Hopewell Valley YMCA

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

 


Welcome to the Hopewell Valley YMCA

Mission Statement: The Hopewell Valley YMCA is a charitable organization dedicated to building a healthy spirit, mind, and body through programs which promote good health, strong families, youth leadership, and community development.  YMCA's are open to men, women, and children of all ages, abilities, races, and religions.

 
NEWS FROM THE Y


Spring II Registration

Session Dates: May 6 - June 28, 2014

Registartion Start Date: April 21, 2014

 

Offerings:

Swim Lessons

Munchkin Sports Jam

Dance

Soccer

Flag Football

T-Ball

Peanut Ball

Yoga

Zumba

and much more !!!


CAMP REIGN OPEN HOUSE

Interested in attending summer camp this year? Stop by one of our Summer Camp Open House dates to get a tour of the grounds and get your questions answered. All Summer Camp Open Houses will take place at Toll Gate Grammar Elementary School, 275 South Main St, Pennington, NJ 08534 in the cafeteria. For further information, please contact our main office.

 

Open House Dates

April 29, 2014 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

May 1, 2014 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

May 27, 2014 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

May 29, 2014 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN !!REGISTER TODAY!!!
 
 

Annual Campaign
 
Our members and friends call us THEIR Y. We call them
OUR greatest resource—the THOUSANDS of people who
work alongside us and support our work to help our
neighbors learn, grow and thrive.
What if we could harness all of that power to make an
even greater difference on a bigger scale?
With programs from A to Z—like athletics to advocacy,
dance classes to disease prevention, volleyball to
volunteerism—we don’t just strengthen individuals, we
strengthen our community.
Yet there is so much more to do.
Hopewell Valley faces new challenges that create a
greater need for the work we do. Fortunately, where some
see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members,
volunteers, staff, and generous donors like you to make
a difference. No other organization can impact as many
people as powerfully as we do every day.

Every gift makes a difference.
Everyone has a role to play.
Together, we can achieve so much more.
 
The Y. So Much More™
 
 
 

 
04 December 2013
 
Special Olympics
 
New Special Olympics New Jersey offerings
 
Interested in participating in the Special Olympics? We have expanded our offerings to include Bocce, Bowling, Tennis, Track & Field.
 
For more information on each sport and for registration materials, click here.
 

 
24 October 2013
 
Hopewell Valley YMCA in the news

YMCAs Launch Statewide Community Initiative to

Protect Children From Sexual Abuse

Program Features Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum

Workshops and Free Online Training

Pennington, NJ, October 23, 2013 – YMCAs in New Jersey have a vision of a world free of child sexual abuse.  A world in which all children are loved, protected, nurtured and able to grow up healthy.  According to experts, one in 10 children - or 400,000 each year - will experience child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. To educate adults in the community how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, including the Hopewell Valley YMCA have joined forces with Darkness to Light, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and creators of the award-winning Stewards of Children™ child sexual abuse prevention curriculum.

Through the initiative, the Hopewell Valley YMCA is offering Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to adults in the community.  In-person, facilitator led trainings are open to the public and can be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, school districts, faith centers and non-profits.  Local businesses, large or small, are encouraged to participate.  Free online training is available for New Jersey residents from October 23, 2013 through April 23, 2014.  Continuing education credits for professionals in various fields can be obtained through this training.  “As Social Responsibility is one of the Y’s key areas of focus, we are committed to developing community-based solutions that unite people to participate in and work for positive social change,” said Doug Pszczolkowski, CEO of the Hopewell Valley YMCA.  “By partnering with Darkness to Light, we will educate and empower adults to become agents of change to protect children from sexual abuse.”

The evidence-based program is designed to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors. Darkness to Light training covers a 5-step action plan: learn the facts (1 in 10 children are sexually abused. Over 90% know their abuser); minimize opportunity (eliminate or reduce isolated, one-on-one situations to decrease risk for abuse); talk about it (have open conversations with children about our bodies, sex and boundaries); recognize the signs (know the signs of abuse to protect children from further harm); and react responsibly (understand how to respond to suspicions or reports of sexual abuse).

“Child sexual abuse is a silent epidemic that crosses every socioeconomic boundary and does not discriminate,” said Doug Pszczolkowski.  “We, as adults, need to take responsibility and protect children in our community. By offering Stewards of Children training, the Y hopes to empower and mobilize adults to take action and prevent child sexual abuse.”  To date, the Hopewell Valley YMCA’s 3 trained facilitators and instructors have already educated 116 people.”

As research has shown that 5% is the critical point for positive change in the community, the NJ YMCA State Alliance has a goal of training 83,000 adults by 2017.  The Ys will work with local community partners including schools, volunteer groups and local government to meet their goal and help facilitate change.

