20 years ago the Berkeley Heights YMCA proudly began serving members and the community at its 550 Springfield Ave location. 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. The Berkeley Heights YMCA staff are grateful for the community’s warm and continued generosity and support, and the Summit Area YMCA is proud to be a valued and valuable part of the community.
The Berkeley Heights YMCA facility has evolved significantly over the past two decades. “The Y initially occupied only half the current building footprint. Since then, we added the gym facilities, and have grown our child care program from 75 children to over 250 children.” said Tiffany Escott, Executive Director of the Berkeley Heights YMCA. Some of 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.
The Summit Area YMCA has provided unlimited motivation and support to its members. Paul, an avid marathoner and triathlete, is a Y member as well as cancer survivor. “Finding LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA was life changing because the program connected me to trainers and other cancer survivors who understood my situation and helped me overcome my fears and frustrations one small step at a time. The Y was a safe, enjoyable place for me to get more healthy. So, imagine my feeling of accomplishment, after 4 years of not racing, when I was able to run again at the Summit Area YMCA’s Mother’s Day 5K.”
For Nancy, the Y was a place that provided both physical improvement as well as familial bonding opportunities. “When my ten year old son missed 40 days of school last year due to his asthma, his doctor prescribed cardio exercise as a way to strengthen his lungs. In the nine months since we joined the Y, my son and I have come to the Y almost every day to get healthy. What a difference the Y has made in our lives as AJ has only missed two days of school since then, and I have not had to worry about missing a day of work to care for him. The Y’s low pressure workout environment made me feel welcome and my path back to recovery from a recent surgery was easier because I was more fit from working out with AJ. Best of all, I love that the Y made a family membership affordable. Now all five members of my family have an opportunity to live healthy.”
Jenny, a determined mother looking to get fit, said “I chose the Y because everyone partnered with me on my journey. I had a place to bring my young children while I worked out. The instructors reassured me of my progress, and helped me keep perspective on losing the weight in small increments.”
At the Berkeley Heights YMCA, Summit YMCA, and The Learning Circle YMCA, community has always, and will always come first. Come to the Berkeley Heights YMCA in October to celebrate our 20th anniversary milestone. Special events will mirror those from 20 years ago, such as 90s themed fitness classes, a celebratory dinner and dance, and Halloween Spooktacular. Additional festivities include a 20th Anniversary Fall Festival, Open House Week, and a Les Mills Launch Party. From the 1st of October until the 21st, raffles and contests will take place with daily prize winners. In addition to fun festivities, both the Berkeley Heights YMCA and Summit YMCA will be offering a $20 Join Fee promotion, normally valued at $80+.
More information about the Berkeley Heights 20th Anniversary and related events can be found online at: http://bit.ly/BHturns20.
The Summit Area YMCA is one of area’s leading 501c3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors, staff and partners. To help us help others, please make your donation today at www.thesay.org.