The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is expanding opportunities for local children to attend to camp. Through a new pilot program started by the Township of Edison, sixteen children attended YMCA’s Oakcrest Camp, located on Inman Avenue in Edison. In a press release, the YMCA stated that local businesses were asked to sponsor children so they could have a camp experience. The release identified several businesses including: BCB Community Bank of Edison, the law firm of McManimon, Scotland and Baumann, LLC, MASER Consulting, P.A., Moghul Catering, India Grocers, Indian Groceries Outlet, Avenel-Iselin Medical Group, East Coast Emergency Vehicles and Columbia Bank.
The sponsorships enabled the children to attend camp for four weeks with their experience culminating in a field trip to Adventure Aquarium, where the kids enjoyed a fun and educational experience. Through this experience, the YMCA stated that the children would discover new skills, feel welcome, and create friendships that will last a lifetime.
Mark Rellinger and Adriana Linder from Columbia Bank, the largest sponsor for the pilot program, presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to Michael Campbell, Youth Opportunity Coordinator for Edison Township according to the release. Also on hand were Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey, Cindy O’Neill, Director of Operations of the Edison YMCA and Eric Meshirer, Oakcrest Camp Director.
“We are so proud to partner with Edison Township on this new initiative and gratified that so many businesses stepped up to support this program,” said Rose Cushing, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy in the release. "We are grateful that they were able to provide these children with a camp experience that they will never forget.”