College Way
Worthington
MN
56187

YMCA at Virginia Tech

403 Washington St. SW
Blacksburg
VA
24060

YMCA Buffalo Niagara

301 Cayuga Road
Suite 100
Buffalo
NY
14075

YMCA of Akron Ohio Inc.

50 S. Main Street
Suite LL100
Akron Area YMCA
OH
44308

YMCA of Anchorage Alaska

5353 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage
AK
99507

YMCA of Attleboro

63 North Main Street
Attleboro
MA
02703

YMCA of Boise Inc.

1050 W. State St.
Boise
ID
83702

YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin

180 Summit St
Tiffin
OH
44867

YMCA of Central Kentucky

381 W. Loudon Avenue
Lexington
KY
40508

YMCA of Central Maryland

303 W. Chesapeake Ave
Towson
MD
21204

YMCA of Central Massachusetts

766 Main St
Worcester
MA
01610

YMCA of Central New York

340 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY
NY
13202

YMCA of Central Ohio

1640 Sandalwood Place
Columbus
OH
43229

YMCA of Central Ohio

1907 Leonard Ave.
Ste 150
Columbus
OH
43219

YMCA of Coastal Georgia Inc.

6400 Habersham St
Ste A
Savannah
GA
31405

YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Association Services

9500 SW Barbur Blvd
Suite 200
Portland
OR
97219

YMCA of Delaware

501 west 11th St.
Wilmington
DE
19801

YMCA of Delaware

100 W 10th Street
Wilmington
DE
19801

YMCA of Eastern Union County

1000 Galloping Hill Rd
Union
NJ
07083

YMCA of Fanwood - Scotch Plains

1340 Martine Avenue
Scotch Plains
NJ
07076

YMCA of Greater Birmingham

2610 Pelham Parkway
Pelham
AL
35124

YMCA of Greater Boston

215 Bremen Street
East Boston
MA
02128

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

1105 Elm Street
Cincinnati
OH
45202

YMCA of Greater Cleveland

1301 E. 9th Street
Cleveland
OH
44114

YMCA of Greater Cleveland

11409 State Rd
North Royalton
OH
44133

YMCA of Greater Cleveland

16915 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood
OH
44107

YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne

347 West Berry Street, Suite 500
Fort Wayne
IN
46802

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

1001 W. Maple
Kalamazoo
MI
49008

YMCA of Greater Kansas City

3800 E 51st St.
Kansas City
MO
64130

YMCA of Greater Kansas City

3100 Broadway Blvd
Suite #1020
Kansas City
MO
64111

YMCA of Greater Louisville

930 West Chestnut Street
Louisville
KY
40203

YMCA of Greater Nashua

6 Henry Clay Drive
Merrimack
NH
03054

YMCA of Greater Nashua

10 Cotton Road
Suite 1
Nashua
NH
03063

YMCA of Greater Omaha

430 S. 20th Street
Omaha
NE
68102

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

680 Andersen Drive, Suite 400
Pittsburgh
PA
15220

YMCA of Greater Richmond

2 West Franklin Street
Richmond
VA
23220

YMCA of Greater San Antonio

16103 Henderson Pass
San Antonio
TX
78232

YMCA of Greater Seattle

909 Fourth Ave
Seattle
WA
98104

YMCA of Greater Springfield Inc.

45 Post Office Park
Wilbraham
MA
01095

YMCA of Greater Tulsa

5400 S. Olympia Ave.
Tulsa
OK
74107

YMCA of Greensboro

620 Green Valley Road
Suite 210
Greensboro
NC
27408

YMCA of Honolulu

1441 Pali Highway
Honolulu
HI
96813

YMCA of Kanawha Inc.

100 YMCA Drive
Charleston
WV
25311

YMCA of Lincoln Nebraska

570 Fallbrook Blvd, Ste 210
Lincoln
NE
68521

YMCA of Marshalltown Iowa

108 Washington St
Marshalltown
IA
50158

YMCA of Metro North

20 Neptune Blvd
Lynn
MA
01902

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

1030 W Van Buren St
Chicago
IL
60130

YMCA of Metropolitan Denver

2625 S Colorado Blvd
Denver
CO
80237

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

1401 Broadway
Detroit
MI
48226

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

512 Lamar Street, Suite 400
Fort Worth
TX
76102

YMCA of Metropolitan Huntsville AL

120 Holmes Ave
Huntsville
AL
35801

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

401 South Hope Street
Los Angeles
CA
90071

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Inc.

