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The Gateway Family YMCA Seeks Assistance for Annual Support Campaign

YMCA Annual Campaign Supports Community Needs

Elizabeth, NJ, December 28, 2019 --( As 2019 comes to a close, The Gateway Family YMCA is asking community support to close the fundraising gap for their 2019 Annual Support Campaign. With a goal of raising $27,000 during December to support financial assistance to those in need in the local community, The Gateway Family YMCA is working with donors, members, staff and community partners to raise awareness. Annual Campaign donations help to ensure that everyone has access to vital programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, as well as emergency housing, child care and adult social day services. Donations can be made online at or in any branch in Elizabeth, Rahway or Union.

“Each year we raise the charitable funds needed to continue our vital work in the local communities we serve. We believe everyone deserves the same opportunities to reach their full potential. Motivating people to build a healthy spirit, mind and body is at the core of our mission,” stated Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “YMCA donors and volunteers make the difference in the communities we serve. They are our partners in this important work.”

The Gateway Family YMCA uses financial gifts to help individuals and families in need participate in programs such as Early Learning Readiness – for school readiness, Diabetes Education - chronic disease prevention, employment skills training, teen leadership programs, supportive housing and social services. Donations support the Safety Around Water program to assist local organizations and community children to learn water safety and swim lesson scholarships to assist additional children learn to swim.

Serving the community since 1900, The Gateway Family YMCA helps individuals and families build and maintain healthy habits for spirit, mind and body in their everyday lives, and children discover who they are and what they can achieve under the guidance of caring adults who believe in their potential. With a mission of serving all, the Y brings together people from all backgrounds to provide leadership and learning, volunteerism and housing, and a spirit of service working together to improve the local community.

“The Y is a place for anyone who needs us, but we can’t do it without the help of our local donors and volunteers. We rely on community donations to enable us to continue to provide the programs and services necessary for all,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO, The Gateway Family YMCA.

The Gateway Family YMCA, 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.

To find out how to get involved and support The Gateway Family YMCA’s cause, visit or contact the Elizabeth Branch 908-355-9622, Five Points Branch 908-688-9622, Rahway Branch 732-388-0057, Wellness Center Branch 908-349-9622 or WISE Center Branch 908-687-2995.
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