The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy has announced that they will be offering a 25% membership discount at the Edison YMCA for caregivers of veterans and those who have served in the military.  This benefit is being offered as a commitment to the Hidden Heroes Campaign begun by Senator Elizabeth Dole, who started the Foundation after taking care of her own husband, Bob Dole, who was wounded in 2011.  Recognizing the need to help the more than 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers in the United States, Senator Dole created the Hidden Heroes Campaign for those countless spouses, parents and other loved ones who have made drastic changes to their lives and set aside careers to care for loved ones.

The Township of Edison initially joined the cause, declaring the township by way of a council resolution a “Hidden Heroes Community”, with the goal of raising public awareness and inspiring people, businesses and civic groups to join in the support of these caregivers.  Edison is the first township in Middlesex County and the second in New Jersey to do so.  “The YMCA is honored to do our part in this worthy cause,” said Rose Cushing, President & CEO of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy.  “We plan to not only open our doors to our Hidden Heroes at the Edison YMCA, but at our Metuchen and South Amboy branches as well.”  A military caregiver is defined as a family member, friend or other loved one who provides a broad range of care and assistance for, or manages the care of, a current or former military service member with a disabling physical or mental injury or illness.

The YMCA also offers a discount for veterans and members of the military through their Military Outreach Program.  “There are over 3,000 veterans and over 700 disabled veterans in the township of Edison,” said Cindy O’Neill, Director of Operations at the Edison YMCA.  “Given that one of the tenets of the YMCA is social responsibility, this gives the YMCA the opportunity to give back to these brave men and women, as well as their caregivers”.  For more information on the YMCA Military Outreach Program, go to http://www.ymca.net/military-outreach/memberships.html.

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If you feel you are eligible for either program or know someone that may be, please contact Membership and Marketing Director Kristine Rosko at the Edison YMCA at 732-494-3232, ext. 3512.  To find out more about the Hidden Heroes campaign, go to www.hiddenheroes.org and register to be eligible for the Hidden Heroes YMCA membership discount.

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The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is a charitable, nonprofit organization devoted to supporting individuals and families—regardless of age, income or background—in their quest to realize their full potential through programs and services that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each day we serve over 6,000 YMCA members and 1,000 children in childcare in five communities throughout Middlesex County.  The YMCA of MEWSA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ymcaofmewsa.org.