Giving Back

Livingston Young Families Club Continues to Grow

Livingston Young Families Club continues to grow in its third year Credits: Danielle Santola

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Young Families Club (LYFC), founded in 2016, continues to promote community engagement among children and families nearly three years later, according to the non-profit’s leaders, Jun and Fen Ye.

The couple and their two sons, Roger and Luke, ages 10 and 8, recently presented the LYFC’s mission to the Livingston mayor and council in order to reach more local families.

“This is a young organization and we are doing volunteer work for children and families to engage them into community activities,” said Jun Ye, who moved to Livingston with his family about five years ago.

Sign Up for E-News

Once his sons began school, Ye said the family was very busy with schoolwork and work around the house, but often felt like something was missing. He said that although there were many community activities to become involved in, the family felt that these activities “come and go,” and that they were looking for something to participate in year-round.

The couple then came up with an idea that would get local families out of the house while also contributing to the community.

According to Ye, the club currently has about 80 participating families, which includes about 160 school-age kids.

“Those school-age kids, most of them [are from] elementary schools and they’re friends,” he said. “Families have had a lot of fun activities in the past three years.”

Since 2016, the LYFC has hosted approximately 20 events—some internal and some in collaboration with other organizations.

“We’re trying to bring the kids to a lot volunteer events,” said Fen Ye, who spoke about some specific activities, such as visiting the Salvation Army over the holidays to encourage the kids to think less about what gifts they might receive and more about those in need. “Every year, we have like 20-30 families do the relay of three of four hours [at Salvation Army] and the kids say their greetings and bring their smiles. Local residents do their donations and get their appreciation as well.”

She added that the group beats the Salvation Army’s average record each year, and that the kids go home thinking about what they can do to help others.

Other activities have included visiting Peanut Shell, participating in MLK Day, hosting events at the West Essex YMCA and more.

A fan favorite was an interactive children’s event called “Fitness Night with Kung Fu Panda” at the Livingston Library that focused on educating local youth on physical fitness in an engaging way. The young participants learned fitness skills while and also presented a skit that they wrote, directed, designed the costumes for and acted in.

Luke, a second grader at Mt. Pleasant Elementary (MPE), spoke about a visit he and other LYSC members made to Care One at Livingston Assisted Living over the holidays so that residents “wouldn’t exactly feel lonely” as well as educational trips to the Livingston Police Department, town hall and the water utility department.

“We’re kind of learning stuff and having fun,” he said.

Mayor Ed Meinhardt, who said the LYFC represents the diversity and inclusion that Livingston embraces, said he was happy to host more than 140 residents at town hall for a tour of the municipal and police departments.

He also thanked the historical society for helping out with the LYFC’s community garden project near the Oval, which Roger spoke more about.

“The community garden is interesting to see because you can see how everything grows and you might even be able to harvest it,” he said. “We’re planting seeds in cartons filled with soil and watering them. After a few weeks, they will grow bigger and we will get to plant them into the community garden. They will be very beautiful like that.”

The family said that the LYFC hopes the community garden will be a bigger project in the future.

The LYFC also supports town events, like the upcoming diversity festival at the YMCA and Saturday’s Youth Appreciation Week Family Festival Day. Last year, visitors to the LYFC ‘s booth at the Family Festival Day designed their own kite and learned to fly them.

This year, the LYFC looks forward to presenting even more surprises at the event, which will be held at the Oval from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about LYFC, email

Don’t miss important news in your town. Click HERE to subscribe for free, or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at @LivingstonTAP.

Download the FREE TAPinto App: Click here for Android or Click here for iOS

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

May 18, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Save Up To 20% at CNP Treasures

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your mom or that special someone in your life for Mother's Day? Then CNP Treasures has you covered! Save up to 20% at CNP Treasures located at 14 Northfield Ave in West Orange.

Come by this weekend so we can help you find the perfect gift! Offer expires Sunday, May ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, May 23, 7:00 PM

Livingston Community Center (lower level), Livingston

NJ-11 Congressional Candidates Debate, hosted by ...

Education Government Law & Justice


Thu, May 24, 6:30 PM

Heritage Middle School , Livingston

Livingston Public Schools Presents: 6th to 7th ...



Thu, May 24, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Understanding Hearing Loss

Health & Wellness

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Still Time to Register for Livingston's Fall Intown Soccer

May 14, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although a late fee may be applied as of May 13, registration is still open for the Fall 2018 Intown Soccer season in Livingston, including the high school co-ed program.

Livingston Soccer Club's (LSC) Intown program is all about sportsmanship, making friends, getting some exercise and learning a bit about soccer along the way. LSC provides the following ...

10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Receives Donation from Randolph Hockey Family

May 21, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ — While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real-life battles off the ice, there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the members of the Randolph varsity hockey team, when they came together to ...

A Royal Pain

I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about that later.

You see, not too long ago I received an evite addressed to me from H&  Curiously, it was in my spam folder with a warning message. For an evite it was pretty ...