More than 50 people of all ages recently met at the Madison Area YMCA’s TOGETHERHOOD® event to sort through tons of soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and mouthwash to fill more than 400 toiletry kits for the homeless.
An amazing part about the event was the level of community engagement it brought. Along with Y members and volunteers, several local organizations and nonprofit groups became involved. The items were donated through drives held at the Madison Area Y, Grace Episcopal Church, M&T Bank, Holy Family Church and local dentists’ offices. Groups that helped prepare the kits included Fairleigh Dickinson University students from the Pre-Health Society, Student Wish List Project, employees of the Madison office of HLW International, a design, architecture and planning firm, Junior League of Summit members and a Chatham Girl Scout troop. It was TOGETHERHOOD®at its finest.
TOGETHERHOOD®, the Y’s signature program for social responsibility, empowers members to plan and lead volunteer service projects that address the needs of the community. Working side by side with neighbors and community partners, TOGETHERHOOD® volunteers make new friends, improve lives and contribute to a stronger and more inclusive society.
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