YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy (MEWSA) 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 November 28th, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) 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 and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. “The Y is now…as it has always been…a place of possibility and promise for all”, said Rose Cushing, MEWSA President and CEO. “The YMCA is a champion of inclusion, committed to serving all. We feel we are called to enhance human connections. That’s why the Y passionately focuses on strengthening communities.  Every day, in Greater Middlesex County our YMCA supports kids, adults, seniors and families with programs that protect, teach, connect, heal, nourish and encourage. We will not turn anyone away because they cannot afford the full cost of the YMCA experience. The money raised on Giving Tuesday will support scholarships for those in our community who need us most. Everything we do helps empower communities and the ‘us’ who live in them to thrive.”

In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and Executive Director of 92Y. “As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners who are eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”

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Those who are interested in joining the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.ymcaofmewsa.org/give. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

About the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy

In 1921, the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy opened on the corner of Lake Avenue and High Street in Metuchen. From that very first branch in Metuchen, we’ve expanded to two additional branches in Edison and South Amboy, along with an outdoor pool, twelve childcare centers and thirteen day camps. That makes your Y the largest provider of childcare services in Middlesex County, giving working parents a safe and enriching environment for their children.

Over 1,000 dedicated volunteers help make the Y what it is today, serving the unique needs of more than 35,000 of your friends and neighbors every year. And while every Y is different, we all share a common bond — our people. We bring men, women and children, like you and your family, together to help you realize what you can achieve.