Welcoming week for immigrants in York City

Sean Philip Cotter

York City will hold several events this week with the focus on spotlighting the benefits of diversity and living in a multiethnic community, according to a news release.

Welcoming Week, as it's called, runs from Monday through Saturday, with events on each day, according to a news release from the CASA organization.

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York City government put this together in partnership with the local YMCA and CASA, a Latino-services group that has an office in York City Hall.

“Our aim is to show immigrants that they can have a voice in their community and that their voice is welcomed,” said Elizabeth Alex, CASA’s regional director for Pennsylvania.

This week is part of a national initiative geared at fostering more events aimed at helping and celebrating immigrants. York City has previously been noted as a "welcoming community" for its efforts to integrate immigrants into the community.

York City cited as 'welcoming community'

The first event was Monday at Martin Library, where York City Mayor Kim Bracey made a proclamation about welcoming week.

Then on Wednesday, CASA and the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will hold a citizenship workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at the YMCA of York County, 90 N. Newberry St. This is meant to give people more information about naturalization, eligibility and screenings, according to the release.

On Thursday, Pedi Cabs of York, a bicyclist-drawn taxi service around downtown, will hold business tours at 10:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., the release states. The cabs will bring people to several city businesses owned and operated by immigrants. Registration is required for these tours, the release states.

A resource fair will run from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Foundry Park next to the Waterway bar along Codorus Creek  according to the release. It will feature organizations geared toward helping immigrants. Immediately after that, the latest creek fire event will run from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring family-friendly cultural entertainment and activities.

For more information, call Fernanda Durand at 240-706-2624 or Erika Hernandez at 301-717-4492.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.