The Summit YMCA Togetherhood® program hosted their 1st annual Holiday Cookie Walk Bake Sale on December 8 with over 2000 cookies donated by 34 Summit Y volunteers. Patrons had their choice of two different size boxes and were offered free wrapping with decorative holiday ribbon free of charge. With the help of over 20 volunteers this event sold out in under 3 hours. The events proceeds were raised to benefit the Togetherhood® program, a Summit Area YMCA volunteer-led initiative that allows members to actively engage in social service projects that strengthen community in a positive way.
The money raised will help us run programs that will benefit our community in 2019. In 2018 we provided,
• Monthly senior spa at the senior center- volunteers provide free manicures & friendship to Seniors who don’t have the ability to go on their own
• Send volunteers to SHIP 6x/year- Help cook and serve food to those in need of a meal
• Family Dinner project- Provided program to 15 families to learn how to better improve quality of family dinner time together
• Senior Center Valentines Party- Provided food and entertainment for Seniors at Vito Gallo Senior housing
• Pet Supply drive for Saint Hubert’s
"We drove all the way from Bayonne--this is an amazing cookie walk!" said a participating patron. "We are happy to buy holiday cookies to support your Togetherhood® Program." The Junior League of Summit also posted on their Facebook, "Shout out to the amazing Summit YMCA Togetherhood® committee who crushed the first Holiday Cookie Walk today - sold out in under 3 hours!"
“Supporting the Y’s Togetherhood Program by purchasing cookies during the annual Cookie Walk was a win-win! The cookies were yummy (and practically calorie-free, since I shared them with my co-workers), and knowing that every dollar goes toward supporting a program that gives so much back to the community." said Judi Knott of the Summit Free Public Library. "Big shout out to Togetherhood volunteer Maria Card for spreading the word about the Cookie Walk and this very worthwhile program!”
The Summit Area YMCA is grateful for the continued support and enthusiasm with which the community has never failed to come together to support meaningful programs at the Y. “The Togetherhood® program unites members of our community to participate in positive social change and make an impact on peoples’ lives. The Y facilitates this effort by providing a framework that allows volunteers to act on ideas." said Patty Facchinei, Financial Assistance and Branch Volunteer Coordinator.
For more information on Togetherhood or how to join, visit: www.thesay.org/togetherhood
(P) (908) 273-3330 ext. 1186
(P) (908) 273-3330 ext. 1174
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.