WAYNE, NJ - Supporters, members, staff, and volunteers of the Wayne YMCA will gather on Wednesday, Feb. 5 to “Celebrate the Magic” as they kick off this year’s Annual Support Campaign. 

The Wayne YMCA has set a goal of raising $120,000 to help adults and children access quality child care, health and wellness programs, summer camp, swim lessons, and more.

“The YMCA provides a place where everyone in the community, regardless of their ability, age, background, ethnicity and race, faith, gender identity or sexual orientation, can stay active and healthy, learn a new skill, or just socialize with neighbors,” said Laura Tiedge, executive director of the Wayne Y. “We count on the generosity of people in the community to provide free programs and financial assistance to those who need it most.”

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The kick-off celebration takes place from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Dr., Wayne, with hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments, and activities for all ages. RSVP to Joyce Fein at jfein@metroymcas.org or 973-595-0100, ext. 226.

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which includes the Wayne YMCA, collectively set a goal of raising $1,180,000 in 2020. Money raised will support YMCA programs such as camps and child care for children of all ages, and help families access these programs regardless of their ability to pay. 

"The Metro YMCA of the Oranges and its branches work every day to make a direct and meaningful impact in the lives of children and families by promoting healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility,” said Richard K. Gorab, president and CEO of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. “Funds raised through this year's Annual Support Campaign will allow us to continue this important mission in our communities and give more people the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.”

The Metro YMCA, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is recognized for its stewardship of charitable donations. Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, has awarded the Metro Y its top rating for nine years in a row in recognition of the organization’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 3 percent of the charities evaluated have received at least nine consecutive 4-star evaluations.

For more information or to make contribution, visit wayneymca.org, or contact the Wayne Y at 973-595-0100.

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 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.