YMCA Celebrates Year of Aid
The organization assisted many who could not afford the program on their own.
The Somerset Valley YMCA, with a branch in Bridgewater, has provided more than $450,000 in financial aid and in-kind assistance throughout 2011, according to a release from the organization.
Throughout the year, according to the release, the YMCA used funds contributed from donors to aid individuals and families in need who wanted to participate in child care, summer camp, wellness programs and other organizations. Financial assistance was also offered to those in need, according to the release.
In addition, according to the release, the YMCA provide opportunities for community groups to meet at the three branches—Bridgewater, Somerville and Hillsborough—including Girl Scout troops, local churches and Special Olympics.
"This core of social responsiblity is one that supports our YMCA mission of always being there for our community," said Paul Kieltyka, CEO of the YMCA, in the release. "In these tough economic times, we are making a dramatic impact on the community through the money we raise. It is imperative that our organization continue to be the focus in Somerset County for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility."
According to the release, in 2011:
- The Somerset Valley YMCA received a record amount of $169,000 from donors for the Strong Kids Campaign, a charity in Somerset County that benefits youth by subsidizing memberships and programs to allow kids to learn, grow and develop social skills.
- The YMCA gave more than $225,000 in financial assistance to more than 115 families, children, seniors and adults for membership, daycare, aquatics and other programs.
- The YMCA contributed more than $250,000 in subsidies and in-kind services to members and non-members to allow for services and programs to be available to all who needed them.
"We all need the Y because our organization works every day to nurture the potential of kids, improve health and well-being and help neighbors support one another," Kieltyka said in the release. "We want more people to understand that we are more than where to go to exercise or swim. I can attest that our staff and programs provide positive change and impact for all."
The YMCA is continuing with its efforts to help those in need in 2012. In February, the YMCA will begin its annual Strong Kids Campaign to hopefully raise $250,000, according to the release.
"When you give to the Y, you help to strengthen our community and move us all forward," Kieltyka said in the release. "Our donors made it possible for us to make a meaningful impact in the lives of children and families in our community. We look forward to doing the same—and more—in 2012."