This Welcoming Week, taking place September 13-22, the Cannon Memorial 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 open to the public and include multicultural potluck lunches, new group exercise classes, and many activities to help our community come together in its diverse nature.

“At the Y, we believe Cabarrus County is stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good,” said Ron Davis, YMCA CEO. “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 Y will host a series of events at all three locations in Harrisburg, Kannapolis and Concord. Please like us on Facebook or visit www.cannonymca.org/WelcomingWeek to learn more.

More events are being added as more community partners join the YMCA, so check back frequently to see the most up-to-date information.

“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.”

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