Last week, Legion of Goodwill volunteers and Rutgers Medical School students came to the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity to provide good food and health screenings for our residents. Delicious homemade chicken noodle soup, fruit, bread, water and coffee was served to more than 100 people staying in the Newark YMCA's Emergency Residence. Rutgers Medical School students offered blood pressure and glucose tests to all.
The Legion of Goodwill operates a weekly itinerant soup kitchen program called the Charity Round, in which they provide food for the homeless. Rutgers Medical students will offer screenings to our residents once a month. We are grateful to these wonderful volunteers for making a difference in our community.
For information about volunteering at the Newark YMCA, click here
Rhonda's Y Story:
At my one-year anniversary of Newark Y membership, I wanted to share my incredible experience. It all started the day Y staff member Eddie offered me a free one-month trial. With knee pain, excess weight and my 50th
birthday lurking, I knew I had to act. I started walking on the treadmill, but my knees were killing me. I talked to Smiley (another terrific Y staff member) and he helped me get started on the elliptical. My knees hurt less each day. During that first month I lost some weight, my knees did not hurt as much so I joined!
After strong encouragement from staff (thanks Melissa!) I started taking spin classes in addition to using the cardio equipment. Now I am addicted - I spin five times a week! There are days that I have off from work but drive 49 miles to go to the Y in Newark. I have a beautiful YMCA facility close to my house in Hamburg, NJ, but I enjoy the people at the Newark Y.
However, with all of the classes I was taking, I was not losing weight. I would lose 5 or 10 pounds and gain it back. Then my awesome spin instructor Eileen gave me hints and ideas about nutrition and I have lost 20 pounds! Every single day, someone says something nice about the way I look! My husband included!
Before I joined the Newark Y, I left my house at 7:15 to be at work by 9 am. Now, I get to the Y by 6:30 and still get to work on time! I also save money by going to the gym instead of going out to lunch. Joining the Y has been a WIN WIN situation for me.
As you can tell, I am very happy that I joined the YMCA in Newark and fortunate that my path crossed so many nice people! I’ll see you tomorrow at the Newark Y!
By Victor Nicholson
As the summer came to an end, little feet skipped across the hallways of the Newark YMCA’s Emergency Residence Program. A chorus of student voices rose to the ceiling, filled with excitement about the first day of school. Budding scholars enthusiastically shared their thoughts of new schools, new teachers, and new friends.
Three generous community partners ensured these young learners had new books and new school supplies. Thank you to Samson Lodge #66, Half Pint and Widow’s Son Lodge #5 for donating supplies to the young learners of the Newark YMCA. Our children are poised to achieve academic success!
To learn more about the Newark YMCA’s focus on Social Responsibility, click here