SUMMIT, NJ - More than 15 bags of pet provisions are now in the trusted hands of St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Shelter thanks to the generosity shown by YMCA members that participated in the Summit Area YMCA's 'Togetherhood Committee' collection drive.

The community donated foods, treats, blankets, and towels through an initiative that was part the Summit Area YMCA's mission to provide opportunities, programs and services to help strengthen community and strive "for a better us." The 'Togetherhood Committee' saw that "a better us" included its animal friends.

The St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is dedicated to the humane treatment of companion animals and is also known as one of the largest professional dog training and behavior centers in the country. The successful project was chaired by Maria Card with the help of Sarah Sangree, Volunteer Program Manager at St. Hubert’s, Lisa Meyers and Patty Facchinei of the Summit YMCA. This drive continued the third year mission of ''Togetherhood', which identifys community needs, leads projects, and allows YMCA members to support their neighbors.

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The assorted provisions were welcomed by St. Hubert’s, an organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals while fostering their adoption. St. Hubert’s has recently responded to a feline emergency during the heat wave rescuing 172 cats from a dire situation. Responsible farm / barn homes are now sought for those cats unable able to transition to living as indoor house pets.

The Summit Area YMCA is "committed to supporting the communities it serves through the 'Togetherhood Program'." The Y has established a Social Responsibility Service Committee to identify community needs and lead projects that help its members give back and support their neighbors. This volunteer initiative is focused on supporting communities through:

Senior Outreach - Connect with seniors who often feel lonely and isolated
Cultural Engagement - Respect, honor and celebrate diversity that is the fabric of our communities
Special Projects - Support events that make our community vibrant and exciting

For more info on 'Togetherhood' visit