TGFYMCA 2019 Annual Support Campaign

(above) YMCA launched its Annual Campaign to support community needs.

The Gateway Family YMCA Launches 2019 Annual Support Campaign

The Gateway Family YMCA announced the launch of their 2019 Annual Support Campaign with a goal of raising $575,000 by May to support financial assistance to those in need in the local community. Annual Campaign donations help to ensure that everyone has access to vital programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Every day, The Gateway Family YMCA works to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing unique challenges within the community. The Gateway Family YMCA uses financial gifts to help individuals and families in need participate in programs such as Early Learning Readiness (school readiness), Diabetes Education (chronic disease prevention), employment skills training, teen leadership programs, supportive housing and social services in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union. Last year, The Gateway Family YMCA provided over $600,000 in financial assistance for membership, programs and services to the communities served in Northern Middlesex County and Eastern Union County.

“Because of the Y, millions of people develop the skills and relationships they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure – helping to build equity in communities across the country,” stated Joseph Venezia, Leadership Council Chairperson. “When you donate to The Gateway Family YMCA, you’re supporting programs and services that help strengthen our local community.”

As one of America’s most impactful nonprofits, the Y works to close the opportunity gap in communities nationwide. The Y is the leading childcare provider in the country, a provider of hundreds of educational, health, social and economic programs and one of the last community spaces left in our neighborhoods.

Serving the community since 1900, The Gateway Family YMCA helps individuals and families build and maintain healthy habits for spirit, mind and body in their everyday lives, and children discover who they are and what they can achieve under the guidance of caring adults who believe in their potential. With a mission of serving all, the Y brings together people from all backgrounds to provide leadership and learning, volunteerism and housing, and a spirit of service working together to improve the local community.

“At our core, the Y is about helping individuals reach their full potential. From safe spaces to academic achievement to family well-being and more, when you donate to the Y, you’re giving those in need the opportunity to thrive,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO. “Every day, our community faces new challenges that create a greater need for the work we do. YMCA donors and volunteers make the difference in the communities we serve.”

“From early learning and after school care to chronic disease prevention and adult social day services, water safety and summer camp to housing and support groups, the Y’s programs and services help ensure everyone can reach their full potential,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO. “The Y is a place for anyone who needs us, but we can’t do it without the help of our local donors and volunteers. We rely on community donations to enable us to continue to provide the programs and services necessary for all.”

The Gateway Family YMCA, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. All donations to the Annual Campaign are tax-deductible.

To find out how to get involved and support The Gateway Family YMCA’s cause, visit or contact the Elizabeth Branch 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch 732-388-0057, Wellness Center Branch 908-349-9622 or WISE Center Branch 908-687-2995.

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