​Summit Area YMCA Honors Veterans with Free 1 Week Membership, Breakfast & More

The Summit Area YMCA is proud to announce that veterans and their families will be able to enjoy a free week of membership at both the Berkeley Heights YMCA and Summit YMCA branches during the week of November 5 through November 11. As one of the area’s leading non-profit charitable organizations, its mission and cause has been to provide quality programs to strengthen the community by nurturing the potential of youth development, motivating healthy living, and inspiring a sense of social responsibility among neighbors, including our honorable veterans.

Along with various types of memberships that allow for individuals of all ages to participate at the Y, the Summit Area YMCA also offers a Military Outreach Initiative to address the needs of families of deployed military personnel who live far from a military installation and require access to child development, family strengthening, and health and well-being programming. Eligible military families and personnel include active duty or deployed personnel of the Armed Services, their spouses and families.

The week will end with a free breakfast for veterans and their families in the Summit YMCA lobby on November 11. Following breakfast, special Guest Bob Max, a World War II prisoner of war will speak about his experience in a Nazi prison camp. Furthermore, the Summit YMCA will be a Holiday Community Partner with Soldiers’ Angels in collecting items and filling stockings to be given to deployed service members and veteran patients. Items (listed below) will be collected November 1 through November 17.

Youngsters in Kid Zone on Friday November 10th will be able to enjoy listening to the story “The Impossible Patriotism Project” read by special guests, followed by arts and crafts based on the story afterwards.

Similarly, the Berkeley Heights YMCA in partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be offering a free breakfast to veterans at the VFW location at 15 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights.


Veterans Day Free Breakfast (please note different times per location):

Contact: Sue Fieseler (908) 273-3330 ext. 1167
(Please bring photo ID to enter the facility)


Contact: Tiffany Escott (908) 464 8373


Items for collection for Soldiers’ Angels include:

Holiday Stockings
Slim Jims
Beef Jerky
Single serve drink mix packets
Playing cards
Candy canes
Travel sized games
Card games
Gloves (black winter one size fits all)
Single serving cookie packages
Apple Cider packages
Hot chocolate packages
Holiday themed lip balm
Winter caps


In addition to the Y’s impactful programs include the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program for adults needing to recover from cancer in body, mind, and spirit; generous financial assistance for membership, camp and childcare raised through the Y’s Annual Campaign; free health and wellness programs for local 7th Graders; affordable childcare for working families and so much more.

At the Berkeley Heights YMCA, Summit YMCA, and The Learning Circle YMCA, community has always, and will always come first. Join us at the Berkeley Heights YMCA and Summit YMCA to celebrate and honor veterans with us.

The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org/give.