“The YMCA and New Jersey YMCA State Alliance continue to be incredible partners in the fight against child sexual abuse. Their commitment to protect children in YMCA programs, facilities and in the community should serve as an inspiration to all youth serving organizations across the country,” said Jolie Logan, President and CEO of Darkness to Light.

About Child Sexual Abuse

Crime and behavioral studies have long cited child sexual abuse for its devastating impact on society. Statistics are startling:

·         Experts estimate one in 10 children are sexually abused.

·         Over 90% of child victims are abused by someone they know and trust.

·         73% of children do not tell anyone for at least one year. Many never tell, making this a silent epidemic that can result in lifelong consequences.

·         Child sexual abuse is linked to a host of societal issues including teen pregnancy, depression, anxiety and suicide.

·         Victims are three times more likely to have substance abuse issues, two times more likely to drop out of school, and are at greater risk for physical illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other serious medical conditions.

·         In the U.S., alone, there are an estimated 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse.

·         Child sexual abuse ranks second to murder as the most expensive victim crime in the U.S., where immediate and long-term costs exceed $35 billion annually.

“We can make a difference step by step, and these steps add up to happier, healthier children and stronger communities,” says Pszczolkowski.  For more information and to learn about Stewards of Children workshops or online training sessions, contact Doug Pszczolkowski at (609)737-3048 or dpszczolkowski@hvymca.org. Please join the Hopewell Valley YMCA to help end child sexual abuse.

About Darkness to Light (D2L)Darkness to Light (D2L) has championed the movement to end child sexual abuse (CSA) since its founding in 2000. With affiliates in all 50 U.S. states and 16 additional countries, D2L provides individuals, organizations, and communities with the tools to protect children from sexual abuse. To date, the D2L network of 6,000 authorized facilitators has trained over 500,000 parents, youth serving professionals, and organization volunteers in D2L’s award-winning Stewards of Children™ child sexual abuse prevention program. For more information, please visit www.D2L.org/Stewards.
 
 

Before and After School Program in the News

 

July 27, 2012

Starting this fall, The Hopewell Valley YMCA and The Hopewell Valley After School Program will open this September as a single program. The Hopewell Valley After School Program (HVASP) and the Hopewell Valley YMCA will merge under the umbrella of the YMCA to offer the Before and After Care of Hopewell Valley program. HVASP Director Karen Sharp and YMCA Program Director, Daniel Williams will continue to lead the new program. Before and after care services will continue to be offered at all four local elementary schools and Timberlane middle school; however, the hours will be extended to 7am-6:30pm. Most adult staffers will remain to help build continuity as the program grows and strengthens. In addition to these services, the new program will also be offering programs that include age appropriate activities for the different levels of students attending, as well as enrichment programs such as homework help and even tutoring. The new organization will be under contract with the Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD), which will have oversight of the program. Also new is the development of a Parent Advisory Committee, made up of parents and school administrators who will meet quarterly to discuss the program. The program will continue to be flexible, offering childcare one to five days a week, as well as drop-in availability and extended hours. The new program will continue to offer the quality programming that parents have come to expect and count on for years.

 


 

Pennington Quality Market Supports YMCA Building

The Hopewell Valley YMCA received a boost to its building fund from the Rothwell Family, owners of Pennington Quality Market May 19.

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Pennington Day Stands Behind YMCA Construction Plans

The Pennington Day Board gave a $5,000 grant to the Hopewell Valley YMCA capital building fund on Dec. 5 after inviting representatives from the YMCA to present an update on the YMCA’s plans and activities-to-date involving their contract to purchase a 13-acre tract of land from Capital Health on Route 31.

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PEAC to host Hopewell Valley MOMS Club Kids Fun Run

This year, the MOMS Club is working with the Hopewell Valley YMCA to raise funds to introduce "Safety Town", a one-week summer program, offered to rising Hopewell Valley kindergartners.

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Penningtonians start the holiday season at Holiday Walk

Dozens of Pennington Residents stirred up their holiday spirit on Friday at the Borough's annual Holiday Walk event, a miniature nighttime street fair that sees Main Street shops keep their doors open after normal hours, and offer free treats and fun activities to passers by.

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Eagle Scout Kevin Roveda revamps Hopewell Valley YMCA, finds personal growth

Earlier this month, 18-year-old Kevin Roveda of Pennington's Boy Scout Troop 41 officially completed a community service project that helped earn him the rank of Eagle Scout. The project involved cleanup and construction outside of the Hopewell Valley YMCA headquarters at 62 South Main St. in Pennington.

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The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.