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YMCA of Greater Monmouth County receives recognition for community service

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) has named the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County as one of 20 recipients of its annual Awards for Excellence.

The Y was chosen in the Community Service category with Laurie Goganzer, president and chief executive officer, lauded for the organization’s quick adaptation for outreach, additional programs, and community based projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the Y.

NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka said, “This year’s Awards for Excellence winners have stepped up to do right for their employees, their communities and New Jersey’s economy. We are truly proud to recognize their notable achievements.”

The Community Service award was given to the Y for leadership in finding solutions to social or economic challenges, according to the press release.

At the start of the pandemic, the Y activated its Togetherhood program, a volunteer initiative, and partnered with multiple nonprofit organizations to respond to emergent community needs.

Y volunteers helped collect and distribute more than 38,000 meals to needy families across Monmouth County. The Y also provided emergency child care services for healthcare workers, hosted blood drives and established COVID testing and vaccination sites, according to the press release.

The Y was honored to receive recognition, Goganzer said, noting that the pandemic proved the nonprofit could meet the community’s needs during a crisis and beyond.

“Our commitment to serving the community has never been stronger,” she said. “We believe community collaborations were essential in helping everyone during the height of the pandemic and are critical as we continue to recover. The Y is grateful for our dedicated volunteers and valued partners. Together we are stronger.”

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