Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the YMCA

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Join the Y to Make a Difference

The New Year is a time to focus on positive change and forward movement. While many make individual New Year’s resolutions, The Gateway Family YMCA is encouraging the community to come together and support all in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 17th.

For many years, the MLK Day of Service has encouraged individuals to volunteer their time to improve their communities. This year, The Gateway Family YMCA is encouraging everyone to use this day as a call to action to get involved to make our communities better. From January 1st – January 17th, The Gateway Family YMCA’s TOGETHERHOOD® volunteer program is collecting toiletries, canned and non-perishable food at the Elizabeth Branch, 135 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth, Five Points Branch, 201 Tucker Avenue, Union, Rahway Branch, 1564 Irving Street, Rahway and the Wellness Center Branch, 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union. For those wishing to donate online, The Gateway Family YMCA Charity Wish List is on Amazon Smile:  

“We hope to make this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a meaningful and positive day for our community,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “We’re grateful for every one of our Y volunteers and the commitment they have to our community and our YMCA residents.”

Volunteering keeps relationships, both personal and community focused, strong and positive. Just one hour a week can make a major impact on neighbors and communities in need. Additionally, volunteering may even help individuals achieve goals, provide the ability to meet new people, try something new, and gain confidence and skills that can be applied to your personal life. The Gateway Family YMCA offers opportunities for individuals to come together and give back.

“Our Y relies on volunteers to support our programs, service projects, residents and community. Our volunteers and community donors provide the much needed support to ensure that the YMCA is here and open for all,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “Through our Annual Support Campaign donations individuals provide financial support to assist YMCA Financial Assistance and Membership For All. Our Volunteers give their time, which is also so very valuable.”

The Y’s TOGETHERHOOD® program volunteers help provide food for the hungry, clean local parks and pathways, create inter-generational opportunities to share and support emergency housing programs. Volunteer campaigners also assist the YMCA in raising donations for the Annual Support Campaign, directly impacting the community with financial assistance.     

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. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.  The Y. ™ For a better us.™

To learn more about The Gateway Family YMCA’s service projects or TOGETHERHOOD® program, or call the Rahway Branch 732-388-0057, Elizabeth Branch 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Wellness Center Branch and WISE Center Branch 908-349-9622 or the Youth Development Branch 908-355-3061.

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