HACKENSACK, NJ -- Supporters, members, and staff of the Greater Bergen County YMCA are invited to “An Assembly of Heroes” on Monday, Feb. 3 as the Y kicks off this year’s Annual Support Campaign.

The Greater Bergen Y has set a goal of raising $65,000 to help adults and children access quality child care, health and wellness programs, summer camp, swim lessons, and more.

“The Y provides a place where everyone in the community, regardless of their ability, age, background, ethnicity and race, faith, gender identity or sexual orientation, can stay active and healthy, learn a new skill, or just socialize with neighbors,” said Glenn MacAfee, executive director of the Greater Bergen Y. “Each year, the Y relies on the generosity of the surrounding community to help us continue providing vital programs and services so that everyone has the same opportunities to reach their full potential.”

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The kick-off celebration takes place from 11:30-12:30 p.m. at the Greater Bergen Y, 360 Main St., Hackensack, and will feature performances by children in child care, stories of the Y’s impact, and campaign gift presentations. There will also be light refreshments and door prizes. To register, visit ymcagbckickoff.eventbrite.com, or contact Julie Morrow, Communications and Development Director, at 201-487-6600, ext. 206 or jmorrow@metroymcas.org.

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which includes the YMCA of Greater Bergen County, 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 contribution, visit www.metroymcas.org or contact the Greater Bergen Y at 201-487-6600.

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.