Welcoming Week

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Welcoming Week, September 14-23, 2018, celebrates the growing movement of communities that embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. It’s 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!

We invite you and your neighbors to join us at the events listed below taking place across our association. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please call or visit your neighborhood YMCA below.

Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center:

  • Cooking Demonstration with Pam Thomas of Pammie’s Sammies® with guest chef, Group Exercise Director and Zumba instructor, Michele Marone. Hosted by YMCA of Central Florida Director of Healthy Eating, Chef Gary Appelsies (Thursday, September 20, 5:30-6:15 PM)
  • Cooking Demonstration with YMCA of Central Florida Director of Healthy Eating, Chef Gary Appelsies (Thursday, September 20, 5:30 – 6:15 PM)
  • World Map Activity (all week)

Downtown Orlando YMCA Family Center:

  • World Map Activity (Monday, September 17 – Saturday, September 22)
  • Welcoming Name Tags (Tuesday, September 18)
  • Cooking Demonstration with YMCA of Central Florida Director of Healthy Eating, Chef Gary Appelsies (Monday, September 17), 10:30 – 11:15 AM)
  • Welcoming Week Information Table (Wednesday, September 19, 5:00 – 7:00 PM)

Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center:

  • Welcoming Week Information Fair (Tuesday, September 18)
  • World Map Activity (all week)
  • Welcoming Name Tags (all week)

South Orlando YMCA Family Center:

  • World Map Activity (all week)
  • I am a Welcomer Information Table (Monday, September 17, Tuesday September 18 & Thursday, September 20)
  • Links 2 Learning – Exploring my heritage activities (Monday, September 17 & Tuesday, September 18 & Thursday, September 20, 2:00 – 6:00 PM)
  • Child Development Map Coloring Activity (Tuesday, September 18, 5:00 -8:00 PM)
  • Heritage Day Show & Tell (Wednesday, September 19)
  • Group Exercise Flag Day – Wear your Flag (Wednesday, September 19)
  • Culture Night Museum (Friday, September 21, 5:00 – 6:00 PM & 7:00-7:30 PM)
  • Tahitian Dance Show (Friday, September 21, 6:00 – 7:00 PM)

If you are not currently a YMCA member, but interested in experiencing the YMCA difference, we invite you to try your Y with a free one-day guest pass.