MetLife Foundation recently awarded a Volunteer Ventures grant of $1,000 to the Westfield Area Y in support of a project proposed by Elizabeth O’Brien, a MetLife employee who volunteers with the Y.  The project will involve the Westfield Area Y’s Synchronized Swim Team, the AquaDucks. 

Synchronized swimming is both a demanding sport and a beautiful art form. It combines the skill and endurance of speed swimming, the grace, balance, and precision of ballet, and the pearl diver's ability to hold her breath and work underwater. The Westfield Area Y Aquaducks Synchronized Swim Team has been a part of the Y's programs for decades and consistently wins recognition.  Many of the Aquaducks’ team members and their small routines regularly qualify to participate in the Age Group Nationals meet, which invites only the top age group athletes to the largest synchronized swim meet in the world.

The Volunteer Ventures Program encourages and supports employee involvement at the local level in nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life for all.  Grants are made for specific projects in which MetLife employees have continuing involvement as volunteers. 

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.