EAST HANOVER, NJ- In January the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges began its Annual Campaign fundraising campaign to help provide membership and program assistance to more than 5,000 children, families and seniors. On Wednesday, March 12 at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover, the campaign succefully exceeded the goal of $950 thousand by more than $30 thousand. The theme of the event was Cause Driven, Race to the Finish- a celebration of community, mission and impact.
Locally in Newton, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps raised $75,707 towards the Association’s goal.
The Annual Campaign raises funds for child care, community service opportunities, camp scholarships, membership, program assistance, and teen leadership development — ensuring everyone has an opportunity to benefit from YMCA programs, regardless of their ability to pay.
The YMCA serves as a gathering place for each community it serves. It’s a safe-haven for kids to play and do homework afterschool, seniors meet for group exercise, social activities and to connect, and where adults come to learn healthy lifestyle choices.
As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community, gifts made will help the Y advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. More importantly, 100 percent of gifts made will make a direct impact on the residents in our communities.
Throughout 2014, The Metro YMCA plans to raise $1.5 million dollars, including the public campaign, grants, The Kids Care Club Golf Outing, events and sponsorships. All donations will be used to fund programs at every branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.
“I am very pleased of our volunteers and staff working together toward the ultimate goal of attracting $1.5 million in support of our communities. By design, our Annual Campaign is meant to provide services and memberships to youth, families and seniors. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in YMCA programs. With a successful campaign, we look forward to making a positive impact in our communities,” said Richard K. Gorab, President and CEO.
To find out more about how the YMCA can help make an impact in your life, visit our website, http://www.metroymcas.org or call a Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges facility.
About The Y
The Y is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being while providing opportunities to give back and support the community.
Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is a cause-driven organization of six branches located in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne providing:
- Quality all-day and after-school child care, pre-school classes, recreational and enrichment programs including swimming, sports, arts, computer activities and day and sleep-away camps;
- Teen programs that help build self-esteem and leadership skills;
- Wellness programs for adults and seniors.
The Metro YMCA of the Oranges is the largest YMCA association in New Jersey serving more than 35,000 individuals and providing more than $1.5 million in financial assistance to families for child care, YMCA memberships, summer camps, youth sports and teen after-school programs. The Metro YMCA’s mission is to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.