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Community Makes the Y Stronger

While our mission is clearly to make the community stronger through our three areas of focus, there was a remarkable event in our East Orange Branch last week…The community made the Y stronger. The 60 Children in the Abbot Pre-school program and over 150 children in the SACC program receive federally subsidized meals through the City of East Orange, MORE >


Seniors Exercise for Better Balance

Jackie Bauer exercising at the West Essex YMCA. Eight years after fracturing her hip in a fall, Jackie Bauer still feels uneasy getting around even though she is an active senior. “Once you fall, a danger sign goes up. I’m still a little nervous about certain movements. It took away my confidence,’’ said the 76-year-old MORE >


Introduction of Tablets Creates More Family TIme

With an eye toward freeing up family time, the South Mountain YMCA will begin using Kindle Fire tablets at its after-school programs so schoolchildren can complete their web-based homework before going home. “Helping students complete their online math and literacy assignments will remove the stress of having to get homework done during family MORE >


'Delay the Disease' Fitness Program helps Wayne YMCA Members with Parkinson's Live Better

Volunteer Juliette Sciavolino working with Harold Moroch. Jean LaVorgna, 66, and 82-year-old Don Fornuto sit facing each other playing tug of war with a Pilates ring, smiling as they attend to the serious business of combating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. LaVorgna and Fornuto are among a dozen people with the neurological disorder MORE >


Metro YMCA Honored Volunteers, Staff Who Shined in 2013

South Mountain YMCA Named 2013 Branch of the Year Developing strong community collaborations amplified the South Mountain YMCA’s efforts to fulfill its mission, earning it top recognition among the six branches of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. The naming of the South Mountain YMCA as 2013 Branch of the Year was one of 10 awards Metro YMCA MORE >


Healthy U Partnership

Healthy U is a collaborative partnership between the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey with the goal of combating childhood obesity through nutrition education, physical education and family involvement. The Healthy U program uses the CATCH (coordinated approach to child health) curriculum to promote physical MORE >


Longtime Wayne YMCA Staffer Promoted to Associate Executive Director

Joyce Goldberg Fein, a veteran of the Wayne YMCA leadership team, has been promoted to the organization’s second-in-command. “My goal is to continue creating a cohesive staff team and educating the community about the benefits of the Y and what we do to strengthen the community,’’ said Fein, named associate executive director last MORE >


South Mountain Y Summer Campers Become Budding Scientists

Campers at the South Mountain YMCA this summer will discover how quicksand is both a solid and a liquid by making batches of gooey Dr. Seuss-inspired Oobleck. They’ll perfect their own recipes for bubbles and figure out what makes the soapy spheres shimmer in the sunlight. They’ll sink their hands in soil while learning how plants grow. MORE >


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