The Ridgewood Y 2016 Annual Appeal Campaign

Give the Gift of Belonging

Why is the Ridgewood YMCA so important to our community? Here is one example:

Four years ago, Jessica was diagnosed with breast cancer. On the advice of her doctor, she joined the Ridgewood Y’s Living Strong, Living Well program and it changed her life: in Jessica’s words:

“I literally could not open up a bottle of water. My right side was that weak. And now, I’m happy to say I can carry the laundry basket by myself, I can carry the cases of water on my own and I feel like I’m myself again, which I didn’t think was ever going to be possible. And without this program, I don’t think it would have been”.

Jessica’s life changing experience is but one of many inspiring stories we hear every day from those who have benefited from our Good Works Programs. These programs serve thousands of people each year who face financial, physical or emotional wellness challenges. Thanks to the generous support of our friends and neighbors like you, we are able to offer many of these Good Works programs without charge.


At the Ridgewood YMCA, we exist to strengthen community. Together with people like you, we nurture the potential of kids, help people understand and improve their health, and provide opportunities to support our friends and neighbors when they need it most.   

Your tax-deductible donation will help to ensure that the Y, a charitable, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, will once again be able to offer these vital community programs again next year.

Youth Development

  • Summer camp and swim program scholarships
  • Peer support, mentoring and autistic therapy programs
  • Employment for special needs students

Health Living

  • “Living Strong, Living Well” fitness program for cancer patients and survivors
  • “Delay the Disease” exercise prog ram for those struggling with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Fellowship and fitness therapy programs for senior citizens and adults with autism

Social Responsibility

  • Financial support for YMCA family memberships and programs
  • Scholarships for families of deployed military personnel
  • Volunteer opportunities for youth and adults



Here are a few examples of how your gift can make a difference today: 

$50 allows a child to gain confidence and self-esteem by participating in a sports, dance or arts class
$100 teaches a child to swim and to be water safe
$250 provides six months of peer support for 2 children experiencing a painful family divorce
$500 matches 5 children with mentors to provide guidance, friendship and encouragement
$1000 fosters independence and teaches new skills to 5 children at a week of summer camp
$1500 helps 6 cancer patients lessen the effects of their chemotherapy through fitness and exercise
$2500 provides 10 seniors on fixed incomes the opportunity for social interaction through annual swim memberships.
$5000 allows 8 familes in need to lead healthier, happier lives with annual memberships at the Y
$10,000 allows 4 underprivileged children to discover their full potential at an entire summer of camp




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