Summit NJ, March 2018
On March 1, the Summit Area YMCA kicked off its 2018 Annual Campaign at The Summit Elks Club with a $600,000 fund raising goal. Funds raised from the Annual Campaign will make it possible for the Y to provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford access to programs and membership at the Y, as well as funding meaningful free programs that strengthen the foundations of the community such as LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Recovery program, Healthy Hearts Rehab Maintenance Program, Achievers Program, 7th Grade Initiative, 2nd Grade Learn to Swim Program, and the Family Backpack program which provides weekend meals to school-age children facing food insecurity.
Board of Trustees, Branch Advisory Committees, staff, and campaign volunteers all in attendance, listened to the inspirational words of YMCA members and community members who have partnered with the Y to transform lives.
"For those of you in the audience who don't know, the greatest gift you can give a parent is 'peace of mind'," said Marianna Davila, a current Learning Circle YMCA (TLC) parent and TLC Branch Advisory Committee Member," and ”TLC gives that to every family, every day in spades." A mother of four, Davila spoke of the peace of mind she experienced when first dropping off her oldest son Benjamin at TLC in 2012. She saw the teachers’ love and devotion to her children and wanted to give back by participating in the Annual Campaign so that families who might not otherwise be able to afford childcare would be able to learn, grow and thrive at TLC.
Monica Cattano, School Nurse Coordinator from the Wilson Primary Center discussed the Y’s unending involvement and commitment to all aspects of young lives in our community highlighting programs such as the 7th Grade Initiative, the Aftercare Program and the Summit ACHIEVE Community Garden. Berkeley Heights Governor Livingston High School teacher Philip Acosta addressed the group about the committed partnership between Governor Livingston High School and the Y to enrich the lives of special needs students.
Finally, Summit Area YMCA Trustee and TLC Annual Campaign Chair Teresa Mendez expressed the impact that the Y had on her personal life when she became a TLC volunteer 10 years ago and the many ways the Y continues to help people close to her. Mendez’s neighbor, a single mom, was able to receive financial assistance from the Y enabling her young son to attend TLC and receive much-needed services for his speech difficulties. Mendez went on to discuss her recent battle with cancer and how the Y became her lifeline in her fight, providing her with emotional support and giving her the need to be part of something meaningful: “It is more than financial assistance that you all are giving, you are changing people’s lives by opening new doors and opportunities, the same doors you and I walk freely through every day!”
The Y has already received over $213,000 in commitments, the majority of which were donated by Y staff and Board of Trustee members who are passionate about the Y’s community impact. Thank you to those who have enriched the lives of members of our community through your investment in the Y with a gift to the Annual Campaign. We hope you will renew your support and encourage others to invest in the Summit area community with a gift this year to the Annual Campaign. Please visit our website at www.theSAY.org/give for more information.
To learn more about the Summit Area YMCA and the many programs we offer, please visit www.thesay.org
About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org/give.