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South Mountain YMCA Sets $165K Fundraising Goal to Help Families and Individuals in Need

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The Metropolitan YMCA set a goal to raise more than $1 million over six weeks to support families and individuals in need at its six branches. The ‘Get on Board’ Annual Support Campaign kickoff was held Jan. 23 at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover and drew more than 250 guests.

“These are challenging times, when so many people lack opportunities to thrive because of unemployment and underemployment, poverty, chronic disease, educational disparities, and other problems that eat away the very fabric of our communities,” Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard K. Gorab said. “Fortunately, we have the power to strengthen our communities by joining together and investing in our children and neighbors in need.”

The Metro YMCA is the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey serving more than 35,000 individuals at six branches: the East Orange Y, Fairview Lake Y, South Mountain Y, Sussex County Y, Wayne Y and West Essex Y. The Metro Y is committed to strengthening communities by nurturing children’s potential, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility.

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In addition to providing programs for children, adults and seniors to stay active and socialize, the Metro Y has developed evidence-based programs to tackle obesity, help people with cancer recover, prevent child sexual abuse, close the achievement gap, ensure quality, affordable child care, make fresh vegetables and fruit available in food deserts, and more, said Metro Y Chief Development Officer Lisa Kelly.

“Every dollar donated will be used to further our mission and make impactful, enduring improvements in the communities we serve,” Kelly said. Members and staff at each branch have been challenged to raise a portion of the $1,047,000 goal by March 6. South Mountain Y’s goal is $165,000.

The Metro YMCA is recognized as one of the best charities in the United States. Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, on Feb. 1 awarded the Metro Y its top rating for a sixth consecutive year in recognition of the organization’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 5 percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator have received four-star evaluations six consecutive years or more.

To contribute to the annual appeal, contact Kelly at lkelly@metroymcas.org or 973-758-9622, or visit our website at metroymcas.org

ABOUT THE Y

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 financial assistance each year. 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.

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