NEWTON, NJ - Millburn native Matthew Lifschultz, a longtime Fairview Lake YMCA camper, has been tapped to fill the new position of alumni coordinator to create fun, engaging events and reunions for the Y’s thousands of alumni.

Lifschultz began attending Fairview Lake YMCA Camps in 1999 and has worked there since graduating Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in youth development. Fairview Lake Y played a big role in his own development.

“I was a shy 12-year-old when I started here, but camp taught me to speak up, take charge of situations and try new things,” Lifschultz said. As a camper, Lifschultz enjoyed going on adventure trips. Archery was a favorite activity that developed into a hobby.

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The 29-year-old said is excited to create opportunities for former campers to reconnect with friends and the natural beauty of Fairview Lake Y. For the summer, he has planned the Y’s first regatta on July 23, as well as the annual 5K run on June 12. “Sailing is such a major part of the camp experience here, so the regatta is a perfect fit,” he said.

Lifschultz started working at Fairview Lake Y as an environmental education teacher, and was promoted to community events coordinator, program director of summer program director, and then assistant summer camp director.

As alumni coordinator, Lifschultz is planning a major event in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Laurel Ridge girls’ program. “There is a lot of history in Laurel Ridge, and I am excited that we are honoring our female campers, counselors and alumni in a special way,” he said.

The YMCA was established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey, serving more than 35,000 individuals and providing nearly $1.3 million in direct financial assistance. Its six YMCAs, located in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne, are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. They offer an array of programs that build spirit, mind and body for people of all ages and all circumstances.