Welcome Week

Welcome Week

September 8th - 17th

Belonging Begins With Us. Welcoming everyone into the Y no matter where you are from. It is a chance for neighbors both immigrants and US born residents to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community.

During Welcoming Week, local governments, businesses, non-profits,
social services, agencies, and community organizations host events to:

• Celebrate the diversity of our communities
• Bring together newcomers and long-standing residents to build mutual understanding
• Stand in solidarity with marginalized communities
• Help communities move beyond divisiveness and fragmentation

The Gaston County Family YMCA would like to invite you to come visit our facilities and enjoy the benefits of a YMCA membership, meet your community, and take part in special activities and events. Plus, check out our Group Exercise Schedule to find special Welcome Week classes!


Welcoming Week 2022: Belonging Begins With Us

We’ve all experienced moments where we felt like we didn’t belong. Together, we can change that. Belonging Begins with Us, the theme for 2022 Welcoming Week, aligns with the national Belonging Begins With Us campaign, which is supported by a broad coalition of public and private partners working to help create a more welcoming nation where everyone can feel like they belong. As we emerge from a tumultuous time in our nation’s history, the theme reminds us that more unites us than divides us. Welcoming Week 2022 is an opportunity for your Y to foster connections and build bridges among neighbors so that our communities can move forward in a spirit of unity and healing. We can all play a role in making sure everyone feels welcome. National Partner: Welcoming America

Welcoming America is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that helps communities across the country achieve prosperity by becoming more welcoming toward immigrants and all residents. Its mission is to inspire people to build inclusive communities that embrace new immigrants and foster opportunity for all. Y-USA has a national partnership with Welcoming America to support local Y capacity building and community scaling of efforts to strengthen cohesion between new immigrants and their receiving communities. Visit www.welcomingamerica.org for the latest welcoming news, resources, and more.

The Need for Welcoming Week

With more than 44 million foreign-born individuals currently living in the U.S.—more than at any other point in history—it is imperative for the well-being of our communities that all neighbors have opportunities to engage, build mutual understanding and work together to create a better society for all.



New members can join during Welcome Week and enjoy $0 joining fee! That's a $50 savings! 

Join the YMCA Online Now

No contracts
Access to YMCAs across the nation

Must meet eligibility criteria to get the promotion:

• Can not have been YMCA member(s) since July 1st, 2023 or within 60 days prior to September 9, 2023.
• Applies only to monthly memberships (not quarterly, semi-annual, or annual)

Valid for New Members Only. Cannot be combined with any other promotion, discount, or financial assistance.