In just six weeks, staff and members at the seven Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges branches raised 70 percent of the organization’s $1,125,000 annual campaign goal.

“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,” Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges President and CEO Richard K. Gorab said. 

Campaign proceeds will support children, families and adults in need who live in communities served by Metro YMCA branches: the East Orange YMCA; Fairview Lake YMCA Camps; South Mountain YMCA; Sussex County YMCA; Wayne YMCA; West Essex YMCA; and the YMCA of Greater Bergen County.

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The Metro YMCA launched its “Calling All Superheroes” annual campaign on Jan. 22, with branch executive directors dressed as a  superhero at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover. More than 210 staff, members and other supporters gathered again on March 5 to celebrate the six-week achievement of raising $788,000.

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

The Metro YMCA provides programs for children, adults and seniors to remain active, but it also is 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, Metro YMCA Chief Development Officer Lisa Kelly said.

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., last month gave the Metro YMCA its 4-star rating for a seventh year straight for its strong financial health and commitment to transparency and accountability. Only 4 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.

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ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 30,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.