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hc needs forum
October 6, 2022

YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties hosted a forum for community leaders on Tuesday, September 27, at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club in Whitehouse Station, NJ as part of its Hunterdon County community needs assessment. 


Members of the YMCA’s Hunterdon County Regional Advisory Board and YMCA President/CEO Zane Moore welcomed local school superintendents, business and nonprofit leaders, healthcare professionals, mayors and other elected officials to discuss existing and emerging needs across Hunterdon County. The forum was part of the Y’s ongoing community needs assessment aimed at helping the organization make critical decisions about future programming and facility requirements. 


The needs assessment began shortly after Hunterdon County YMCA merged with YMCA of Bucks County this past April. Since then, Moore has met with nearly 50 community leaders individually to further gain knowledge and understanding about Hunterdon County and its people. At the same time, the Y is engaging an organization to evaluate its current facilities. The information gathered through the individual conversations, community leaders forum and facility audit, will guide volunteer and staff leaders when shaping how the Y will continue to serve Hunterdon County residents. 


“As an organization whose mission is to meet needs in the communities we serve,” said Moore, “it’s vital we engage with community stakeholders to understand the varying needs of residents. As we plan for our future, this will enable us to seek partnerships and allocate Y resources to programs and facility enhancements that align with our values and commitment to fostering youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.” 


The YMCA has been strengthening the Hunterdon community since 1903 and over the years has grown to be one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in the county. The Y’s commitment to serve residents has not wavered and it looks forward to sharing the findings of its community needs assessment and subsequent plans with Hunterdon County stakeholders in the coming months.