Mayor de Blasio Proclaims June 8, 2017 is the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood Day

Happy YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood Day!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June 7 the Y received a very special proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In honor of our centennial, June 8, 2017 will be known as "YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood Day" in the City of New York!

The proclamation arrived on the eve of, and June 8 was chosen because of, the Y's Centennial Gala held at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park on Thursday, June 8. The proclamation acknowledges the Y's crucial role in uplifting people of all ages and backgrounds in Upper Manhattan and beyond. Mayor de Blasio, thank you for recognizing a century of commitment to being there for New Yorkers, both in times of hardship and celebration!

Find the full text and a photograph of the proclamation below.

Office of the Mayor
CITY OF NEW YORK
Proclamation

WHEREAS: THE STRENGTH OF NEW YORK HAS ALWAYS BEEN DEPENDENT UPON OUR RESIDENTS AND THE OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE MADE A POSITIVE IMPACT IN NEIGHBORHOODS ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS. THIS SPIRIT OF SERVICE HAS HELPED US TACKLE COUNTLESS CHALLENGES AND HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL TO THE VITALITY AND UNITY THAT OUR CITY IS KNOWN FOR. THE YM&YWHA OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS AND INWOOD HAS BEEN A CRITICAL PARTNER IN OUR EFFORTS TO LIFT THE FLOOR FOR PEOPLE IN UPPER MANHATTAN AND BEYOND, AND I AM PROUD TO JOIN IN WELCOMING EVERYONE TO ITS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION.

WHEREAS: ESTABLISHED IN 1917, THE YM&YWHA OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS AND INWOOD HAS ALWAYS GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND TO SUPPORT ITS COMMUNITY. FROM HELPING TO RESETTLE REFUGEES FROM WWI AND WWII BY PROVIDING CITIZENSHIP TUTORING, ENGLISH CLASSES, AND COMMUNITY BUILDING PROGRAMS TO ACTING AS A SAFE-HAVEN DURING THE RACE RIOTS OF THE 1980S TO BUILDING SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE HOUSING FOR SENIORS, THIS ORGANIZATION STANDS AS A STEADFAST PILLAR OF LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE. TODAY, THE Y OFFERS AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS, SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE, SUMMER CAMPS, PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, SOCIAL SERVICES, AND HEALTH AND FITNESS CLASSES FOR ADULTS AND SENIORS. IN KEEPING WITH THE ORGANIZATION'S JEWISH IDENTITY, THE Y ALSO HOSTS EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH, WORKSHOPS, SPEAKER EVENTS, AND HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING THAT HONOR JEWISH HISTORY, CULTURE, AND TRADITIONS.

WHEREAS: NEW YORK HAS LONG BEEN A CHAMPION OF EQUAL RIGHTS, INCLUSION, AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL, AND THESE CORE VALUES HAVE SHAPED THE FABRIC OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS FOR GENERATIONS. THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE INDIVIDUALS WHO COME TOGETHER AND DEVOTE THEMSELVES TO BETTERING THE LIVES OF THEIR FELLOW RESIDENTS, AND I AM PROUD TO APPLAUD THE Y'S MEMBERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO UPLIFT NEW YORKERS OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS. TOGETHER, WE ARE FORGING A BRIGHTER, MORE EQUITABLE FUTURE FOR ALL.

NOW THEREFORE, I, BILL DE BLASIO, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, IN HONOR OF ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM THURSDAY, JUNE 8TH, 2017 IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK AS:

"YM&YWHA OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS AND INWOOD DAY"

Mayor de Blasio's Proclamation - June 8, 2017 Y of Washington Heights & Inwood Day