Help Us Make A Difference
Dear Friend of the Y:
I write with the hope that you will affirm a tremendous milestone in the Y’s history by making a special gift at this time. The milestone is this: on January 3, 2017, the Y marked its 100th anniversary. We celebrate as we embark on the agency's second century. The Y has done a great deal of good over the past hundred years. To keep this going as we rise to meet opportunities and challenges ahead, we need your backing.
For 100 years the Y has been the place where neighbors gather in a nurturing and compassionate environment, build meaningful connections, and improve their intellectual, emotional, and physical selves. In 1917 the Y formed to serve the youth of the community, becoming a place to guide their mental and physical development.
In response to the Great Depression, the Y was the first place in the city to establish a “home camp” for families who couldn’t afford to send their children to summer camps in the country. During the 1930s the neighborhood was home to the largest number of displaced German Jews in the country, and the Y was the place where many survivors turned for English classes, citizenship tutoring, and community-building programs to aid assimilation.
In the 1980s, for teen Miguel, the Y was a safe haven from streets ravaged by gang violence and drugs. The Y was the place where 97-year-old Setty sought refuge with hundreds of other seniors who had lost their power during a heat wave in July 1999. For Dominican and Jewish teens Luis and Naomi in 2011, the Y was the place where they collaborated with legendary Broadway veteran Liz Swados and their peers to develop Sosúa, an award-winning musical that became an educational model for genocide prevention and an inspiration for diversity. This year the Y is the place where Celia celebrates and navigates motherhood for the first time with her newfound community of fellow moms.
Help us continue with this great tradition with a gift at this time. Your gift affirms and enables the important work the Y does. For example, we serve hundreds hot and nutritious meals daily. We care for children with special needs in a supportive environment. We offer financial help to those who are vulnerable and in urgent need.
Your gift shows that you value our services that enable the elderly to live with dignity in their own homes. You show that you want to provide youth with career opportunities. And you join us to inspire engagement with Jewish life and traditions. Your donation will honor the Y’s history through 100 years of service. At the same time, you help to ensure the Y will continue to be the place where lives are enhanced and transformed for the year to come as the Y begins its second century.
In honor of our 100 year anniversary we have set up our Centennial Circle to Remember Yesterday, Celebrate Tomorrow. Be a part of this by making a gift of $100 or more. You will have the option of how you would like to be acknowledged on our website and in our Gala Dinner program.
As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, we cherish the eternal value of giving as much as we did in 1917. And we confirm our promise to help our neighbors who are most in need. Help us continue to support the Washington Heights and Inwood communities by offering vital educational, recreational, and social services. Select a donation method below to show that you Remember Yesterday, Celebrate Tomorrow.
All of us close to the Y are most grateful for your friendship and your support,
Martin G. Englisher & Andrew Halpern
Chief Executive Officer & President, Board of Directors
The Y is an IRS charitable organization.
In honor of our 100 year anniversary we have set up our Centennial Circle to Remember Yesterday, Celebrate Tomorrow. Join by making a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more, and you will be acknowledged on our website and in our Gala Dinner program. If donating by check, please indicate how you would like to be acknowledged, or if you would like to make the donation in someone's honor or memory. If donating through our secure online portal, you can list your desired acknowledgement during the checkout process.
For gifts of $100 or more, please indicate how you would like to be acknowledged as part of our Centennial Circle, or whether you would like to donate in someone's honor or memory. Make your check payable to the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood and send it to:
YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
Attn: Nicholas Kobloth, Finance Department
54 Nagle Avenue
New York, NY 10034
Secure Online Donation: Set Amount
Here are some illustrations of how your gift to the Y makes a difference. If you would like to make your donation in honor of or in memory of someone, you will have the opportunity to add that information on the PayPal checkout page.
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Secure Online Donation: Any Amount
Make a donation in any amount here. If you would like to make your donation in honor of or in memory of someone, you will have the opportunity to add that information on the PayPal checkout page.
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YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Avenue
New York, NY 10040
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