Volunteer Spirit Awards


Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Their contributions enrich lives and make it possible to offer programs and services that otherwise would not exist.

Each year, Greater Somerset County YMCA hosts the Volunteer Spirit Awards to honor Y volunteers who have inspired us by giving of themselves to benefit the Y and its members. You are encouraged to nominate volunteers - either yourself or another Y volunteer - for one of the award categories listed below. Nominations open in January and are due in March.

Nominees must meet most or all of the following criteria:

  • Spirit enhances the Greater Somerset County YMCA
  • Impacts and helps foster the Y’s mission, goals and objectives
  • Demonstrates exceptional commitment, service, creativity, cooperation or leadership
  • Serves as a role model for others
  • Exemplifies caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
  • Has been committed to volunteer efforts for a significant length of time


2019 Award Recipients

Award Category




 David Islinger

 Greater Somerset County YMCA

 Board Leadership

 Mark Irwin

 Greater Somerset County YMCA


 Gary and Kelly Ward

 Bridgewater and Hillsborough YMCAs


 Financial Assistance Committee Members

 Bridgewater and Somerville YMCAs


 Steve Soisson

 Hillsborough YMCA

 Lifetime Achievement

 Peter Olsen

 Greater Somerset County YMCA

 Living Our Cause

 Greg Toombs

 Somerset Hills YMCA


 Sue Ellen Holleman

 Somerset Hills and Somerville YMCAs

 Ray of Light

 Anjali Gadre

 Somerville YMCA


 James Pruskowski

 Somerset Hills YMCA


 Olivia Perkins

 Somerville YMCA


 Tapasya Nangpal

 Hillsborough YMCA