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Volunteer Spirit Awards

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Their contributions enrich lives and make it possible to offer programs and services that otherwise would not exist.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 evening we celebrated our volunteers at the annual Spirit Awards for selflessly sharing their time, talent and treasure.

Each year, Somerset County YMCA hosts t the Volunteer Spirit Awards to honor Y volunteers who have inspired us by giving of themselves to benefit the Y and its members. You are encouraged to nominate volunteers - either yourself or another Y volunteer - for one of the award categories listed below. Nominations open in January and are due in March.

Congratulations to our 2017 Awardees

2017 Recipient
Youth Nicole Brothers Bridgewater and Somerville YMCAs
Ray of Light Chip Davis Somerset Hills YMCA
Philanthropy Mark Irwin Somerset County YMCA
Youth Nora Johnstone Hillsborough YMCA
Adult Seunny Kim Somerset Hills YMCA
Active Older Adult
Joan Lewinski
Hillsborough YMCA
Lifetime Achievement Morgan McLachlan Somerset County YMCA
Leadership Lori Palfreyman Bridgewater and Somerville YMCAs
Board Leadership Jay Perantoni Somerset County YMCA
Youth Hannah Petersen Somerset Hills YMCA
Youth Neel Verma Bridgewater and Somerville YMCAs
Living Our Cause Alex Voitovich Hillsborough YMCA
Group Cultural Engagement Committee: Arti Caprihan, Sunitha D’Silva, Maurice Herrera, Deepash Jiwani, Vicky Lee, Michelle Man, Luby Masi, Rachna Mathur, Elizabeth Robles, Marie Sperber, Greg Toombs and Chen Wang
Somerset Hills YMCA

Award Categories
Category Descriptions
Youth individual volunteer who is 20 years old or younger and has provided outstanding volunteer service
Adult individual volunteer who is 21 years old and over and has provided outstanding volunteer service
Family two or more family members who have provided outstanding volunteer service together or individually during the nominating eligibility period
Active Older Adult
individual volunteer who is 65 years old or over and has provided outstanding volunteer service
Group three or more volunteers in committee, program or corporation whose teamwork provided outstanding volunteer service
Board Leadership 
a Board of Director that demonstrates exemplary board leadership while advancing the Y’s mission.
Leadership individual volunteer who by example and effort inspires and recruits others to become involved in the Y
Living Our Cause
individual volunteer who is an advocate for the Y's mission and charitable status
Lifetime Achievement
individual volunteer who has made a measurable impact and has contributed a minimum of 10 years of service.
individual, family, or family foundation with a proven record of exceptional financial generosity and volunteer leadership, demonstrating extraordinary civic and charitable responsibility while advancing the Y’s culture of philanthropy. 
Ray of Light
individual volunteer whose positive attitude brightens everyone's day

Nominees must meet most or all of the following criteria:

  • Spirit enhances the Somerset County YMCA.
  • Impacts and helps foster the Y’s mission, goals and objectives
  • Demonstrates exceptional commitment, service, creativity, cooperation or leadership
  • Serves as a role model for others
  • Exemplifies caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
  • Has been committed to volunteer efforts for a significant length of time


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