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Elizabeth Branch Announces Membership Engagement Director

The Gateway Family YMCA Elizabeth Branch welcomes Michael Brown, Membership Engagement Director.

Elizabeth, NJ, January 31, 2014 --( The Gateway Family YMCA – Elizabeth Branch has announced the promotion of Michael Brown to Membership Engagement Director of the branch, located at 135 Madison Avenue in Elizabeth, NJ. Mike joined The Gateway Family YMCA team in 2012 as the Youth & Teen Coordinator. “I am excited to have Mike as our Membership Engagement Director because he’s very community oriented. I think his real strength will be that he’s interested in building programs and services that will extend our position as a hub of community activity, particularly for families. He’s also very passionate about getting our members involved in our commitment to social responsibility,” stated Bill Butler, Associate Executive Director.

2013 was an exciting year for the Elizabeth Branch, with the completion of an $8 million renovation project, providing handicap accessibility, complete building renovations and upgrades including multiple Health and Wellness Centers, new equipment, free member wifi and expanded and renovated residence facilities. In an unprecedented move, joiner’s fees were lowered throughout the Association. One of Mike’s first duties in this new role was to announce the Elizabeth Branch’s lower rates for 2014. “As a mission and community based organization, we are working to give back to our members by lowering our rates. The lower rates will allow us to help more people achieve their goals of healthy living,” stated Michael Brown, Membership Engagement Director for The Gateway Family YMCA – Elizabeth Branch.

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, The Gateway Family YMCA seeks to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Membership to the Elizabeth Branch provides access to a state of the art Health & Wellness Facility, located at 135 Madison Avenue in Elizabeth, includes a wellness orientation and many programs. In addition, members of the Elizabeth Branch are provided access to all 4 branches of The Gateway Family YMCA, located in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union.

Throughout Elizabeth and the surrounding communities, The Gateway Family YMCA provides lasting change and community impact. In addition to child care, summer camp, programs and membership, the Elizabeth Branch offers extensive housing and social services programs to support individuals in need of a safe environment, with opportunities to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The Y provides programs and services for all members of the family, including group exercise, family programs, Diabetes Prevention, and Early Learning Readiness - a free preschool age caregiver/child program. The Gateway Family YMCA is more than a gym. It’s a cause.

The Gateway Family YMCA, formerly The YMCA of Eastern Union County, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.

For more information about community programs and services provided by The Gateway Family YMCA – Elizabeth Branch, please visit or contact the Elizabeth Branch at or 908-355-9622.
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