Greater Somerset County YMCA Nears Fundraising Goal

July 17, 2020

Basking Ridge, N.J. – July 17, 2020 – As of July 16, Greater Somerset County YMCA was nearing its 2020 fundraising goal of $1,150,000. With a gap to goal of $30,000, the Y seeks community support for its Annual Campaign. At the time of the campaign kickoff on February 5, few could have imagined the challenges that would face the community and the Y in the impending weeks and months. Despite having to temporarily close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization’s mission continued, namely to strengthen community and ensure everyone has the support and resources needed to thrive.   

In the face of the unprecedented challenges related to the health crisis, Greater Somerset County YMCA worked to quickly address urgent community needs and the impact has been profound. With a focus on serving the most vulnerable populations, the Y supported 80 children of essential workers through emergency child care; combatted food insecurity by collaborating with volunteers and local organization to provide over 568,000 meals to hungry neighbors and collected over 6,700 pounds of food for local food banks; provided professional guidance and resources to over 180 individuals struggling with unemployment; connected with over 2,300 senior citizen and cancer patients to mitigate feelings of social isolation; offered more than 1,000 virtual and live fitness classes for anyone in the community to stay healthy in spirit, mind and body; and, much more.

“Responding to community needs is ingrained in the Y’s mission and history. It’s who we are and what we do. If there were ever a time for the Y to be viewed as more than a ‘swim and gym’, the time is now,” commented Greater Somerset County YMCA President and CEO David M. Carcieri. “We are so grateful, particularly now, for our devoted donors, volunteers, members, partners and staff. Their generous spirit and charitable support fuels our mission work and transforms the lives of neighbors.”

Greater Somerset County YMCA Board of Directors Member and Chair of the Annual Campaign Ana Duarte-McCarthy said, “While we continue to live during an unprecedented time filled with uncertainty, one thing has been constant, the Y’s continuity of service. I am proud of the impact the Y is making, grateful for the selflessness of Y volunteers supporting neighbors in need, and humbled by the generosity of our donors in supporting the Y’s mission. The Y is the heart of the community.”

John McManus, Chair of Greater Somerset County YMCA’s Board of Directors, added: “When a benefactor’s gift first arrives at the Y, it is not long before it is directed and then deployed for those in need. During times of strife, communities count on and experience a sense of comfort and relief by the sustained and abiding charitable outreach of the YMCA. As board members therefore, our responsibility is to consistently demonstrate to the community that, to fulfill our mission within the community, we must first ensure the viability of the Y that serves this community. Each and every day, even in the most challenging periods, Greater Somerset County YMCA stands as an unwavering institution recognized for over 140 years of community service. Financial commitments made by the individuals and families in our community represent the cornerstone from which all others rely upon to the build and advance our service commitment.”

During significant financial or health crises, charitable institutions that are on the front line, like the Y, are often vulnerable. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y has demonstrated its commitment to preserving the organization and serving the critical needs of the community. Now more than ever, donations will help maintain the financial resources needed to sustain Greater Somerset County YMCA, and ensure the Y can continue its mission work, now and in the future.

An essential healthcare worker, Nancy, shared how important the Y has been to her family particularly during the health crisis. “As a single mom working in the medical field, I nearly lost my job when COVID-19 hit because I didn’t have a child care option. When I learned of the Y’s emergency child care, I knew it was the place and people I could trust to take care of my daughter. The Y also provided us with food donations to keep us going during this time, which has been a huge blessing and relief for us! Without the support of the Y, there is honestly no way we could keep going. I am so beyond grateful.” 

One hundred percent of the funds raised through the Y’s Annual Campaign go directly back to the community in the form of financial assistance for programs like child care and summer camp, as well as mission-based services that meet community needs such as programs for cancer patients, for individuals with special needs and for individuals who are unemployed, among others.

The Y provided over $1.7 million in program support and direct financial assistance to qualifying individuals and families in 2019. As community needs continue to grow, the Y has steadily worked to close the gap between the need and funds raised. Every year the need for financial assistance is greater than the amount raised through the Y’s Annual Campaign. Greater Somerset County YMCA recognizes there is more to be done to help those in the community who need it most.

For more information about the Y’s Annual Campaign or to make a gift, contact Kelly Castro, Chief Philanthropy Officer, at kcastro@gscymca.org or 908-630-3535 x100 or visit www.gscymca.org/give.

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About Greater Somerset County YMCA
The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At Greater Somerset County YMCA, we believe everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For information about Greater Somerset County YMCA and financial assistance, visit us at www.gscymca.org.
 

Greater Somerset County YMCA President and CEO David Carcieri with emergency food boxes that were given to those in the community struggling to afford food.

garden with small plants

Somerville YMCA's Giving Garden.

people flying a kite

Outdoor activities at Hillsborough YMCA's Emergency Child Care.


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