EAST ORANGE, NJ - Supporters, members, and staff of the East Orange YMCA are invited to help “Light the Way” for children and families on Tuesday, Feb. 4 as the Y kicks off this year’s Annual Support Campaign. 

The East Orange Y has set a goal of raising $55,000 to help adults and children access quality child care, health and wellness programs, summer camp, swim lessons, and more. 

“The East Orange Y provides a place for children in our community to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment with trained, loving teachers and counselors to help guide them along the way,” said Krys Jensen, interim executive director at the East Orange Y. “We support the whole family by providing financial assistance to families who cannot afford the full cost of programs, and so that they can go to work with peace of mind. Donations to our Annual Support Campaign allow us to do this and help fulfill the mission of the Y.”

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The kick-off celebration takes place from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Turrell Gym, 151 North Munn Ave. in East Orange, and will feature performances by YMCA youth dancers and stories of the Y’s impact. There will also be light refreshments. Register by Jan. 31 via eventbrite.com, or call the East Orange Y Welcome Center at 973-673-5588.

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which includes the East Orange YMCA, collectively set a goal of raising $1,180,000 in 2020. Money raised will support YMCA programs such as camps and child care for children of all ages, and help families access these programs regardless of their ability to pay. 

"The Metro YMCA of the Oranges and its branches work every day to make a direct and meaningful impact in the lives of children and families by promoting healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility,” said Richard K. Gorab, president and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. “Funds raised through this year's Annual Support Campaign will allow us to continue this important mission in our communities and give more people the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.”

The Metro YMCA, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is recognized for its stewardship of charitable donations. Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, has awarded the Metro Y its top rating for nine years in a row in recognition of the organization’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 3 percent of the charities evaluated have received at least nine consecutive 4-star evaluations.

For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.metroymcas.org or contact the East Orange Y at 973-673-5588.

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.