Maplewood philanthropist receives Metro YMCA award for social responsibility

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — What longtime Maplewood resident Tom Kerns remembers keenly from the four months his wife underwent radical spinal surgery and rehabilitation in 2006 is the outpouring of support from the community. People they knew — and many they didn’t — offered to make meals, drive their daughters to activities and do whatever else […]

S. Mtn. YMCA hosts Healthy Kids Day

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Families are invited to the South Mountain YMCA on Saturday, April 21, for Healthy Kids Day, a free, fun-packed event to inspire children and their parents to engage their bodies and minds all summer long. From noon to 3 p.m., guests can tackle both a climbing wall and fitness obstacle course, and […]

YMCA celebrates multitude of donations

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In just six weeks, staff and members at the seven Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges branches raised 70 percent of the organization’s $1,125,000 annual campaign goal. “This achievement is a testament to our staff and members’ commitment to their communities through our mission of promoting healthy living, youth development and social responsibility,” […]

Metro YMCA ranks in top 4 percent of U.S. nonprofits

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges for a seventh straight year received the top rating from the largest charity evaluator in the United States for its strong financial health and commitment to transparency and accountability. “Only 4 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations, […]

S. Mtn. YMCA launches 2018 annual campaign

EAST HANOVER, NJ — The South Mountain YMCA launched its 2018 superhero-themed annual campaign Monday, Jan. 22, and the $175,000 goal is already a third of the way to being met. The South Mountain YMCA kicked off the campaign at the whimsical “Calling All Superheroes” event, which brought together all seven branches of the Metropolitan […]

South Mountain YMCA superheroes kick off fundraising campaign

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Mountain YMCA’s supporters, members and staff will assemble Monday, Jan. 22, to kick off “Calling All Superheroes,” this year’s campaign to raise $175,000 to address pressing community concerns and open access to services for those who cannot afford it. “You don’t need to wear a cape to be a superhero. […]

South Mountain Y aims to keep you busy this winter

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Mountain YMCA is making it easy and fun for children and adults to stay active and engaged throughout the winter, offering dozens of programs in sports, the arts and enrichment classes. Registration is under way for the Winter 1 session, which starts Jan. 6 and runs through March 2. Here […]

South Mountain Y’s ‘Camps for a Cause’ is huge success

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Mountain YMCA’s first ever “Camps for a Cause” campaign has been a great success. Each camper was given a mission envelope, along with directions and an iron-on patch. They were involved in activities and introduced to books related to helping others and being kind. The donations are still being counted […]