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2,200 YMCA kids simultaneously take the 'Big Cruch' into apples

More than 2,200 children in the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges after-school programs who crunched into sweet apples simultaneously at the Big Apple Crunch on Oct. 24 to celebrate Food Day 2014. The children and staff recommitted themselves to healthy habits they’ve learned through the Healthy U initiative. Healthy U is a program created in 2008 by 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 >


Keeping Kids Safe With YMCA SPLASH

Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under fourteen.1 We believe all children should know how to swim and be safe in and around water at all times. That’s especially true in New Jersey with the many lakes, rivers, oceans and reservoirs. Learning to swim is a critical safety skill for any child living near water. MORE >


Metro YMCA Achieves Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating for the Third Year

On December 1, 2013 Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges received Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for the third year in a row. The 4-star rating, Charity Navigator’s highest, is given to nonprofits that practice exceptional fiscal responsibility and governance in fulfilling their mission. "We are honored to receive Charity MORE >


Wayne YMCA Welcomes New Leader

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has named longtime Y leader Justin Ihne the executive director of the Wayne YMCA. “The Wayne YMCA is impacting the community is so many positive ways and it’s exciting for me to be a part of that momentum,” said Ihne, who most recently served as CEO of the Northern Berkshire YMCA in Massachusetts. MORE >


Whole Foods Proceeds Day: Great Success!

October 13, 2014- The Whole Foods Market’s 5% Proceeds Day that benefited nine New Jersey YMCAs was a great success! Proceeds totaled $42,096 of which $4,500 was received by the West Essex YMCA to benefit its YMCA Financial Assistance Fund and Community Outreach Programs. “The New Jersey YMCA State Alliance is comprised of 41 corporate YMCA 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 >


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 >


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