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Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges Receives A $10,000 Grant from the PNC Foundation

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is pleased to announce that they have received a $10,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support the East Orange YMCA's Preschool Program.  The PNC Foundation actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which they it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education as well as community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture.
 
“Studies have shown that investments in early childhood programs produce measurable, long-term educational benefits for both students and the education system as a whole.  Quality preschool programs like the ones at the East Orange YMCA play a major role in the educational future of our students because learning in a child’s early years is essential for their future success,” said Artie Collins, Vice President, Community Development Consultant for PNC Bank.”
 
The East Orange YMCA's Preschool Program is a collaborating childcare center with the East Orange Board of Education where children ages 3 and 4 in low income communities are provided free preschool education.  The Y's Preschool Program curriculum focuses on fostering the development of the whole child, including cognitive reasoning, language skills as well as the emotional and personal growth of each student. The goal of the Y's Preschool Program is to ensure that every child will enter kindergarten with the language skills, self-help skills and a positive self-image.  It is this basic educational foundation which establishes the groundwork for a successful transition to primary and secondary school then into high-school and ultimately onto higher education.
 
“We are very grateful to receive the PNC Foundation's generous support, which will be used at the East Orange YMCA,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. “The PNC Foundation has a long history of strengthening and enriching the community at large and their continued support allows us to help those who need it the most.”
 
The Y is for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility and is accessible to all people.  Financial assistance is available to individuals and families who cannot afford the full cost of our programs and services.
For more information about the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges or the PNC Foundation Grant please call 973-758-9622 or visit www.metroymcas.org.
 
The Y is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the foundations of communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the country, 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being while providing opportunities to give back and support the community.
 
The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is the largest Y in the state of New Jersey, serving over 164,000 members and program participants annually.  Its mission is to enrich the lives of the children, families and communities it serves, through programs that build spirit, mind and body, welcoming all people, in an environment nurturing positive values. Its five branch facilities, located in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston and Stillwater, provide a wide variety of services and activities:
• Quality all-day and after-school childcare, pre-school and kindergarten classes, recreational and enrichment programs e.g. swimming and other sports, arts, computer activities and day and sleep-away camps.
• Programs for adolescents and teens that include sports, parties and club activities.
• Programs for adults and seniors. 

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