September 8-17, Welcoming Week brings New River Valley neighbors of all backgrounds together to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places. The YMCA at Virginia Tech is proud to host our 3rd annual Welcoming Week with support from the Town of Blacksburg, Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, Blacksburg Farmers Market, The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation, local businesses, community groups and individuals.
Welcoming Week is an annual campaign that celebrates the work in communities to become welcoming places for all, including immigrants. Launched in 2012 by Welcoming America and its members, Welcoming Week provides individuals and organizations the opportunity to showcase their values through events and initiatives that foster connections and collaboration between immigrants and non-immigrants, as well as belonging for all.
The YMCA at Virginia Tech launched its Welcoming Initiative in 2021 in collaboration with Welcoming America as part of the Rural Welcoming Initiative. This will be the Y’s third year to host Welcoming Week in our local community alongside our partners including the Town of Blacksburg.
Join us in welcoming and strengthening belonging for newcomers and immigrants in our community!