Hamilton Area YMCA Annual Campaign
Over the last 70 years, the Y has transformed from a small organization providing programming, summer camp and child care at sites including schools and churches to an organization of nearly 12,000 members (pre-pandemic).
Heading into its 70th year the Hamilton Area YMCA faced its most daunting transformation to date with the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the pandemic dramatically impacting the organization and forcing their doors closed, their service to the community never ended. The Y mobilized:
• Child care for first-responders and essential workers and children in hybrid and remote school programs
• Hosted blood drives to combat the critically low blood supplies at local hospitals
• Held food drives to stem the increase in food insecurity
In addition to pandemic response programs, the Y is continuing to offer programs that enrich our community and focus on diversity and inclusion, social and racial equity, environmental stewardship, Diverse Abilities and Heathy Living:
A Transformative Summer Camp Experience
Summer camp is a time for fun and relaxation, but it is also a time for self-esteem and skill building. Now more than ever, camp is vital for a safe, healthy screen-less return to normal childhood experiences . Each summer campers embark on a journey of self-discovery while making friendships that will last a lifetime.
Life-Saving Swim Lessons
In a typical year the Y teaches nearly 3,000 youth, children and adults the live-saving skill of knowing how to swim. In recent years, we have partnered with local businesses in the Bromley Neighborhood and with the John O. Wilson Neighborhood Center to reach low-income communities to provide swim lessons and camp opportunities for nearly 100 children. In addition, we have provided 125 scholarships for Diverse Abilities swim lessons.
The work of the Hamilton Area YMCA focuses on three specific areas of need for our community: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Working with a variety of partners across Central New Jersey, we provide essential programs and services that build strong, confident kids; healthy, active adults; and thriving communities. Many of our mission programs are offered at low or no cost to the community. These include: the Kuser Recess Program, Healthy Living and Diverse Abilities Programs. Click here to learn more.
We know that the Individuals, children and families who need us most often are those with limited financial resources. Each year we offer over $500,000 through our Financial Assistance Program and subsidized programming to ensure:
• Children have somewhere safe to go while their parents are working
• Children, youth and adults learn the life saving skill of swimming
• Children benefit from a transformative camp experience
• Individuals with diverse abilities have a place where programs geared toward their needs promote peer and family interaction in a fun, healthy, and safe environment
• Those living with chronic diseases have a place to find empowerment and support through thier journey
• Individuals, families and children know their community cares about their future
Your gift makes these programs possible.