Belonging Begins with Us Welcoming Week September 8–17
We know communities are stronger and more cohesive when people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to get to know one another and work side by side to advance the common good. Welcoming Week was created by Welcoming America and is a national celebration that brings together newcomer immigrants and U.S.-born residents at community-based events to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone!
Resources for New Community Members
The RISE Employment & Training Program is a City of Orlando initiative hosted in partnership with CareerSource Central Florida to ensure Orlando’s residents impacted by COVID-19 have equitable access to opportunities for assessment, education, training, coaching and support services to measurably increase their employability.
The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is a statewide coalition of more than 65 member organizations and over 100 allies, founded in 1998 and formally incorporated in 2004. We are led by our membership, including grassroots and community organizations, farmworkers, youth, advocates, lawyers, union members, and more.
Orlando Center for Justice, Inc. (OCJ)’s mission is to bridge the access to justice gap in Central Florida by using technology, education and innovative programs to reach a wide range of underserved communities.
Celebrate Heritage Through Healthy Eating
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Getting a Peace of Mind
“I felt like they needed to learn quickly because my younger son loves water, but I didn’t feel safe with him in it yet.”
Taking Care of Our Neighbors
“It sounds cliché to say ‘the Y saved my life’ but it really saved us. We didn’t have a community. Now basically everything we need, I can ask my Y community for advice.”
Take it to a New Level
“Exercise has always been in my life. I thought that I was great at working out, but having a personal trainer has changed my life.”
Grow a relationship with God
“I thought it would be a good idea to go to the conference. I just didn’t expect to have such a deep connection with all of these different people I hadn’t met before.”
Making Dreams a Reality
“Without the YMCA I don’t know how my kids would’ve received the experience they’re getting now in sports or even to be part of a family, because the YMCA is family to us.”
Make an Even Bigger Impact
Each of our volunteers helps deliver the benefits of good health, strong connections, greater self-confidence, and a sense of security to all who seek it. Visit your local Y to learn more about how to volunteer.
When you donate to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.
Invite your friends to discover all the ways the Y can help them grow stronger and healthier together alongside you!