South Mountain YMCA welcomes new youth sports dynamic duo

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Jason Kelly, aka Coach Kelly, has been named the new director of youth sports and wellness at South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood. After playing football in college, Kelly pursued his passion for sports and wellness through a career coaching college football, while simultaneously earning his master’s degree in athletic administration from Springfield […]

S. Mtn. YMCA honors 8th-grader

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A trip to Manhattan with the South Mountain YMCA shaped Daniel Goldsmith’s life. “As we headed toward Bryant Park, I saw a homeless man lying under some scaffolding, and I remember he had a sign saying ‘Please give me money … I am starving,’” Goldsmith said. The experience moved Goldsmith to action. […]

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 […]