Togetherhood® is the YMCA’s signature program in the area of Social Responsibility. This program provides members and community with rewarding opportunities to give back and support our neighbors through volunteer projects that address real need to others.

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Togetherhood® events planned for 2020 have expanded to support most urgent community needs including blood donations, food drives, baby pantries, emergency child care, wellness check-ins for seniors, COVID-19 testing, and more. We are grateful to our volunteers and sustaining members who have helped to give back at this most critical time of need for many. Here’s how your support of the Y has impacted the lives of individuals, children and families in our community. Thank you!

Read our October newsletter and join us in support of these upcoming Togetherhood® events:

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Support Through The Y

Through volunteers and giving hearts we’ve been able to sustain ongoing food distribution stations, a Baby Panty and blood drives to support children and families who need us most. When we come together anything can be accomplished. Join us as a Togetherhood® Volunteer as we aid our community during this tough time.

Help The Y Support Food Security

Food and supplies collections and distribution of crisis boxes to communities in need. Your support of food and supplies drives, and food distribution of crisis boxes to communities in need benefits food bank partners like Fulfill and Lunch Break. E-mail giving@ymcanj.org to sign up.

“DROP & GO” AT Y LOCATIONS

> Freehold Family YMCA | TBD
Food drive needs: Baby diapers and wipes, baby formula, feminine hygiene products, soap and shampoo to benefit Fulfill.

> Red Bank Family YMCA | TBD
Food drive needs: White pasta, oatmeal packets, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned tuna, peanut butter to benefit Lunch Break.

> Old Bridge Family YMCA | TBD
Food drive needs: Non-perishable food and toiletry items to benefit Old Bridge Township Food Pantry.

“GRAB & GO” PANTRY SUPPORT

Volunteers are needed to distribute Fulfill crisis boxes to the Freehold Borough and Bayshore communities. Click here to view and sign up.

> Freehold Borough YMCA Community Center

Help Stock “Drop & Go” Baby Pantry

Support local families in need of basic supplies by collecting the following baby pantry items. Drop items at the door of our Center during business hours, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or ship to the center directly via Amazon orders:

Bayshore Family Success Center 945 State Highway 36 | Leonardo, NJ 07737

> Diapers (Packaged or in a sleeve. No loose diapers.)
> Baby Wipes
> Formula (Powder only. Unopened/unexpired)

Only the basics, please. No toys, clothing or other items will be accepted. Thank you for your invaluable support to serve those most vulnerable in our community.

Give Life at Red Cross Blood Drives

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak there is a severe shortage of blood. Donations are needed urgently. To support this critical need the Y will open our gymnasiums at our branch facilities to host Red Cross blood drives to the public. Participants are also encouraged to bring donations for food drives happening at the same time.

Freehold Family YMCA | January 17 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Schedule an appointment here.
Food donation needs: Baby diapers and wipes, baby formula, feminine hygiene products, soap and shampoo

> Red Bank Family YMCA | TBD

> Old Bridge Family YMCA | TBD

Extreme precaution is taken to protect all donors. Thank you for your invaluable support to serve those most vulnerable in our community.

 

 

GET HELP

If your immediate food needs are urgent, please visit Fulfill and Lunch Break for more food pantry times and locations. The Y is hosting Fulfill crisis relief box and fresh food distribution. Food relief is always free of charge, subject to availability, and supported by donors, volunteers, and staff.

How Can the Y Help?

We’d like to know how we can help. Complete this brief survey to share your critical need related to food insecurity or transportation to food distribution centers. We are working with local community partners to support local efforts. If your immediate food needs are urgent, please visit Fulfill and Lunch Break for more food pantry times and locations.

Key Benefits of Togetherhood®

Good for Individuals:

Volunteering improves people’s well-being, helps them forge strong relationships, and gives them an outlet to explore their passions and discover their purpose.

Good for Community:

Togetherhood® leverages the Y’s powerful network and cause-driven mission to unlock people’s potential to improve lives and contribute to a stronger and more connected society.

Good for the Y:

Togetherhood® leverages the Y’s mission as a nonprofit organization. The Y helps us envision a strong community locally, nationally and globally.

For more information on the national Togetherhood® initiative, please visit www.ymca.net/togetherhood.

Source: The footage of this interview is courtesy of Comcast Newsmakers, hosted by Jill Horner and produced by the Freedom Newsmakers Team.