Annual YMCA Internacional Fiesta
August 5th, 5-7pm
Camp Chase YMCA
15 Canton Rd, Burlington
Every year, YMCA staff, volunteers, members and friends participate in a free cultural celebration of diversity for a couple hours one summer evening at Camp Chase, 15 Canton Rd, Burlington. From 5-7pm on August 5th, we will be sharing performances and enjoying dishes from different international destinations. This event is friendly to young and old alike, and Camp Chase is open to our Y members all day in case you want to make the whole day a family affair!
Last year, attendees learned traditional dances, enjoyed Ricardo Calderon Mantovani’s rendition of our National Anthem, and ate dinner from a sampling of almost every continent! Our committee Chair won’t stop raving about the delicious kielbasa and the opportunity to try food from the Mediterranean to China, as well as more traditional US summer standards.
Many of our YMCA staff travel from far away for the camp counselor experience at Camps Chase, Jewell and Woodstock. Some are enjoying their summer here and expanding their horizons even though the climate back home can be tough or very different than what we're used to. They learn valuable leadership skills here and take home important lessons in youth development. This evening is an opportunity to explore different cultures right in our backyard and meet some wonderful people who help live the YMCA mission all over the world. It’s a privilege to get to know these staff and share in their culture. This night helps make our international staff and community feel at home at the Y.
This event is volunteer-driven through the Global Initiatives Committee, which has been active in international leadership and philanthropy for decades. The YMCA operates in 119 countries across the world, and the Greater Hartford Y has built relationships with other Y’s in multiple countries—sending financial support, building homes, donating goods, supporting disaster relief, guiding program innovation, hosting campers and hiring staff from around the globe.
The Y was founded in London and has been very influential in every aspect of American life since the early 1900’s. We have stories to tell about how we impact our communities from Alaska to Florida, Maine to Hawaii. The Y invented Basketball and Father’s Day, and the Y has always played a part in helping those in most need. We believe that every person has potential and seek to help them reach it, so this committee is delighted to extend that reach to our international neighbors.
We hope you’ll join us!
For more information about the event or to learn how to get more involved in the YMCA, please contact Robin Thibault; Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, Training & Development; at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.595.3041