LIVINGSTON, NJ - With more people experiencing financial hardships during the pandemic, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has made it easier for members of the community to request financial assistance for the Y’s child care, membership, and health and wellness programs.

The Y offers financial assistance through the Y for All Fund, which helps individuals and families who have extenuating circumstances access Y programs and services. Applicants are awarded a set percentage reduced rate for all membership and programs. 

“Having an expedited process for responding to financial assistance requests is one way we can continue to meet the needs of our diverse communities and remain accessible to the people who count on the Y the most, especially during these difficult times,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO of the Metro YMCAs. 

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The Y uses a secure online system for individuals to apply for financial assistance. Proof of income is required, and applicants can also submit an optional statement of need. Applications are confidential. Support is available in both English and Spanish, and if all documents are handy, the application process can be done in less than an hour.  Once the application is verified, they will receive an award notification from the Y, in about five business days.  

For anyone already receiving federal or state-funded assistance, the Y has expedited its financial assistance process. Those applicants should email fa@metroymcas.org to request financial assistance from the Y. Government assistance includes: Program for Parents, NORWESCAP, Office for Children, NJ SNAP, food stamps, TANF, and others. 

The Metro YMCAs in 2019 awarded nearly $2.3 million in financial assistance to 4,971 applicants, including children, families, and individuals. That amount is nearly $500,000 more than awarded in 2018. 

Financial assistance is made possible by funds raised from special events, grants, corporate gifts, from the support of the community through the Y’s Annual Support Campaign.  

The Y anticipates a greater need for financial assistance due to communities being impacted by job loss and other challenges of COVID-19. The Metro Ys have already provided $843,000 in financial assistance this year.

“The ongoing need for the Y’s programs and services is greater than ever and with the generous support of our members, donors, friends and corporate and foundation partners, we can continue to be there for those who need it," said Dan Elwell, Chief Development Officer for the Metro YMCAs.

 To learn more about the Y’s Financial Assistance program, visit metroymcas.org/give. 

To make a secure, online donation to our Annual Campaign, visit our Donations Page at metroymcas.org/give. 

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.