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2021 Annual Campaign Underway at Princeton Family YMCA

Princeton residents Prashanth "PJ" Jayachandran, Chair of the Board of Directors, and Vicky Corrodi, Board Member and Development Chair, outside of the YMCA facilities on Paul Robeson Place, are excited to launch the 2021 Annual Campaign. 


PRINCETON, NJ -- The Princeton Family YMCA is energized to kick off its 2021 Annual Campaign this week, says Prashanth "PJ" Jayachandran, a 17-year resident of Princeton and chair of the YMCA's Board of Directors. "We are especially proud of our work during the pandemic, and hope others will join us in supporting our cause."


The yearly donation drive raises crucial funds that keep the Princeton Family YMCA a healthy and vibrant organization, and allow it to continue its important work in the community, delivering essential services to a wide range of people of all backgrounds. 


"I feel deeply about the Princeton YMCA because it is one of the few institutions in our town that brings the entire community together," says Jayachandran, who lives in Princeton with his family and has been a member of the Princeton Family YMCA since 2010. "I am proud and honored to be part of an organization that has such a broad and meaningful impact on so many people in the greater Princeton community."


Throughout much of 2020 and since the start of this year, the Princeton Family YMCA has made a significant impact, helping the community through the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are just a few of the ways in which the Princeton Family YMCA has made a difference:


  • Princeton Family YMCA staff supported the delivery of 26,000 meals last spring after the shutdown; during the summer months, 25 Y volunteers were mobilized and delivered 1,343 boxes of fresh produce, dairy, and proteins to doorsteps.

  • Last summer, the YMCA offered the only summer camp in Princeton with a full-day childcare option for working families. 220 children participated, with 1 in 3 children receiving financial assistance. The Princeton Family YMCA will bring camp back again this summer, giving children in the community a safe and fun experience while providing parents with dependable childcare.

  • The YMCA was able to re-open its doors safely to members last September, allowing members to utilize the Wellness Center, gymnasium, and pool for lap swimming and group exercise. Among a wide array of sports programming for school-age children, more than 500 children were able to participate safely in the Y's ongoing basketball programs and 400 swim lessons have been taught. 

  • During this school year, the YMCA has provided more than 31,000 hours of quality, licensed distance learning and afterschool support for under resourced families, so parents and caregivers were able to work and provide for their families with peace of mind.

  • Virtually, the Y offered mental health boosts, including Hip Hop with the Doc, and webinars for families, as well as an innovative video series by and for teens to interview professionals from under-represented communities to introduce and discuss career paths and personal choices.


These programs and more are made possible by the generous support of donors in the community, especially to the Y's Annual Campaign. Proceeds provide memberships and critical programming to people of all backgrounds who might not otherwise be able to afford fees, improving their lives and quality of life, and subsidize essential programs such as Princeton Young Achievers which are low cost or free to participants.


Each year, the Princeton Family YMCA provides financial assistance to hundreds of local youth and families in need; prior to the pandemic, the Y provided an average of $500,000 in direct assistance and subsidized programs annually. Financial Assistance requests are now rising to unprecedented levels and the Y, through its annual fund-raising, wants to be there for those who are in need.


"I support the Princeton Family YMCA because of the work they do with the young people in our community," adds Board Member Vicky Corrodi, a longtime resident of Princeton. "The Y is a place where kids come together, have fun and everyone is welcome – regardless of their ability to pay. The Princeton YMCA is a community resource that I cherish and want to see continue for generations to come."


Members of the community who would like to support the Princeton Family YMCA's Annual Campaign and its efforts to strengthen the community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, can make a donation through its website: The Y. For a Better Us.



About the Y

The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofit strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.