The YMCA of Eastern Union County Supports Military Families

The YMCA of Eastern Union County offers opportunities to help military families during Military Family Month and beyond.

Rahway, NJ, November 07, 2013 --( Military Family Month provides all Americans the opportunity to recognize the dedication, sacrifice and service of military personnel and their families. The YMCA of Eastern Union County recognizes military families this November, and all year round, by bringing families together to have fun, grow, strengthen their relationships and build connections with other families waiting at home.

“The Y encourages everyone to recognize the sacrifices that military members and their families make in service to our country,” said Alane McCahey, Senior Director of Association Communication, YMCA of Eastern Union County. “Residents of Union County can also show support for military personnel by getting involved with the Y or other local organizations that help military families here in our community.”

In support of military families, the YMCA of Eastern Union County offers a free family membership to qualifying Title 10 personnel and their families, through the Military Outreach Initiative. Those currently eligible to participate in the initiative include: All families of joint deployed National Guard and Reserves; Active Duty Independent Duty station personnel (single or family members); Relocated spouses and family members of deployed Active Duty personnel; and Community Based Wounded Warrior Transition Unit personnel and their families. All branches of the YMCA of Eastern Union County in Elizabeth, Union and Rahway participate in this program for the surrounding communities, allowing families to participate in programs that advance youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

First established by the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and recognized by first lady Nancy Reagan in 1993, Military Family Month recognizes the dedication and service of military personnel and their families. On Oct. 30, 2009, President Barack Obama continued this important initiative by proclaiming November as Military Family Month, calling on “all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of our service members and our Nation.”

To learn more about the YMCA of Eastern Union County and its programming that supports military families, please contact the YMCA of Eastern Union County – Elizabeth Branch at, 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch at, 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch at, 908-388-0057, or the Wellness Center Branch at, or visit us at

About the YMCA of Eastern Union County: The YMCA of Eastern Union County is a not-for-profit community service membership organization working to meet the health and social service needs of the children, men and women. Committed to our mission of building healthy lives through programs that strengthen spirits, minds and bodies for people of all ages, religions and cultures, the YMCA serves over 15,000 youth, teens, adults, families and seniors through four branches located in Elizabeth, Union (Five Points) and Rahway. All of our programs are tools the YMCA uses to achieve its vision of strengthening the foundations of community and to reinforce the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Visit our website .

About the ASYMCA
The non-profit Armed Services YMCA is a proud partner organization of the YMCA. The top-rated Armed Services YMCA of the USA makes military life easier by providing social services for young enlisted military and their families- helping nearly 500,000 with the help of 18,000 volunteers nationwide each year. The ASYMCA impacts Military Families with fun events, youth development, healthy living and assistance programs for service members, their families and wounded, injured, and ill. Rather than fitness facilities with traditional dues or membership, the Armed Services YMCA offers programs to active duty and their families at no or low cost. The National Armed Services YMCA Headquarters in Springfield, VA hosts 150 Armed Services YMCA program sites nationwide. There is no charge for dues or membership and the organization is a privately funded charity that does not receive any government funding. We share the same core values of the YMCA of Caring, Respect, Honesty and Responsibility and we focus our efforts toward young enlisted military personnel and their families- those on the frontlines that need it most. If they carry an active ID card, they are considered members of the Armed Services YMCA. Please visit to learn how the YMCA actively partners with the ASYMCA through the YMCA Department of Defense Initiative and other no-cost programs.
YMCA of Eastern Union County
Colleen Clayton