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Metro YMCAs Advancing the Conversation on Race with 5K, Webinar

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges and its African American Network Employee Resource Group invite the community to join the Y for a series of free virtual events during August.  

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 07, 2020

Summer Camp

Y Camp Story: The Show Must Go On

The audience was at home, the actors all wore face masks and stood 6 feet apart. This year’s Creative Theater Camp at the South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood looked a little different, but the shows still went on, all in an effort to ensure campers had the best summer experience possible. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 04, 2020


Metro YMCAs Plans Safe Restart of Swim Lessons

 The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges plans to reopen for adult and child swim lessons on Aug. 1 after a months-long hiatus due to the pandemic. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 30, 2020

Summer Camp

Y Camp Story: Grateful for the Y

I have been amazed and impressed at how organized and coordinated the Y Summer Day Camp program has been running.

By: Sarah R. Wikander | Jul 22, 2020

Social Responsibility

Metro YMCAs Increase Food Access for Thousands of Families During Pandemic

As the health and economic toll of the COVID-19 crisis began to hit our area, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges stepped in to increase food access for people struggling with job loss and other hardships during the pandemic. By teaming with local businesses and agencies, the Metro YMCAs have been able to distribute approximately 158,000 pounds of food, providing relief for more than 7,000 families since April.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 21, 2020

Youth Development

YMCA Offers Virtual Camp and Youth Programs to Fill Summer Schedules

As families shift their summer plans amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers virtual program options to keep kids active and engaged all summer long. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 03, 2020


South Mountain YMCA and SOMA Middle Schools Raising Money for the Community Coalition on Race

South Orange and Maplewood Middle Schools are collaborating with the South Mountain YMCA to inspire students to share their voice while raising money for the Community Coalition on Race.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 03, 2020


Metro YMCAs Plan Safe Reopening of Day Camp and Child Care

Following Governor Murphy’s announcement that New Jersey could begin reopening child care on June 15 and summer camp on July 6, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is set to reopen safely and welcome children back to our child care and summer camp programs.  

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 02, 2020


YMCA Receives 2020 Best of East Orange Award

The East Orange YMCA has been selected for the 2020 Best of East Orange Award in the Youth Organization category by the East Orange Award Program.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 22, 2020

Social Responsibility

Y Story: Caring for Residents in COVID-19 Epicenter

The Greater Bergen County YMCA, a branch of the Metro YMCA of the Oranges, has been providing long-term low cost housing for men for over 90 years. 

By: Glenn MacAfee | Jun 11, 2020


Virtual Duck Race Raises Over $25,000 for YMCA and Community

 For the first time in history, the South Mountain YMCA hosted a Duck Race that called itself virtual despite real rubber ducks, a rushing river, and colorful commentary.

By: News and blog | Jun 10, 2020

Social Responsibility

Y Story: Y Comes to Employee's Rescue During Hardship

While our physical doors may be closed, the YMCA has remained open to serve members of the community facing hardships during the COVID-19 crisis. Those people in the community include Y members, their neighbors, and even Y staff.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 09, 2020


Metro YMCAs Plan Father's Day Virtual 5K and Family Fun Run

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges will hold a Father's Day Weekend Virtual 5K and Family Fun Run, an opportunity for people of all ages to get outside, get active, and engage with their community while also staying safe and practicing social distancing. Run individually, with family, or on a team. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 08, 2020

Our Cause

From Our CEO: The Y Welcomes All

In the midst of combatting the pandemic and its incredibly challenging financial implications, we’ve all witnessed the recent tragic event in Minnesota which has led to national turmoil and unrest. These are heartbreaking and deeply troubling ...

By: Richard K. Gorab | Jun 03, 2020

Healthy Living

Coronavirus Update

The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and taking steps to protect the health and wellness of our staff, members, program participants and community members. We have begun to reopen our ...

By: Greg Albers | Jun 01, 2020