Aisling Irish Community Center’s Team set to launch next week to kick off training for the October 21 Yonkers Marathon.

Friday, June 22nd is the Summer Launch for the Aisling Irish Community Center’s Team at J.P. Clarke’s Saloon. The launch will bring together the team to receive their training shirts, gear needed as the train for this year’s Yonkers Marathon.

The whole community is involved and supporting the Team. Sean James; Team Member, Aisling Center Board Member and James Trading Group supports the center because “As an outreach center it has an amazing reputation, supporting not just the Irish, but the wider community in so many under-recognized ways...Employment and mental health support and caring for senior citizens are areas in which they make a huge difference for many individuals...that a center relying almost entirely on donations is powered by such a small number of people working tirelessly - and enthusiastically! - is hard to believe.”

The Aisling Irish Community Center is pleased to announce our Premier Sponsors of Team Aisling; Donnelly's Irish Meats, Liffey Van Lines, James Trading Group and All Boro Flooring. Their support of our team and the team's efforts are amazing. Team Aisling is a community team, bringing awareness while raising funds for the Aisling Center, we are thankful for our team and for the support of our sponsors. Donnelly Irish Meats are delighted and proud to be sponsoring Team Aisling in the upcoming Yonkers Marathon.

"The Aisling Irish Community Center has been serving the Irish community here in Yonkers and New York for many years. It is the “go to” place for all ages offering a number of programs and services including social, cultural, educational, and recreational. That is why we at Donnelly are delighted to be able to help raise awareness while raising funds for the Aisling Center, and giving back to such a great organization. We're looking forward to seeing you there on the 21st October!” said Connor O'Brien - Donnelly Brand Manager.

Team Aisling is a charity based team with over 250 people involved in the effort and currently well over 150 committed individuals already registered for the October 21st marathon. They have come together with a common goal, to take part in the Yonkers marathon, while creating awareness and raising much-needed funds for its vital programs and services. The historic Yonkers Marathon turns 93 this year with the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K! Yonkers is not only one of the oldest marathons in the world, it is one of the oldest road races period, with a long and storied history. The Yonkers Marathon, which is the second oldest marathon in the country, is USA Track & Field certified and is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. Team Aisling is a team of support for each other, a team of encouragement and a team having fun together. Every runner will bring awareness to the center and can help someone in need of services from the Aisling Center. Reach out to Sharon at 914-237-5121 or sharon@aislingcenter.org to join. Team Aisling welcomes first time runners, experienced marathoners, and everyone in-between.

You can support our Premier Sponsors; Donnelly Irish Meats, http://www.foodireland.com/, 1-877-474-7436 Liffey Van Lines, http://www.liffeyvanlines.com, 212-410-3500 James Trading Company, https://thejtg.com, 1-800-541-5004 All Boro Floor Service, https://www.allboroflooring.com, 718-231-6911

Aisling Irish Community Center provides resources and a community respite to the Bronx, Yonkers, Queens and the entire tristate area. Over the years, the role of the Center has evolved into a fully-fledged social services organization catering not only to the Irish and Irish-American population, but also to the community at large. Aisling Center is one of the largest Irish immigrant resource centers in the tristate area and the main provider of services for communities of Yonkers and Woodlawn.

Monies raised will help fund the Aisling Irish Community Center’s Mental Health Programs including; free and confidential counseling services with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Life Coach with extensive mental health experience in supporting individuals, children, families and groups. Services are provided at the center, off-site and via phone and email, all aimed at providing a comfortable and private experience. In addition, we cover a health and wellness campaign in the Irish/Irish American community and a suicide prevention program targeted at the entire community. Monthly workshops on mental health issues are ongoing, issues including; depression, domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependency, and suicide.

The center provides an Irish arts and culture program including classes in Irish language, music and dance; assistance with employment & accommodation; services for Senior Citizens; various classes for adults and children and weekly AA meetings. Our educational, cultural and welfare programs/services benefit over 900 people each week. The Irish Volunteers for the Homeless program is a weekly feeding program, delivering food to the homeless at numerous locations throughout New York City. Volunteers are welcome to join the group at any time. For more information; 914-237-5121, www.aislingcenter.org

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