2019 ANNUAL REPORT
Although this report is about 2019, we would be remiss in not acknowledging the challenges that 2020 has brought upon our community. COVID-19 has forced us to temporarily shut our doors – but we have worked diligently to keep our mission open in a variety of ways. And the pain we all feel from the senseless killing of George Floyd is a stark reminder of the need for our commitment to diversity and inclusion, in all of its forms. We’ll write more about the challenges of 2020 in next year’s letter – but – for now – let them serve for all of us as a reminder of the enduring importance of our mission. We’re for Youth Development. We’re for Healthy Living. We’re for Social Responsibility. We’re for a better us.
A Letter to the Community
The Summit Area YMCA has served the Greater Summit communities for over 134 years. While we remain in awe of such continued, uninterrupted service, we know that our mission and the way we deliver that mission continually evolve. In 2019 we adapted to meet the changing needs of our youth, families and seniors by listening, learning and celebrating the excitement of change and growth.
The year saw a full twelve months of construction on the much awaited new Berkeley Heights YMCA while we prepared to say goodbye to our long-time home on Springfield Ave. Building a new branch from the ground up and for the first time in over 100 years generated great energy and enthusiasm among members and in the quickly growing community. And, we are very proud of the interest in and demand for our many and diverse program areas – some familiar and some not so familiar.
Our youth programs continue to grow especially summer camp, child care and school-aged child care. We are energized by the fact that our middle school and teen programs continue to provide platforms for youth to learn supplemental academic skills, lifelong wellness skills and mindfulness. Social and emotional learning opportunities are a priority and the lens through which design and develop programs and services for youth. Why? Today’s youth are not only incredibly talented, intelligent and self-aware, but they are also exposed to fast paced environment full of complexity and high expectations which brings stress and anxiety in its wake. We owe it to our future leaders to teach them how to and allow them to use the simple art of “taking a breather.”
Our families are being given more opportunities to spend time together through a myriad of structured and unstructured activities. Our active older adults have practically taken over the traditional basketball courts and requested that we triple the number of pickle ball classes and leagues we offered over the prior year. More than ever, our adult members share with us that they enjoy getting fit by participating the plethora of group exercise classes – over 80 varieties at last count.
Our social responsibility tenet remains as vibrant and critical as ever. The TogetherhoodTM program of volunteers continues to deliver robust activities and programs to underserved families and seniors throughout our community. The Family Backpack program continues to serve many more food insecure children and families enrolled in the Summit Middle and High schools. The volunteer academic assistance programs continue to mentor and instruct more and more students and thereby helps address the closing of achievement gaps and summer learning loss.
We know that none of this could have been possible without your support and that of our volunteers. We are grateful for your philanthropic support to the 2019 Annual and Capital campaigns, for your wisdom and guidance, strategic direction and encouragement, and for the trust you place in the Y to fulfill its mission in the community each day. We could not do it without your trust and partnership. We remain privileged and honored to be of service.
President & CEO
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Robert Jeffries, Board Chair
Thomas Hall,Vice Chair
Katherine Bach Kalin
F. Chandler Coddington
BRANCH ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Berkeley Heights YMCA
Jennifer Van Vort
Glory DeSimmone Hoffman
The Learning Circle YMCA
President & CEO
Chief Marketing & Operations Officer
Vice President of Advancement
Chief Financial Officer
Human Resources & Payroll Director
Berkeley Heights YMCA Executive Director
Summit YMCA Executive Director
The Learning Circle YMCA Executive Director