EAST HANOVER, NJ – The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges kicked off its 2014 Annual Campaign on Jan. 27 to help provide membership and program assistance to children, families and seniors who need its services, at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover with more than 280 guests. The theme was “Cause Driven, Auto Race” —a celebration of community, mission and impact.

The campaign raises funds for child care, community service opportunities, camp scholarships, membership, program assistance, and teen leadership development—ensuring everyone has an opportunity to benefit from YMCA programs, regardless of their ability to pay. The YMCA said that the need in 2014 is expected to be greater than ever.

“At the Y, we believe in fostering the care and respect all people need and deserve, by responding to our communities' most critical social needs. The Y is a cause driven organization that empowers children and adults to reach their full potential. With everyone’s help, we can reach our goal and continue to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO.

Sign Up for E-News

Overall, in 2014, The YMCA hopes to raise $1.2 million with 100% of the donations to be used to fund programs at every branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.

Locally, the Livingston-based West Essex YMCA’s campaign goal is $140,000.

“With Bonnie Granatir as the Branch Campaign Chair and through community support, we will reach our goal,” said Helen Flores, Executive Director of West Essex YMCA.

To find out more about how you can help volunteer for the Annual Campaign at the Y or to make a donation that will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own community, click here, or call a Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges facility.