YMCA branches statewide mark Welcoming Week with Sept. 18 special events

September 16, 2021

The YMCA of Delaware joins Welcoming America, other YMCAs, and organizations nationwide during Welcoming Week, Sept. 10-19, 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.

“This year, we’re reminding our community that belonging begins with us,” said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, YMCA of Delaware CEO. “Whether it’s starting a new job, moving to a new neighborhood, or starting a new school, we’ve all had moments when we felt like we didn’t belong. It’s a universal feeling that we all can relate to, but for people who move to this country and experience language barriers, cultural differences and more, feeling excluded can take years to overcome. We all have the power to help others feel they belong; each of us can help others, regardless of their background, feel like they are seen, embraced, welcomed and included in our community.”

YMCA of Delaware branches throughout the state will host welcoming week celebrations from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, including the Sussex Family YMCA at 20080 Church St., Rehoboth Beach. This statewide, free family event is open to the community and will include games, moon bounces, food and more. For a list of details by location, visit

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