LIVINGSTON, NJ — In just six weeks, the West Essex YMCA has raised more than $102,000 of its 2019 goal of $160,000 in the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges’ Treasure Quest, a campaign to make communities stronger, more inclusive, healthier and safer.

As a whole, the association and its seven branches have raised $710,100 of a $1.14 million target for the year. 

“We know the real challenges our members and families face,” said YMCA President and chief executive officer Richard Gorab, dressed as Jack Sparrow at a pirate-themed celebration earlier this month. “Too often the waters are high and the seas are choppy but the Y is the place they turn to for respite, relief, and support. The funds we raise ensure our doors are held open wide for all.”

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In addition to the West Essex Y in Livingston, the other Metro YMCA branches include the East Orange YMCA; Fairview Lake YMCA Camps in Stillwater; Greater Bergen County YMCA in Hackensack; South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood; Sussex County YMCA in Hardyston; and the Wayne YMCA. 

To contribute to the annual appeal, contact Metro YMCA Chief Development Officer Lisa Kelly at or 973-758-9622, visit, or stop by the West Essex YMCA at 321 South Livingston Avenue.