9250 N. Green Bay Road
Brown Deer
WI
53209

YMCA of Metuchen

1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison
NJ
08820

YMCA of Metuchen

520 Hoes Lane
Piscataway
NJ
08854

YMCA of Metuchen

65 High Street
Metuchen
NJ
08840

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

1000 Church Street
Nashville
TN
37203

YMCA of Montclair

25 Park Street
Montclair
NJ
07042

YMCA of Natrona County

1611 Casper Mountain Road
Casper
WY
82601

YMCA of Northwest Illinois

2998 W. Pearl City Road
Sports Center (Building S)
Freeport
IL
61032

YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

301 N Main St
Suite 1900
Winston Salem
NC
27101

YMCA of Parkersburg West Virginia

1800 30th street
Parkersburg
WV
26104

YMCA of Portage Township Inc.

3100 Willowcreek Rd.
Portage
IN
46342

YMCA of Salina Kansas

570 YMCA Drive
Salina
KS
67401

YMCA of San Diego County

3708 Ruffin Rd
San Diego
CA
92123

YMCA of San Francisco

855 Sacramento Street
San Francisco
CA
94108

YMCA of Snohomish County

3120 McDougall Ave
Everett
WA
98201

YMCA of South Hampton Roads

920 Corporate Lane
Chesapeake
VA
23320

YMCA of South Palm Beach County

6631 Palmetto Circle S.
Boca Raton
FL
33433

YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

2710 Market St
Wilmington
NC
28403

YMCA of Southern Arizona

60 W Alameda
Tucson
AZ
85701

YMCA of Southern Nevada

4141 Meadows Lane
Las Vegas
NV
89107

YMCA of Southwest Florida

701 Center Rd
Venice
FL
34285

YMCA of the Coastal Bend

417 s. upper broadway
Corpus Christi
TX
78412

YMCA of the Fox Cities Inc

110 W. North Water St
Neenah
WI
54956

YMCA of the Inland Northwest

1126 N Monroe
Spokane
WA
99201

YMCA of the North

651 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55402

YMCA of the Northwoods

2003 E. Winnebago Street
Rhinelander
WI
54501

YMCA of the Rockies

1101 county road 53
granby
CO
80446

YMCA of the Roses

90 N Newberry St
York
PA
17403

YMCA of the Shoals

2121 Helton Drive
Florence
AL
35630

YMCA of the Suncoast

2469 Enterprise Road
Clearwater
FL
33763

YMCA of the Treasure Coast

1700 SE Monterey Road
Stuart
FL
34996

YMCA of the University of Illinois

1001 S Wright St
Champaign
IL
61820

YMCA of Western North Carolina Inc.

40 N. Merrimon Ave.
Asheville
NC
28804

NEWCOMER SNAPSHOT

  • 13%

    More that 13 percent of the U.S population (or 40 million people) is foreign born. The combined population share of foreign born individuals and their U.S.-born children is approximately 26 percent.

  • 1 in 4

    In the U.S., one in four kids under the age of six is a child of immigrants.

  • 19.5 million

    According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 19.5 million refugees in the world. Fifty-one percent of all refugees are children under the age of 18. Annually, the U.S. typically accepts less than three percent who apply for refugee status. 

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Show Your Community Why You Welcome

During the month of September, take a moment to let all neighbors know that they are welcome and appreciated in your community by filling out one of the "I am a Welcomer" templates below. Take a photo with yours and share it on social media using the hashtags #WelcomingWeek and #YforAll.

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Learn More About Y Immigrant Integration Services

The Y has a long history of serving immigrants and helping receiving communities to be prepared and welcoming for all. Through integration services such as job training, wellness programs or adult education classes like English as a Second Language (ESL), the Y empowers people to be self-reliant, connected and contributing members of their new communities. Click here to watch how the YMCA of Greater Houston helps immigrants — including vulnerable refugee populations — successfully transition into their new communities.

Why We Celebrate Newcomers

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  • Belonging Begins With Us

    Welcoming Week is an initiative of Welcoming America and a proud expression of the Belonging Begins with Us campaign sponsored by Ad Council. 

  • Selina's Newcomer Story

    Selina immigrated to the U.S. from China to provide her daughter Fiona with more opportunities. When she struggled with isolation, she turned to the Chinatown YMCA, where she found language and job assistance, enrichment activities, friendships and more. Now she and Fiona are thriving in their new community.

    Welcoming Week provides a chance to welcome newcomers like Selina and for U.S.-born neighbors to connect and celebrate what unites us as a community.

  • Welcoming All at the Y

    See how the YMCA of Greater Seattle unites newcomers and longtime residents through their Welcoming Week events.

Find Your Y

Search for the Y closest to you and visit their website to learn how to get involved today.

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