Welcoming Week 2018

Welcoming Week 2018

We believe our community is stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. Celebrated annually at the YMCA, Welcoming Week is a chance for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S. born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community.

From September 13-23, all branches of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine will celebrate Welcoming Week 2018. Ongoing activities are planned such as:

  • Music from a variety of countries will be played during some group exercise classes.
     
  • In many of our Childcare and Early Learning Centers, as well as our Before and After School programs, students will enjoy special crafts, activities and foods from around the world. Volunteers will also read to the children.
     
  • Special displays showing where YMCA members are from will be available.

In addition, be sure to enjoy the following special events.

All Week

  • Lionville Community YMCA
    An art project featuring a different country will be held in our branch lobby from 6-8 pm. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.

    In addition, we are hosting a food drive. Collection bins will be available in the front and back lobby areas. We invite all to contribute by dropping off non-perishable items.
     
  • Jennersville YMCA
    The branch's Spanish swim lessons and cycling classes will be highlighted, diverse trivia and thoughts of the day will be available and one of the YMCA's core values will be highlighted daily in different languages.

Thursday, September 13

  • Open House & Tour Night for the Community | 4 pm – 7 pm | Upper Main Line YMCA (UMLY)
    Meet staff, members and friends at UMLY’s Open House. This is the best way to learn more about our programs, as well as pick up schedules, take a tour, get questions answered and see all that UMLY has to offer. There is something for everyone! All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.
     
  • Documentary Discussion | 4 pm | Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center
    A documentary viewing and discussion for teens. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.

Friday, September 14

  • ALL Abilities International Dance Party | 7 pm – 8 pm | Upper Main Line YMCA
    Join us for a night of celebration with dancing to music from around the world. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.

Saturday, September 15

  • World Cup Tournament | 1 – 6 pm | Kennett Area YMCA
    Gather a diverse group of friends and join us for a day of fun and soccer! Registration is required. Register by contacting Daniela Silva at dsilva@ymcagbw.org. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.
     
  • World Celebration Day | 10 am – 12 pm | Upper Main Line YMCA
    Join us for a celebration of cultures where a variety of countries will be represented. Try your luck at our coin guessing challenge, get crafty at our arts and crafts tables, play games from around the world or try henna. Enjoy African and Indian style dance performances, a World Cup goal shoot out, a Zumba demo and more! All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.

Tuesday, September 18

  • Community Event | 5 pm – 7 pm | Brandywine YMCA
    Organizations from the community will be available to provide information and highlight resources available to residents. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.

  • Breaking Bread | 6 pm – 8 pm | Kennett Area YMCA
    A night of sharing food and conversation with new friends from different walks of life. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited. 

Thursday, September 20

  • Around The World Experience at the Y | 5 pm - 7pm | Brandywine YMCA
    Members will showcase the uniqueness of their home countries. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.
     
  • SEPTA Senior Card Sign up | 9 am – 12 pm | Lionville Community YMCA
    Seniors ages 65 and older can ride for free on SEPTA transit routes and pay $1 for regional rail travel to destinations in Pennsylvania, but you must register for your card! Stop in to sign up for your card. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.

Friday, September 21

  • International Night | 5 pm – 8 pm | West Chester Area YMCA
    Food, dance, art, and more will make for a night of celebration. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.
     
  • International Day of Peace | 6 pm - 7:30 pm | Upper Main Line YMCA
    We will gather to celebrate diversity through music, prayer, poetry and a moment of silence. This will be followed by a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share to celebrate your culture! All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.
     
  • Multicultural Night | 6pm-8pm | Kennett Area YMCA
    Join us for a night of celebration. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.
     
  • Pot Luck and International Dance Night | 6 pm – 8 pm | Lionville Community YMCA
    Please bring a dish to share and include a recipe card. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.
     
  • Community Event | 6 pm – 8 pm | Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center
    Join us for a night of celebration with music, live entertainment, crafts, sports, fencing and dancing demos, a family dance party and more. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.

Saturday, September 22

  • Hawk Migration Watch & Raptor Presentation | 11 am – 12 pm | Upper Main Line YMCA
    Join our birding naturalists to observe the fall migration flight of falcons, hawks, and eagles as these birds of prey head south, connecting Berwyn with Central and South America. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.

Thursday, September 27

  • Panel Discussion on the Use of Sacred Texts | 7 pm – 9 pm | Lionville Community YMCA
    In partnership with the Chester County Interfaith Action Community, we will present a panel of religious leaders from Catholicism, Judaism, Islamic and Hindu faiths. They will discuss how sacred religious texts are used in their teachings. Key Speakers include Rabbi John Cutler of Beth Israel Congregation of Chester County, Rev. Msgr. Thomas M. Mullin of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Imam Ejaz Sabir of Islamic Society of Chester County and Achal Verma of Hari Om Mandir. Registration is required, as space is limited. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share for potluck refreshments. Include a list of the ingredients on a card to be displayed. All YMCA GBW members and the public are invited.