SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area YMCA has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States -- and the widely recognized shopping events "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" -- to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities by giving back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.   

One of the area’s leading charitable 501(c)(3) organizations, the Summit Area YMCA's. programs and services are open to all through The Y’s Financial Assistance Program  made possible through donations from its members, donors, and community partners. 

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To date in 2015, the Summit Area YMCA provided more than $750,000 in direct financial assistance to families in the community with demonstrated need, and more than $2 million in subsidized programming.
 
The Y’s Financial Assistance Program provides for scholarships for memberships, childcare, and summer camp, as well as programs such as the "7th Grade Initiative," where all local 7th graders are provided a free membership at a critical stage in their lives; "Livestrong at the YMCA," a small-group exercise and recovery program to adult cancer survivors in our area; and Military Family Scholarships.

“As part of our continued focus on service to our community, the Summit Area YMCA is now offering  'Learn to Swim' – a free program committed to teaching all local second graders to swim, said Paul Kieltyka, CEO of the Summit Area YMCA. "This potentially life saving skill is best taught at this age, and provides for safety and enjoyment in the water throughout one’s lifetime."
 
Kieltyka added, "This program, and others like it, is made possible through the generosity of our donors. All donations received through our #GivingTuesday Campaign will go towards enabling us to offer this program free to our community."

For more information on the Summit Area YMCA’s’s #GivingTuesday initiative, visit thesay.org.