Hunterdon County Ymca
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144 West Woodschurch Road Flemington NJ 08822 USA
The ymca of hunterdon county, inc. Is committed to helping people grow in spirit, mind and body. We are a community service organization founded upon christian values, which today embraces all faiths, serving individual regardless of age, race, or ecomomic means. The ymca is guided by our core principles of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The ymca of hunterdon county,inc. Is a cause driven organization providing programs and services in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. All y programs support the foundation of community within our service area.
Youth developmentin light of the rising obesity rates in this country, our ymca participates in the living our cause initiative and engages in a variety of events and community activities designed to help the "at risk population" develop habits and relationships that lead to more active lifestyles. Currently, all seventh grade students in hunterdon county are able to receive a full facility membership at no cost to them or their families. There were 120 student participating in 2014. The central focus of all ymca childcare programs are to nurture the development of every child and teen, and provide support to their parents and families. These educational programs help children learn foundational skills. They develop healthy, trusting relationships, build self esteem and self confidence and partcipate in group membership and leadership skills. The ymca is the largest provider of childcare in hunterdon county. In many instances, ymca childcare makes it possible for the parents of young children to remain gainfully employed, knowing that their children are thriving in a safe, supportive environment. Children participate in enrichment programs while learning the ymca core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. At the ymca, children learn positive behaviors while exploring their unique talents and interests. The hunterdon county ymca operates a full day childcare program which has an average number of 50 childen per year participating. The school aged childcare program operates in elementary schools, collaborating with 9 public school systems. There are 17 program sites, serving more than 900 children during the school year. There are also preschool programs operating in two different townships in the county. These programs create an educational early learning center for children between three and five years old. Over 85 children participate annually. During the summer months, when school is not in session, the ymca provides childcare for working parents through specially designed ymca day camps. These camps operate with the same goals and same participant population as the ymca school aged childcare program, only in an outdoor setting for 11 hours a day, monday through friday. The camp programs enable the children to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting friends and memories, while having fun. Ultimately the children build positive self esteem and values, including cooperation, respect, good citizenship and social responsibility. 7% of camp and childcare particants receive financial assistance and are enrolled at a reduced program fee.
social responsibilitythe hunterdon county ymca has been listening and responding to our communities' most critical social needs for over 110 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, providing financial assistance to families in need, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. Our ymca works in collaboration with more than a dozen governmental and community agencies to provide a variety of programs that help accomplish our mission to help people grow in spirit, mind and body. In these programs, we work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their greatest potential. These programs include partnerships with organizations such as: -darkness to light, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and creators of award winning stewards of children, sexual abuse prevention curriculum. The hunterdon county ymca has achieved "partner in prevention" a nationally recognized public standard to end child sexual abuse. All ymca staff are trained in this curriculum and the training is currently being offered to any interested adults in the community. By partnering with darkness to light, the hunterdon county ymca will educate and empower adults to become agents of change to protect children from sexual abuse. -special olympics of new jersey, where mentally and physically challenged swimmers of all ages and levels are invited to join the special olympics swim team at the hunterdon county ymca; and -america's grow a row, which provides fresh fruits, vegetables and bread to many of the neediest in our community with the assistance of ymca staff and volunteers. The ymca's emphasis on social responsibility encourages individuals to bring about meaningful change to strengthen the family unit, develop the social skills and values of youth, and develop a sense of world mindedness, including an appreciation of other racial/ethnic groups and cultures in youth and adults. Examples of these programs include: -adventure guides, which fosters understanding and companionship between parent and child. -senior programs, which provide activities geared toward socialization, physical activity and friendship for active older adults. The majority of these programs are provided at no cost to the participants. -our bilingual programs, which include a study group of legal permanent residents to obtain us citizenship. Through this program participants gain confidence as they study for their citizenship test, learn how to fill out their application and learn how to submit the application. As a us citizen, they become able to vote in elections, serve as jurors, travel with us passports, become eligible for jobs, become elected officials and obtain government benefits. Since we started our pilot program, 34 people have passed the test. As a complement to this study group we offer english as a second language classes at a foundation level two days a week. The ymca also utilizes the help of over 438 volunteers to add value to our programs and aid in our annual campaign, formerly know as the strong kids campaign. In 2014 through the annual campaign, more than $337,900 in financial assistance was awarded to over 1,100 unique individuals in our community.
healthy living our programs enhance the health and well being of our members and program participants by providing opportunities for every family to build stronger bonds, achieve greater work/life balance, and become more engaged with their communities. Beyond fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spirtual strength. The women's living well program, which is currently serving over 87 women, was designed to help create realistic goals for self improvement and to emphasize disease prevention through regular exercise, proper nutrition, stress management, and health education. The ymca aquatics program provides learn-to-swim programs, water based fitness and water based therapy programs. There are also certification programs, which aid in developing water safety and accident prevention skills of young people. The ymca served over 4,000 members in aquatic areas in 2014. The livestrong at the ymca is open to cancer survivors at any point after their diagnosis. The classes meet three times a week for cardio and strength training. Participants have an opportunity to interact with other cancer survivors in a positive environment focused on improving their health. Staff have been trained in the livestrong at the ymca curriculum to provide specialized assistance and guidance. In addition to attending classes at no charge, survivors and their caregivers/families also receive a free membership to the ymca for the 12 weeks that they are particating in the program. Ymca diabetes prevention program focuses on those who are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program helps participants to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. Based on research funded by the national institutes of health and centers for disease control and prevention, the program reduces the risk of developing type two diabetes by 58%. These healthy living programs were made available at fees affordable to the vast majority of people living in the hunterdon county service area, with financial assistance provided routinely for those in need. More than 1,100 people received financial assistance through these programs in 2014.
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