LIVINGSTON, NJ — In only six weeks, staff and members at the seven Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges branches—West Essex, East Orange, Fairview Lake Camps, South Mountain, Sussex County YMCA, Wayne and Greater Bergen—raised 70 percent of the organization’s $1,125,000 annual campaign goal.

Campaign proceeds will support children, families and adults in need who live in communities served by the Metro YMCA branches.

“This achievement is a testament to our staff and members’ commitment to their communities through our mission of promoting healthy living, youth development and social responsibility,” said Richard Gorab, president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.

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The Metro YMCA launched its “Calling All Superheroes” annual campaign on Jan. 22, when branch executive directors dressed up as superheros at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover. More than 210 staff, members and other supporters gathered again earlier this month to celebrate the six-week achievement of raising $788,000.

“East Orange YMCA members, families, friends and supporters have stepped up to become superheroes for our community,” said East Orange YMCA Executive Director James Forde. “Our annual campaign is off to a super start. We look forward forward to raising more throughout this year to enable more East Orange families, kids and campers to participate and experience the East Orange YMCA.”

The Metro YMCA provides programs for children, adults and seniors to remain active, but it is also committed to addressing serious societal issues such as poverty, obesity, child sexual abuse, the shortage of affordable child care and the dearth in healthy foods in some communities, according to Metro YMCA Chief Development Officer Lisa Kelly.

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has long been recognized as a top charity for its stewardship of donations. Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the U.S., gave the Metro YMCA its four-star rating last month for a seventh consecutive year for its strong financial health and commitment to transparency and accountability. Only four percent of nonprofits evaluated by Charity Navigator have achieved the top rating at least seven years in a row.

To donate to the annual campaign, to to metroymcas.org/donate or contact Kelly at lkelly@metroymcas.org or 973-758-9622.