Dear Summit Area YMCA Member,
In March, the Y closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in our effort to help flatten the curve. To help families and individuals through this difficult time, we also made the decision to temporarily put all membership fees on hold because we expected the closure to be short-term.
The Summit Area YMCA is a nonprofit community organization that employs 500+ people and serves more than 15,000 members across the Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit communities. We are more than just a building, a swimming pool or a gym. For 135 years since our founding in 1886, the Y has been a beacon of strength and unity for people of all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen the community, together. All that we do, is for a better us.
Our mission has remained alive and active as we have adapted and we have come up with creative ways to serve our members and the community with a plethora of free virtual fitness classes, free early education and school age curriculum, free fresh food and shelf-stable pantry items, free activities and resources for individuals of all ages (youth, teens, adults, seniors), volunteer opportunities and financial assistance for programs and membership. In the more recent months, we began offering in-person early education and childcare, outdoor group exercise classes, personal training, swim team practice, summer camp, outdoor pool activities, an outdoor fitness center—and we have continuously been coming up with innovative solutions to serve our community outside of our walls. As of September 8, we are excited to offer our members the opportunity to get back inside the Y to workout in our fitness centers and swim laps in our indoor pools. For the most up to date information on available programs and services at the Y, please visit our Reopening Guide.
We sincerely thank all of you who have shown us overwhelmingly positive support by staying with us and participating in our available programs.
As we navigate these extenuating circumstances for the fifth month, it has become even more apparent that we are stronger and better when we work together and that now, more than ever we need your help to continue our mission for the long-term, so that we can continue to keep our community strong in spirit, mind and body. Beginning in August the automatic draft of your membership dues for September will resume based on your previously selected monthly billing date.
Your membership options are listed below and we ask that you please confirm your selection here.
• Option 1: Keep my membership active. If you choose this option, please know we are deeply grateful to you for staying with us. Your membership will help sustain our Y now and in the future.
• Option 2: Place my membership on hold for a monthly cost of $40. Because we understand each individual may have different circumstances that prevent full activation of your membership, if you choose this option, we are grateful to you for choosing to stay with us on hold and for helping to sustain our Y through the monthly $40 payment.
• Option 3: Cancel my membership. If you choose this option, we understand that there may be circumstances that require this action and we empathize with you. We ask for your thoughtful consideration of this option should you choose it, as numerous cancellations will have an impact on our future resilience and ability to support our members, employees and the community.
Regardless of how you proceed, we hope that you will agree that the Y makes a meaningful, positive impact in people’s lives and has been a force for good in our community. Please help us be here for good and consider a gift of financial support by donating to the Summit Area YMCA.
MAKE YOUR SELECTION
To find out the latest on available programs and services at the Y, visit thesay.org/reopen. Thank you again for your support. We are deeply grateful for your patience and generosity.
President & CEO
Summit Area YMCA
About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve over 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. 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.
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