Basking Ridge, NJ – April 29, 2016 – On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Somerset County YMCA held its annual Spirit Awards and Annual Campaign Celebration to thank donors and volunteers for their dedication in helping the Y to surpass its fundraising goal with pledges of more than $814,715 to the 2016 Annual Campaign.

On February 10, Somerset County YMCA kicked off its 2016 Annual Campaign with a goal of $805,000. The funds ensure that the Y can open its doors to all in the community, regardless of inability to pay, by making financial assistance available to individuals and families The campaign tagline, ‘The Y.™ For a Better Us.™’, embraces the Y’s cause that is to strengthen the foundation of the community.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our members, donors and partners who share our commitment to strengthen our community,” said David M. Carcieri, President and CEO. “The funds raised in our Annual Campaign help us to enhance the quality of life and make a meaningful difference in the communities we serve. In fact, 100% of the funds go directly back into the community through financial assistance. It is thanks to our volunteers and donors that we are able to offer ongoing support, encouragement and connections to those who need it most.” 

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“Our staff and board members have a strong commitment to philanthropy,” said Mr. Carcieri. Our campaign kicked-off with Y staff donating $77,500 - a testament to their belief in and dedication to the Y’s mission. Additionally, 100% of members of the board of directors contributed and were successful in securing additional gifts to the campaign, showing their support for the Y’s cause.”

As a nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For the 2016 campaign, 169 volunteers worked on behalf of Somerset County YMCA to raise funds that allow the Y to meet community needs through financial assistance and mission-based programs.

“I am truly grateful to the Y and its supporters for all they’ve done for my family through the Y’s financial assistance program,” said YMCA member, Amanda Doman.  . “Despite falling upon hard times, my children are thriving in swim lessons and after school care at the Y. By volunteering at the Y, I’ve gained a deeper sense of connection, which has helped me live my life with purpose knowing that I am paying it forward and helping others.” 


Direct financial assistance from Somerset County YMCA branches supports local individuals and families with services they otherwise could not afford, such as child care, summer camp and membership. Additionally, Y branches subsidize mission-based programs and services that benefit the community, including Saturdays in Motion – a free recreational program for children with autism and their families; LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA – a free program to help cancer survivors begin the journey to recovery; and the Enhance®Fitness Program that offers hope and strength to seniors who suffer from arthritis.

During the campaign, members shared the impact the Y has had on their lives. Doug Clark of Mendham described how LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA helped him feel connected and encouraged him to continue swimming and running after a cancer diagnosis ended his 7-year triathlon title streak.

“I am grateful for the care and support of the Y staff and other LIVESTRONG participants. Both have been therapeutic and motivating,” said Mr. Clark.

In 2015, Somerset County YMCA’s branches provided nearly $930,000 in financial assistance to community residents for membership, child care, summer camp, and other services, as well as over $600,000 in support of free or low-cost community programs and services.

“The reality is that the need for financial assistance in our diverse communities is greater than the amount raised,” Mr. Carcieri said. “Our volunteers and staff are committed to raising the funds to meet the demand and provide opportunities to those who are struggling, which will help propel our community forward.”

 

Despite having reached its initial goal for the annual support campaign, the Y recognizes there is more to be done, as the need for financial assistance among residents continues to grow. 

 

For more information about the Y’s Annual Campaign or to make a gift, contact Kelly Castro, Senior Campaign Director, at kcastro@somersecountyymca.org or 908-766-7898 x100 or visitwww.somersetcountyymca.org/give.

 

About Somerset County YMCA

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At Somerset County YMCA, we believe everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For information about Somerset County YMCA and financial assistance, visit us at www.somersetcountyymca.org.