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WorldFest begins our Welcoming Week with a celebration of culture on Fountain Square.

(CINCINNATI, OHIO. Sept. 5, 2019) The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is rolling out the welcome mat to all in the community to attend WorldFest and Welcoming Week activities in September. In partnership with Fifth Third Bank, WorldFest will be held on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square on Friday, September 13, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. This free community event celebrates immigrants’ contributions to our community and will bring together all in the spirit of unity. WorldFest offers multi-cultural performances, giveaways, food trucks, health screenings and much more. Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor will present a special proclamation during ceremonies at noon and there will be a giant world map to sign, noting where you were born.

Then, as part of the national observance of Welcoming Week, from Monday, September 16 through Sunday, September 22, all are invited for a free one-day visit to any of the 13 YMCA of Greater Cincinnati branch locations in Ohio and Kentucky. You and your family can enjoy group exercise classes, special activities, working out, taking a swim or playing a game of basketball.

“At the Y, we believe our community is stronger when everyone is welcomed and invited to contribute toward the common good,” said YMCA of Greater Cincinnati President and CEO Jorge Perez.  “Welcoming Week is an opportunity for neighbors—immigrants and U.S.-born—to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values.”

“These events are part of a powerful and growing movement in our country and around the world, demonstrating that communities want to be inclusive and welcoming,” said Executive Director of Welcoming America Rachel Peric. “This is a time for communities to come together to bridge divides and build stronger local economies where everyone belongs.”

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati