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Transform Lives 2019

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 17, 2019 Somerset County YMCA celebrated our volunteers at the annual Volunteer Spirit Awards. 

Each year, Somerset County YMCA hosts 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.


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

2019 SPIRIT AWARD Recipients



 Award Category  Name Branch
 Adult  David Islinger
 Somerset County YMCA
 Board Leadership  Mark Irwin  Somerset County YMCA
 Family  Gary and Kelly Ward  Bridgewater and Hillsborough YMCAs
 Group  Financial Assistance Committee Members  Bridgewater and Somerville YMCAs
 Leadership  Steve Soisson  Hillsborough YMCA
 Lifetime Achievement  Peter Olsen  Somerset County YMCA
 Living Our Cause  Greg Toombs  Somerset Hills YMCA
 Philanthropy  Sue Ellen Holleman  Somerset Hills and Somerville YMCAs
 Ray of Light  Anjali Gadre  Somerville YMCA
 Youth  James Pruskowski  Somerset Hills YMCA
 Youth  Olivia Perkins  Somerville YMCA
 Youth  Tapasya Nangpal  Hillsborough YMCA

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