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Citi Kids

Participants from the Jamacia Y's Citi Kids Program gathered for the first event of the year. Marcus Samuelsson spoke to the kids before taking them to enjoy a Mets game. In its seventh year, Citi Kids is a motivational and educational based initiative for kids in NYC developed by Citi with the New York Mets and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Read more…

In NYC, Thousands Now Using Municipal ID Card

Between the early morning hours and eleven at night, a line snakes across the fourth floor of the New York City Public Library's 40th street branch in Manhattan. The line is diverse as a typical New York subway car. It's one of the many lines that leads New Yorkers towards their New York City municipal identification card, or idNYC. It's a government-issued photo ID card available to all New York City residents over the age of 14, including undocumented immigrants, who in the past had no identification they could use to access services such as open a bank account, use a city library or use to pay utilities. An additional benefit cardholders enjoy is a benefit at local Y branches. Read more…

Online giving’s time has come, like it or not

Gary Laermer of the YMCA of Greater New York has concerns about the fundraising industry's move towards the internet. He sees value in an active social-media presence and uses Facebook and Twitter to research prospects. The organization even snared a five-figure gift from a supporter identified only after she tweeted her thanks when the Y’s swimming pools reopened after 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Read more…

Taste of Ridgewood pleases all palates

The YMCA of Ridgewood held its annual Taste of Ridgewood event last Thursday at the Catalpa Avenue site. The cuisine of more than 20 restaurants was featured and awards were given to several individuals, including State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), District 24 Schools Superintendent Madeline Chan, Greater Ridgewood Historical Society President Linda Monte and innovators Denise Plowman and Crystal River Williams. Read more…

Ridgewood shows its charitable – and flavorful – side

Taste of Ridgewood brought together dozens of Ridgewood residents in a transformed setting and offered them delightful food options from local favorites like Gottscheer Hall, Gyro World, Trattoria Cerbone, Nepalese Indian Cuisine, Super Pollo and plenty more.The money raised goes to the YMCA’s annual campaign that assures no child is turned away from the organization’s programs due to an inability to pay. Read more…