The Rotary Club of Livingston Foundation celebrated both organizational and personal contributions to the local community through service and citizenship at their annual dinner. Rotary leadership presented the Annual New Jersey Citizenship Award to the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges and recognized Michael and Peter Schofel of the Eastman Companies with the Annual Community Service Award. Both the leadership of the Y and Schofel brothers were honored for embodying the Rotary motto of “Service above Self” for their commitment to making the community stronger. Pictures left to right: Rick Gorab, Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges President and CEO; Marcia Meehan, South Mountain YMCA Executive; Bob Kahle, Fairview Lake YMCA Executive; Jennifer Gardner, Sussex County YMCA Executive; Helen Flores, West Essex YMCA Executive; Larry Lev, Sr. VP and COO; Lou LaSalle, 2012 New Jersey Citizenship Award recipient and Vice President-External Affairs at Saint Barnabas Health Care System; David Thwaits, Rotary Club of Livingston; Bunnie Ratner, 2012 Community Service Award recipient; Allan Feid, Jr., Rotary Club of Livingston; Peter Schofel, Managing Partner, Eastman Companies; Tony Ceresoli, Wayne YMCA Executive; Michael Schofel, Community Service Award and Ernest Bryant, East Orange YMCA Executive.
YMCAs in New Jersey have a vision of a world free of child sexual abuse. A world in which all children are loved, protected, nurtured and able to grow up healthy.
According to experts, one in 10 children - or 400,000 each year - will experience child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. To educate adults in the community how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, including the Metro YMCA, have joined forces with Darkness to Light, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and creators of the awardwinning Stewards of Children™ child sexual abuse prevention curriculum. Read Full Story >
A morning rain could not dampen the spirits of the 150 golfers and volunteers who gathered at the Montclair Golf Club with 2 goals in mind: a challenging day of golf and a great cause, sending kids to camp. A YMCA experience can help a child to learn more about themselves, develop independence, and foster their leadership skills.
Last summer, 3400 children had were campers in the Metropolitan YMCA summer camp programs. This year’s outing raised over $90,000 to ensure even more kids have this opportunity, and in the past 19 years have provided over $1.2 million dollars in support. This is certainly an accomplishment that takes a dedicated base of sponsors and participants, especially the presenting sponsor Eastman Companies, and tournament sponsors, St. Barnabas Health, Precor and the McMullen Foundation. Read Full Story >
In an effort to help address high school readiness and high school drop out rates, the South Mountain YMCA is introducing the WE ARE READY program specifically geared toward 7th and 8th Graders. Learn what it means to be “high school ready”. Strengthen study skills and organization habits. Explore post high school options - College and Read Full Story >
The East Orange YMCA, America's Grow-a-Row and Rutgers University College of Nursing have partnered together in a pilot program that includes an America's Grow-A-Row Free Farm Market, youth days at the actual farm and a health impact study. Y families pick fresh fruits and vegetables at the Y, kids get to experience a day at the farm harvesting fresh produce, participate in brief nutrition classes, take questionaires, and more. We're very excited to share this healthy living program with our community.
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