Annual Support Campaign

TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE A BETTER US

The Y utilizes your generous gift to enrich the common good of our local community. The funds raised through the Annual Support Campaign makes a meaningful and enduring impact right in our own neighborhood. No matter how much you give, it plays a vital part in helping us to help those in need. 

$1,000 enables the children of five families in need can participate in our School age Childcare Programs for one month. 

$500 allows six families to live a healthier lifestyle through access to our state-of-the-art for one month. 

$350 trains a teen to be a lifeguard to help keep all our members safe in the pool.

$250 sends a child in need to one week of Summer Camp. 

$100 one child will get a full session of life-saving swim lessons.

$75 gives one adult a full session of our disease management/prevention programs.

$50 subsidizes our Senior Group X exercise classes.

 Distribution of Annual Support Funds

 

MY Y STORIES

 

Meadowlands YMCA Member, Carl D. 

The Meadowlands YMCA has the ability to positively impact the health and well-being of the Bergen County community.

Y member Carl D. is living proof that the YMCA changes lives. We saved his. Diabetic and hypertensive at age 48, Carl led a sedentary lifestyle until he joined the Y when it first opened in May 2017. He struggled to walk on the treadmill for only a few minutes at a time, and could only swim in the pool for about a half hour. “I knew I had to set a better example for my kids,” says Carl, a father of three. “There’s no reason not to move. You find the time.”

Carl enjoyed his exercise routine at the Y, swimming and walking nearly every day. He encouraged his wife and children to join him. Then he got sick.

“I went to work and made it through the day. The last thing I remember was getting home. My wife said I collapsed and was unresponsive. I woke up a day and a half later in the hospital. “My doctor told me the only reason I left the hospital alive was because of all the cardio work I had been doing for the past year,” Carl said. “I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t started exercising.”

Carl’s is just one of many stories of how the Y positively impacts the lives of the people in our community. As a key part of our mission, the Meadowlands YMCA subsidizes programs for chronic disease prevention and management as well as provides financial assistance to children and their families, so no one is turned away because of a lack of ability to pay.

“The YMCA literally saved my life,” Carl says. “I walk four miles every day now, and swim for at least an hour,” Carl says. “And my son Cal, 13, has special needs. He’s been much more social since we joined the Y,” Carl said. “The Y not only saved my life, but it brought us closer together as a family.” We want to ensure that our vital programs and services remain affordable and accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Please consider making a donation to the Meadowlands YMCA this holiday season. Your generosity could save a life.