SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Area YMCA has launched their 2015 Annual Community Campaign, entitled “The Y For All Ages”, which highlights stories about people whose lives have been affected by The Y in a meaningful and fulfilling way.

The 2014 Summit Area YMCA’s Annual Campaign provided more than $635,000 in mission-based direct financial assistance to qualifying individuals and families who live locally including LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA – a program to help cancer survivors begin the journey to recovery; Achievers – a program for teens who are seeking guidance in pursuing higher education; and the Seventh Grade Membership Initiative to encourage young teens to make healthy life choices at a time when they are exposed to opportunities to engage in risk behaviors.

To commemorate the launch, the Summit Area YMCA will host, at their location on 67 Maple Street, a special event February 25 beginning  at 7 p.m., where members, volunteers, donors, staff, and the Board of Trustees are invited to kick-off the campaign and raise $200,000 in six weeks.  
As a cause-driven organization, funds raised support the Y’s ability to provide financial assistance to those individuals and families in need as the Y strives to build a healthier and more connected community.

The 2015 Annual Community Campaign follows the very successful 2015 Staff Campaign, were more than 400 employees (or 90% of the staff) of the Summit YMCA, Berkeley Heights YMCA, The Learning Circle YMCA, and the Association Services office donated $82,359.  The average gift size was $205, with almost 50% of staff making a gift of $100+. 
 
The amount raised via the staff campaign represents the most the staff has ever given, and a 12.5% increase over the previous year, which speaks to employees’ belief in the Y’s mission to meaningfully impact lives to build a stronger community.  Of note, 109 staffers committed to being members of the “Hourly Club” – where each member donates one hour of their time per pay check to the campaign.

“The Y’s annual campaign is an uplifting experience that benefits all,” mentioned Kevin Hill, volunteer and General Chair of the Summit Area YMCA 2015 Annual Campaign. “It is the incredible generosity of those who donate to the campaign that allows the Y to open its doors to everyone… regardless of their ability to pay. Providing an opportunity for each person to grow in spirit, mind and body at the Y is wonderful thing.”

The Summit Area YMCA is grateful to all dedicated volunteers who contribute to the Annual Campaign, in particular, those , In addition to Hill, other individuals who have taken leadership roles for the various campaign divisions include Ann Garrity as the Berkeley Heights YMCA Branch Chair; Peter Loeser and Richard Callaghan as the Summit YMCA Branch Chairs; and Teresa Mendez as The Learning Circle YMCA Branch Chair.


“We are so grateful to our volunteers for their leadership and contributions to our Annual Campaign. They help ensure the Y’s viability and sustainability so we can continue to offer programs and services that serve so many,” commented Paul Kieltyka, President and CEO of the Summit Area YMCA. 
 
Kieltyka added, “Our volunteers share their Y stories and are true ambassadors for our Y which helps everyone understand that we are so much more than a swim and gym. Through their donations, our staff and volunteers lead by example in giving of their time, talent and treasure to advance the Y’s mission of building a stronger community.”

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Caitlin Jensen, Director of Development, at caitlin.jensen@thesay.org, or by calling 908 / 738 2179. To make an online gift to the Y’s Annual Campaign, please visit thesay.org/give.