Welcoming Week

Celebrated each year in September, Welcoming Week elevates the growing movement of communities that fully 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

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has planned the following events to Celebrate Welcoming Week, Sept. 12-20, 2020.

Community Cookbook: Celebrate Diverse Communities through Food

Submit your recipe during Welcoming Week to have it featured in our Metro Y Association-wide cookbook, which will be distributed later this fall. Fill out the form below with your recipe to Dustin Hausner, Jewish Outreach and Program Director at the Wayne YMCA, by 9/18. If interested in doing a food demonstration on social media, you can also email Dustin Hausner

Cook Book Recipe Form

Pen Pal Program 

The purpose of this program, like Welcoming Week, is to bring people together and have the opportunity to learn from one another. Register yourself or someone in your family during Welcoming Week by filling out our online form. Once we receive all requests, you or your family member will be matched with a person close in age from our Metro Y Association, and each person will be given email contact information. For questions about the program, email Dustin Hausner.

Digital Peace Tapestry

Throughout Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.

How do you promote peace and or resolve conflict without anger or violence? As we prepare to celebrate International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, we are asking families and individuals to illustrate how they promote peace in their daily lives and communities, by creating their own digital artwork. For inspiration and guidance, members can refer to this quote as they create their submission:

“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.”

- Dalai Lama XIV

Artwork submissions can be sent through the form for consideration in our Digital Peace Tapestry. We ask that all artwork be submitted by 9/20 so that we can ‘stitch’ the tapestry together and share with our communities in honor of International Day of Peace on 9/21. 

Digital Peace Tapestry Form

Voter Registration Webinar

Join the Metro Ys on our YouTube Channel for an informational video about voting this year. The information will be provided in an interview with Shona Mack-Pollock, the Superintendent of Elections & Commissioner of Registration of Passaic County, NJ. The video will air on Sept. 16 and the information will be relevant for voters in all communities.

Flu Clinics

The Y is providing safe and accessible places for all community members to be healthy. We will be hosting flu clinics at the following Y locations, with local pharmacists providing free flu shots:

  • Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne
    • 9/16, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.