Hunterdon County YMCA Operations & Community Recovery Fund
Nonprofit organizations like the Y are on the front lines of coronavirus crisis response, serving the most vulnerable members of our communities. However, loss of revenue from facility closures and decreased giving due to the economic downturn is hitting our Y especially hard. Our community needs us now more than ever, but without assistance, we will not be able to continue operations as we have in the past, if at all, leaving our neighbors and our community members without essential resources and services they rely on.
As a nonprofit, the financial impact of our doors being shut with little to no revenue has already been devastating. As one of the largest community-based service organizations in the area, we know you rely on us. We are also one of the largest employers in Hunterdon County, and that’s why we established the HCY Operations & Community Recovery Fund. If you are able, we would be grateful if you would help offset the situation by donating today.
Since our mandated closure, the Y has been implementing ways to meet the needs in our community, emphasizing our mission as a community-based nonprofit, and supporting all of Hunterdon County. Examples of the Y in action include:
- The HCY is serving as a county’s host location for blood drives with the American Red Cross.
- Additionally, we hosted an anti-bacterial wipe drive to support the Hunterdon Medical Center supply shortage. We were grateful to drop-off a large box of wipes donated by local community members!
- Almost 20 of our Produce Distribution recipient families received an emergency care kit. Each kit included toilet paper, diapers, sanitizer, and hand soap.
- The HCY is still running the Produce Distribution Program! Although our site locations are currently closed due to the restrictions in place, all donations from Shoprite have been shared by the Y staff with the Flemington Food Pantry.
- In an effort to maintain connections with our most vulnerable neighbors, we have been reaching out to our at-risk Y senior members with weekly phone calls, and offering special Virtual Workouts designed for Active Older Adults.
How can you help?
- Donate today. As a nonprofit, the financial impact of our doors being shut with no revenue has already been devastating. As one of the largest community-service organizations and one of the largest employers in Hunterdon County, we know you rely on us. When the restrictions are lifted, the requests for financial assistance will be significant, and we need to be financially prepared to provide the hand up to those most in need. Help us maintain our current emergency service offerings, and help us re-open our doors at the end of the crisis.
- If you are a member, STAY WITH US. It goes without saying that the coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty. However, how we respond is within our control. As soon as we realized the severity of the situation, we mobilized to explore ways the Y could help our community. You play a vital role in helping us deploy these services and serve our community by CONTINUING your membership by turning it into a tax-deductible donation to the Y.
This is an extraordinarily challenging time, but together we strengthen the foundations of our community. Thank you for your support and understanding as we wait for these restrictions to be behind us.
P.S. – Under the CARES Act, and for the entirety of 2020, the limitation on how much of your charitable donations you can deduct against your income have been removed for Federal income tax purposes. What does that mean? Every gift counts! That means even if you donate a smaller gift, it qualifies and you can use it as a tax deduction for next year’s taxes!