Viva la Vida Sana – Living the Healthy Life Celebration on September 16

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August 22, 2017
Lompoc Family YMCA Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming Week – September 16 - 22

Viva la Vida Sana–Living the Healthy Life Celebration Kicks Off the Week!

Lompoc, CA – August 21, 2017—This Welcoming Week, taking place September 16–22, 2017, the Lompoc Family YMCA will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide in hosting events to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity.
“At the Lompoc Family YMCA, we believe Lompoc is stronger when everyone in the community feels welcome and we can all work together for the common good.” said Susan Long, Branch Manager. “Welcoming Week is an opportunity for neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values – all for a better  us. During Welcoming Week, we continue to celebrate Viva la Vida Sana – Living the Healthy Life! – which is what we strive for every day at the Y.”

The Y will kick off Welcoming Week on Saturday, September 16 with the annual Viva la Vida Sana – Living the Healthy Life celebration. All activities are FREE and open to the public. Guests of the Y can simply check in at the front desk to receive free and full access to the Y for the week, along with a full schedule of activities, including Family Zumba, Bounce House, Youth Soccer Skills Class, Youth Basketball Skills Class, Cardio Dance Class, Salsa Dance Class, Food, Music and much more! During Welcoming Week, beginning September 18, the Lompoc Family YMCA will host a Citizenship Workshop, Pilates, Yoga and Kid’s Corner will focus on a different continent’s culture each day. There will be many cultural performances throughout the week and all activities are FREE!

“Communities recognize the benefits of being welcoming and ensuring that everyone can fully contribute to a community’s prosperity,” said David Lubell, founder and executive director of Welcoming America. “Welcoming Week events are a powerful way to promote cross-cultural understanding and build bridges between new and long-time residents, which results in stronger communities for all.”

About the Channel Islands YMCA
Established in 1887, the Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties including: Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth and Family Services YMCA which operates Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, the St. George Youth Center, My Home, and Support and Outreach Services.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs. For more information about the Lompoc Family YMCA, visit or call (805) 736-3483.

About Welcoming Week
Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing together thousands of people and hundreds of local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role communities play to foster greater welcome. Welcoming Week is Sept. 16-22 across the country and now expanding to other parts of the world.

Welcoming America is leading a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. Welcoming America believes that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to the success of both our communities and our shared future.