Kishwaukee Family YMCA

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Welcoming Week

We believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. Created by YMCA of the USA’s national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace newcomer immigrants and their contributions to the social fabric of our country.
While Welcoming Week will look different this year in light of COVID-19, we are planning physically-distanced events to help immigrant and U.S.-born neighbors connect and celebrate what unites us as a community.

During Welcoming Week, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA will host: Events are open to YMCA Members and the community.


September 14-September 22

Try the Y Week: We are inviting the community to Try the Y Free of charge. Photo Id and a mask are required for entry.


September 14, 2020

Welcome Walk & Outdoor ZUMBA Party: 

Welcome Walk
4:30pm-5:30pm
Join us for a 1-mile family-friendly community walk to celebrate our immigrant and refugee community members. Walk anytime between 4:30pm-5:30pm. This walk is free and open to the community. Registration is required. This will be a safe, socially distant walk. Masks are required for check-in. Sign up now >

Outdoor Community Zumba
5:30pm-6:15pm

Stay for our outdoor Community Zumba party! Zumba runs 5:30pm-6:15pm. Zumba is free and open to the community. Registration is required. This will be a safe, socially distant event. Masks are required for check-in. Sign up now >

Celebrating Culture Coloring Contest
Children and Adults can pick up the coloring sheet at the front desk or download and print Entries can be returned to the front desk by Friday, September 18. The winners of each age group will be selected and announced on September 21.


September 17, 2020

Citizenship Day Celebration: 9/17

Map your origin! We will display an interactive map where members and visitors can place a small dot on their country of origin to showcase our diverse population. Maps will be displayed from September 17-22 in the YMCA Front Desk.


September 19, 2020

Outdoor Goat Yoga
12:00pm-1:00pm

We are excited to partner with Live Learn and Lead to present Goat Yoga for a Cause! Proceeds from the event support Live Learn & Lead: A vocational farm program for individuals with intellectual disabilities and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA scholarship fund for programs and membership. This will be a safe, socially distant event. Masks are required at check-in. Registration is required Fee: $30  Sign up Now >


September 22, 2020

National Voter Registration Day:
Exercise your rights! Register to vote on Tuesday, September 22nd for National Voter Registration Day. We will be hosting a virtual registration event on Facebook to encourage citizens to register to vote.