Five years ago after losing my husband to Parkinson’s disease, I lost my job of 35 years. I was devastated, to say the least, both emotionally and financially. I turned to the Y, remembering all the connections I’d made there. Though what I needed was a job, I was grateful to receive assistance for membership. The Y helped me get focused and find purpose.
I made a pledge to go to the Y as often as possible. I tried Zumba and was quickly hooked. I discovered a love of fitness. Five years ago, I was looking for a job but what I received was so much more. I have three fitness certifications and I’m a substitute Zumba teacher. I’m also 50 pounds lighter and in the best shape of my life!
The Y didn’t just change my life- it gave me my life back. When I volunteered with the Annual Campaign last year, I asked fitness class members to imagine their contributions could touch the life of someone standing right next to them and they might never know.
When asked to chair this year’s campaign, with honor, I said yes. Please join me in making a gift to the YMCA of Montclair’s Annual Campaign. Every single dollar provides financial assistance to individuals and families in our community. Your donation can touch the lives of hundreds of people by giving them access to health and wellness, swim lessons, after school care, summer camp, and all the amazing programs the Y offers.
Annual Campaign Chair
Contact Tabel Reyes, Development Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 415-6125.