The Summit Area YMCA with its Berkeley Heights location and the Madison Area YMCA serve as community gathering places where principles are put into practice. The cause-driven organizations focus on healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. The Learning Circle (Summit Area) and the F.M. Kirby Children's Center (Madison Area) take care of babies as young as 6 weeks old, and babysitting services afford parents the opportunity to explore the Y while childcare professionals watch little ones.
The Y also aims to keep kids and their families healthy with sports leagues, youth sports clinics, group fitness classes, and a fitness center equipped with a climbing wall, Olympic free-weight room, and a pool. All of the Y’s programs are accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay or perform a back handspring.
Taking classes at The Art of Self Defense Mixed Martial Arts is a fast-paced, exciting, and rewarding endeavor. The modern system teaches a wide range of styles, from muay thai kickboxing to jujitsu and judo. Participants of all experience levels are welcome.
As America's largest charity rater, Charity Navigator serves more than three million unique visitors each year, impacting approximately $10 billion of charitable donations. The organization’s rating methodology focuses on not only the financial health and analysis of a charity's performance, but also on each charity's accountability and transparency. The system helps donors make knowledgeable, empowered decisions about how to invest their philanthropic dollars, while in turn helping charities maximize their social impact and fundraising efforts.
Since 1999, Girls Inc. of NYC's annual College Shower has honored participants who have graduated from high school and are making the transition to college. The event showcases the new grads' achievements and celebrates the young women with their family, friends, and other supporters. Each recent graduate also receives a duffle bag packed with college-dorm-life essentials, including USB drives, power strips, a shower caddie, sheets, towels, and an alarm clock (a $180 value).
U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Inspired Gifts program creates opportunities for donors to purchase specific lifesaving items, such as blankets, mosquito nets, and therapeutic milk, which are then shipped to children in more than 150 countries. Through its Inspired Gifts program, UNICEF aims to provide immunization kits filled with 20 doses of the tetanus vaccine, 20 doses of the polio vaccine, and 10 doses of the measles vaccine to mothers and children, in an effort to reduce the destructive capacity of those diseases across the globe. Each kit travels to its destination in a cold carrier box to maintain the appropriate temperature, and costs $20.