Basic Needs for Families


We were able to supply close to 100 families in our East Orange Y community with a week’s worth of diapers during a drive in May, and the West Essex Y collected more than 1,200 diapers this spring at its Peanut Shell Early Childhood Learning Center for local Livingston partner organization, Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Peanut Shell continues its drive in June.

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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.

This community of men have weathered a number of storms during their stay with us including a nine-day shutdown with no electric or hot water during Superstorm Sandy and a broken pipe in 2016 that forced the Y to relocate them for a week while the Y undertook significant repairs to all four floors of building.

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"It is so heartwarming to see the community come together in times of crises to ensure that families in need are able to receive basic necessities during these challenging times.” -Washima Redding, East Orange Y Executive Director.

How You Can Help

For people experiencing food insecurity, stressful times can make locating healthy, consistent food a huge burden. You can help to implement these critical feeding programs so that all people can adhere to public health safety guidelines and remain resilient in this moment and beyond.


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